1965 Ferrari 275 GTB
Ferrari 275 GTB
From October of 2014 to August of 2015 #08011 underwent a complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration here at Canepa. Every element of the rare aluminum-bodied car, from the body to the chassis, engine to the suspension, interior to the paint were meticulously researched and restored. Over 4000 hours were invested into the process and the result was nothing short of remarkable. It premiered at the 2015 Ferrari Club America International Meet in Monterey, CA where it won Coppa di Platino and Coppa Bella Macchina on its first showing.
A brief of history of #08011
Ferrari #08011 was requested by the official Orebro, Swedish Concessionairre, Tore Bjurström in the Fall of 1965. The order was placed on behalf of favored client and professional racer, Sture Nottorp of Göteborg, Sweden.
The order specified an all alloy body with special high-performance engine. Construction of the carefully prepared Tipo 231 engine was begun in November of 1965. The stock motor received six Weber carburetors with matching up-rated cylinder-heads, camshafts, valves and corresponding adjusted ignition timing. The stock 275GTB exhaust manifolds were replaced by paired GTO type units which fed through an Abarth Competition exhaust system.
The car was officially invoiced by Tore Bjurström to Nottorp on May 5th, 1966 shortly after delivery to Nottorp, the car was displayed during the Sports Car Show in the Göteborg, Sweden.
Nottorp was a well known gentlemen racer and specifically ordered the car for the Monte Carlo Rally requesting the car be eligible for the GT class but in the lightest trim and highest power available. In addition to the specially prepared engine, the car ran a reduced final drive ratio.
By 1966, Nottorp’s eye-sight and most specifically his night-vision was beginning to fail. Nonetheless, he had this Competition Ferrari 275 GTB/6C specifically prepared for the upcoming race. The bumpers were removed and two sets of specially fitted square running lights fitted in place of the grill work and bumpers. A central cyclops type aircraft spot lamp was fitted on a windshield wiper motor and could be raised and lowered by the driver in the cockpit while racing.
After completion of this work, Nottorp was on his way to the Monte Carlo Rally when he realized that even with the supplemental lights his vision problems would hinder him in the race and he formally withdrew.
Nottorp nonetheless kept the car until May 25th, 1969. It would move through a few Swedish owners until a small electrical fire in the car’s interior saw it being returned to the Ferrari factory in 1973 for repairs. The car was then delivered to Carrozzeria Scaglietti where the original racing modifications to the nose were removed and bumpers refitted. Upon completion of the repairs the car was returned to Sweden. In 2007 #08011 was brought into the US by a prominent collector.