"The car is the closest thing we will ever create to something that is alive"      - Sir William Lyons

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Alloy                 

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Alloy            Chassis Number 10269

 

Introduced at the 1964 Paris Motor Show, the 275 GTB replaced the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso. The most important new mechanical features of the 275 GTB were the rear-mounted gearbox and independent rear suspension. Ferrari already had plenty of experience of both systems in their competition cars, so the technology filtered through to the road models. 

 

The 275 GTB was more aggressive in appearance than its predecessor. Fabled designer Pininfarina designed the body, and coachbuilder Scaglietti constructed it. These sleek-nosed, Kamm-tailed grand tourers from the mid-Sixties were dubbed by Road & Track “the most satisfying sports car in the world” back then.

 

This car is a 275 GTB/4. Introduced in 1966, the 275 GTB/4 was an updated version of the early 275 GTB. Power came from a substantially reworked 221 kW (300 PS) 3,285.72 cc Colombo V12, still with two valves per cylinder but now with four cams and six carburetors. 

 

Most examples were built in steel with aluminum doors, hood, and trunk lid. However, a handful of examples – including this particular car – received full aluminum alloy bodies. Although Ferrari built 330 275 GTB/4 coupés in the 1966-1968 period, only 16 of these were bodied in aluminum panels. 

 

This example was fully restored in 2015. It wears its original colors, Giallo Fly (Fly Yellow) with black leather trim. The car is a multiple Platinum (Best in Class) award winner at shows sanctioned by the Ferrari Club of America. 

1963  Corvette  Split-window coupe

History and Background

1963 was a defining year in Corvette history.  It was the beginning of the 2nd generation design referred to as the C2.  This generation spanned from 1963 through the 1967 model year, and represented several significant changes from the earlier C1 generation:

  • A totally redesigned body that was labeled “Stingray” for its streamline features resembling the sea creature of the same name.

  • The first coupes were introduced and made up almost half the 1963 production. 

  • Greater horsepower options were available up to 360 HP in the fuel injected (fuelie) model.

  • Independent suspension that greatly improved ride and handling.

 

The 1963 split window coupe is unique among not only the C2 generation, but among the entire Corvette lineup from its inception in 1953 to the latest mid-engine design that was introduced in 2020.  The split rear window makes this model easily identifiable in that it was produced for only that single year.  While that feature enhanced the body lines it also obstructed the drivers rear view vision to the point that it was replaced by a single rear window glass in 1964.

 

The design beauty of the 63 split window coupe along with its rarity makes this model possibly the most collectable of all vintage Corvettes.

 

This Corvette on display here today has several attributes that makes it even more rare among the rare split window coupes.  Most of the mechanical components are original including the fuel injected 327 cubic inch, 360 horsepower engine.  Only about 6% of the 21,513 Corvettes manufactured in 1963 were fuelie coupes.  The odometer reading of just over 71,600 is thought to be correct in that this vehicle has spent most of its life as a part of various vintage automobile collections.

 

A 3-year restoration, that began in 2015, disassembled this car including removal of the body from the frame.  Components that could not be restored were sourced from original old GM parts stock (New old stock) or rebuilt parts that matched the original equipment.  Even the tires are period correct as noted by the absence of DOT numbers that became a manufacturing mandate by the US Department of Transportation in 1971. 

Soon to come:  more FreeWheeling special collection display cars.