During the mid-20th century, steel was the material of choice for car makers to create the bodywork of their road going cars. However, there were customers who demanded that their sportscars were lighter and more in-line with what companies were selling as high-performance road cars. Thus manufacturers like Ferrari, who were already using a lighter aluminium alloy bodywork for their competition cars started using the same materials to build their road cars as well to cater to their client’s expectation.
While this trend began somewhat earlier with the Ferrari 250 GT SWB, it continued on to other road cars, like this gorgeous 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy which is going under the hammer with RM Sotheby’s at their upcoming sale that is to take place at Ferrari’s home turf in Maranello on September 9.
Ferrari 275 GTB/C in action from HistoricRacingHD
The Ferrari 275 GTB was produced between 1964 and 1968, during when there were quite a few variation of the car that were made. In typical Ferrari fashion, the name implied to the 275cc displacement of each cylinder in the engine, while the GTB was short for Grand Touring Berlinetta. While all of the variants included the same 3.3-litre Ferrari Columbo V12 that produced around 280 – 300 horsepower, they were mainly separated by two variants – the two cam and the four cam 275 GTBs. The later 4 cam cars came with a more complicated six carburettor engine while the early Ferrari 275 GTBs, like this one here were fitted with three Webber carburettors. In addition of being a early model car, this particular car here is also a “Long Wheelbase” or long-nose version making it an even more elusive model than the rest of the cars with of same moniker.
Photos by Cymon Taylor for RM Sotheby’s