1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/C

Despite its road-going intent, Ferrari was forced to reconsider the 275 almost from the day it was launched. After the rear-engine 250 LM was denied homologation, Ferrari had to begin fitting the 275 with competition engines and aluminum bodies for their race clientele. This resulted in a tremendous class victory at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Initially, Ferrari prepared four very specialized 275 Competitzione Speciales but had trouble homologating the cars due to their extremely low weight. These four cars were eventually allowed to race, but after a small series of heavier cars were prepared with short-nose bodies.

The GTB/C was largest prepared for the 1966 season. The cars varied in detail, but most usually featured high lift camshafts, larger valves, bigger carburetors, stronger engine internals, Plexiglas side windows wider wheels, flared wheel arches and most importantly, a thin-gauge aluminum body.

Only around 10 short nose and 12 long nose GTB/Cs were completed and some saw serious track use. Throughout their racing career the GTB/Cs racked up quite a number of class victories but these purposeful cars have been overshadowed in Ferrari history by the 250 GTO and SWB. The GTB/C was also the last competition GT cars built by Mauro Forghieri and Ferrari’s racing department in Maranello.

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Specs & Performance

submitted byRichard Owen
typeRacing Car
built atMaranello, Italy
engineTipo 213, Aluminum-Alloy, 60 Degree V12 w/Dry Sump Lubrication
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetrainSOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedWeber 40 DFI/3
displacement3286 cc / 200.5 in³
bore77 mm / 3.03 in
stroke58.8 mm / 2.31 in
power223.7 kw / 300.0 bhp @ 8000 rpm
specific output91.3 bhp per litre
bhp/weight315.79 bhp per tonne
torque294.21 nm / 217.0 ft lbs @ 6000 rpm
body / frameSteel Body over Tipo 596 Tubular Steel Chassis
driven wheelsRWD w/Limited Slip Differential
wheel typeCampagnolo Magnesium Alloy ‘Starburst’
front tires205VR14
rear tires205VR14
front brakesDunlop Discs
rear brakesDunlop Discs
front wheelsF 35.6 x 17.8 cm / 14.0 x 7 in
rear wheelsR 35.6 x 17.8 cm / 14 x 7 in
steeringWorm & Roller
f suspensionUnequal Wishbones w/Coil Springs over Koni Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionUnequal Wishbones w/Coil Springs over Koni Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight950 kg / 2094 lbs
wheelbase2400 mm / 94.5 in
front track1401 mm / 55.2 in
rear track1417 mm / 55.8 in
length4410 mm / 173.6 in
width1720 mm / 67.7 in
transmissionRear-Mounted 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.076:1, 2.119:1, 1.572:1, 1.250:1, 1.038:1
top speed~257.5 kph / 160 mph
0 – 60 mph~6.3 seconds
class victories1966 24 Hours of Le Mans

Auction & Sales History

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/C

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C 09079 – sold for $9,405,000 Le Mans 24 Hours, 1000 Kms de Spa-Francorchamps and 500 Kms de Imola Class Winner. One of the most successful and pedigreed examples of the twelve 275 GTB/Cs. Restored to 1967 Le Mans Class Winning livery and Ferrari Classiche Red Book Certified. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Cavallino Classic entrant. Offered with extensive history file including copies factory build sheets. Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auction 2015 by Bonhams

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/C

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C 09067 – sold for €5,712,000 The 9th of 12 examples produced. Fully matching-numbers example with Ferrari Classiche certification. Frequent vintage rally participant. Recently fully serviced by Ferrari specialists. Perhaps the finest, most original example of its kind. Auction Source: 2014 Monaco by RM Auctions