Ferrari 255 S

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Description: The Ferrari 275 GTB/4 (1967); Also known as: GTB4. The Ferrari 275 GTB was given a Tipo 226 V12 engine with twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank. It was capable of developing as much horsepower as Ferrari's competition twin camshaft engines. The Tipo 226 engine had new quad-cam system with a dry sump oiling system which preventing the engine

The 250 series of sports car had quickly become Ferrari's most successful early line. The model had made its debut on the circuit some three years before the first street car would be produced. This gap would provide more than enough time for the anticipation to set in. With many of the model variations coming to be listed as some of the 'Greatest Ferraris of all time' it was obvious Ferrari had a winning hand.

All Ferrari needed to do was play their cards right and the success and prestige would continue. Pinin Farina would recognize this and go on to only create an evolution of the chassis. The rest of the improvement would be made up of the 3.3-liter Colombo V12 engine that was capable of producing between 280 and 300 hp.

The model capable of turning 300 hp was the 275 GTB/4 which was first introduced at the Paris Motor Show in October of 1966. The GTB/4 stood for a four-cam engine. Combined with the six carburetor arrangement, the Colombo V12 was able to reach 300 hp and hit speeds of 165 mph.

One of those 300 hp, fire-breathing 275 GTB/4 Berlinettas, would be offered at this year's RM Auctions event in Monterey, California. Not only would this car draw its lineage from one of the most-balanced and nimble-footed Ferraris of all time, it would end up earning honors to prove the elegant Pinin Farina body is as much of what makes a car as that which lies under the bodywork and hood.

The car would remain in Italy after being produced. It would be delivered to the director of Tecnotele, S.p.A. in 1967. It would remain with the Milanese company until the early 1970s when it would end up being shipped to the United States. Bart J. McMullen had imported the car and would pass it on to its second owner, Jerry D. Leonard. Leonard had obviously become drawn to the GTB/4 as he already owned one by the time he would come to acquire 10051.

Leonard would own the Bleu Ferrari from 1973 until 1976 when he would go on to sell the car to Jim Hunter of Atlanta, Georgia. Jim Hunter was co-owner of FAF Motorcars, which is the official Ferrari dealership for the area.

The car would again be sold. After four years with Mr. Hunter, the car would change hands and become the property of Bruce Vineyard. Vineyard was a former president of the southern region of the Ferrari Owners' Club.

After nearly twenty years of ownership, Mr. Vineyard would have the car go through a complete restoration. He would contract Mike Gourley of Continental Coachworks to oversee the work. In addition to Continental Coachworks, Ferrari of Atlanta would be included to take care of the mechanical work. Charlie Kemp, of Ferrari South, would oversee completion of the cosmetic details.

When it neared completion, it was decided to complete the car in Fly Yellow with a black leather interior. Upon completion, Vineyard would go on to sell the car. He had owned the car for a quarter of a century.

In 2008, after being purchased, the car was immediately refinished to its original Ferrari Blue exterior finish. The interior would also be refinished in Bleu VM trim. Complete with Borrani wheels, a full set of tools, service manuals and historical records the car would go on to earn a First in Class and Best Closed Design award at the Dana Point Concours d'Elegance just in June of this year. Currently the car is being inspected by Ferrari Classiche and is expected to receive its full certification soon.

The gorgeous, sweeping lines of the Pinin Farina bodywork, the Colombo V12 engine, award winning history and being one of the greatest Ferraris of all time all combined to create a car that end up garnering $1,485,000 at auction.

'Lot No. 152: 1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4 Berlinetta', ( RM Auctions. Retrieved 29 August 2011.

Wikipedia contributors, 'Ferrari 250', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 23 August 2011, 11:08 UTC, accessed 29 August 2011

Wikipedia contributors, 'Ferrari 275', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 4 June 2011, 21:51 UTC, accessed 29 August 2011

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