In 1966, Ferrari went back to the drawing board with their two-seat grand tourer, the 275 GTB, adding a slightly longer and lower nose in order to reduce front end lift. One of these rare 275 GTB ‘Long Nose’ examples is set to go under the gavel at Mecum’s upcoming Monterey auction, with estimates placing its value as high as $2.8 million.
The example to be sold by Mecum, chassis umber 08603, is one of 58 examples equipped with triple weber carburetors and a special torque tube, which was installed to reduce vibrations the open driveshaft caused. The car was produced for the North America market and was sold new through Luigi Chinetti’s Greenwhich, Connecticut dealership.
In 1970, Bobileff Motorcars of San Diego rebuilt the 275 GTBs engine, transaxle and clutch. Later in 1994 it finished third in class at the second annual Vintage Ferrari Concours in Carmel Valley, California and first in class at the Ferrari Club of America International Concours d’Elegance in Monterey. There it was purchased by an offshore buyer before returning to the United States in 2015.
Mecum says the “carefully preserved,” 275 GTB will “unquestionably serve to elevate any Ferrari collection.” For more information on the rare front-engine GT before it crosses the auction block this weekend, click here.