1966 saw Ferrari launch the 275 GTB/C on a completely new chassis that Mauro Foghieri had designed for a dual-purpose race car. Designated as Tipo 590A, it was lighter and stronger than the standard 275 chassis. A total of twelve 275 GTB/C Scaglietti Berlinetta Competizione cars were built by Ferrari’s racing department at Maranello, each being outfitted with a relatively voluptuous body that was characteristic of the designs by Pinifarina during that period of time.
To allow clearance for racing tires (7” x 15” in the front and 7.5” x 15” in the rear), the wheel arches are flared to make the body of the GTB/C wider than a regular production GTB, especially in the rear, where fenders widen out behind the doors. The aluminum body is also covered by a 0.028-inch (21 gauge) skin only half as thick as that on a normal-bodied GTB.
Last but not the least, the interior of the 275 GTB/C is built with rear mounts, whereas its rear section is reinforced to prevent it from flexing under impact. With an impressive race record over the decades, the 275 GTB/C is going to be remembered and honored as one of Ferrari’s last true dual-purpose race cars. For many Ferrari enthusiasts, the 275 GTB/C has the same features that have made the GTO a much-sought-after prize possession.
The car with Chassis No. 9057 was ordered through Luigi Chinetti, Ferrari’s US Concessionaire for the North American Racing Team and delivered on Sept. 18, 1966 to Bob Hutchins, the first owner. He briefly raced the car before selling it on to Harley Cluxton, once again through Chinetti’s Ferrari dealership. The car remained in the United States for the next four decades or more, and it was raced extensively throughout the 1990s in historic events.
In 2010, this Ferrari was displayed by Fiskens at Retromobile, Paris 2010 and acquired by Vincent Gaye, a Belgian historic racer. He had the car meticulously prepared so that it is now one of the fastest cars of its type. . In its metallic light blue livery and with start number #55, Chassis 9057 was seen during the Second Spa Classic in 2012 and in the Third Spa Classic one year later, where it finished first in the Trofeo Nastro Rosso race 1 and race 2 respectively (races for Italian sports cars and GTs from before 1966).
* Hand-assembled metal precision model consisting of 781 parts
* Authentic and true to scale shaped body.
* Hinged bonnet with self-locking holder
* Twelve-cylinder V-engine with wiring/ cabling
* Originally styled dashboard with all round instruments and controls
* Screwable Borrani central locks with right / left thread
* Detailed ventilation slots on the front fenders
* Tank filler neck with opening cap in the trunk
* Functional doors with movable triangular windows
* Race-like design of the vehicle interior with racing equipment, such as roll bars and seat belts
* Leather-padded bucket seats and the rest of the interior covered with fine leather
* Authentically reproduced Nardi 3-spoke steering wheel in wood look
* Removable spare wheel in the trunk
* Functional independent suspension on wishbones made of metal on all four wheels
* Consistent replica of the exhaust system on both sides with chrome-plated metal tailpipes
* Movable flap for oil filler neck on the front right fender
* Dimensions L x W x H: 24.3 x 9.6 x 6.9 cm
* Weight: 880 gram
* Weight with original packaging: 1.5 Kg
Note: Models may have some different features.
The photos are of the manufacturer’s prototype.