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  Ferrari 275 GTB/C

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced in:1966
Numbers built:12
Designed by:Pininfarina
Predecessor:Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Clienti
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:October 26, 2015
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Click here to download printer friendly versionLike the four specials, the 275 GTB/C was powered by the 250 LM engine. Somehow Ferrari 'forgot' to mention to the governing body that the 275 GTB had a six Carburetor option, so only a three 'carb' engine could be homologated. Specifically for the 275 GTB/C, Weber constructed the 40 DF13 Carburetor of which three would replace the six 38 DCNs found on the 250 LM. The rest of the drivetrain was similar to the 275 GTB's, but strengthened slightly.

Two of the twelve built were sold for street use. Unlike the race cars, these street cars were fitted with alloy wheels shod with Pirelli tires. Competition cars were fitted with special Borrani wire wheels, shod with Dunlop's latest racing tires. It was this combination that would prove to be the weak spot of the 275 GTB/C; the tires had so much grip that they could overstress and break the spokes on the wheels. After the 275 GTB/C no competition Ferrari would be fitted with wire wheels again.

On the track the 275 GTB/C proved to be a true heir to to the 250 GTO throne. Many class victories were scored and 275 GTB/Cs were campaigned in the USA up until 1975. Built for endurance racing, it beat many much faster prototype racers on reliability. Highlights on the victory list are class wins at Le Mans in 1967 and, to underline its long career, a class win at the 1969 Spa 1000 km race.

Focusing on Formula 1 and sports car racing, Ferrari did not develop a replacement for the 275 GTB/C and all subsequent Ferrari GT racers were based on existing road cars and/or built by other companies like Michelotto. Accordingly the 275 GTB/C remains as the last in a legendary line of Ferrari GT racers that include the 250 GT TdF, 250 GT SWB and of course the 250 GTO.

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