1965 Ferrari 275 GTB 6C RHD Short Nose
This rare Ferrari was originally owned by well-known businessman and philanthropist Gerald Ronson and is one of only five 275 GTB Short Noses built in right hand drive with six carburettors.
Ordered in April of 1965 this car was delivered to Mr Ronson via Maranello Concessionaires and HR Owen Ltd in May of that year. Original correspondence on file from this time shows that it was ordered in Rosso Cina paint with Black leather and checked Grey cloth seats, although Mr Ronson changed this prior to delivery and the car was actually finished with Black all-leather seats highlighted with Red piping. Other features specified by Mr Ronson included light alloy wheels, Radiomobile radio with roof-mounted aerial, Mintex M33 soft-pad brakes, seat belts and the optional ‘Silent Travel’ package, which comprised extra sound deadening material in the interior and the engine bay. Interestingly Mr Ronson also initially specified that the car be fitted with three twin-choke carburettors but reserved the right to upgrade to a six carburettor configuration, without additional cost to him, should this prove unsatisfactory. Given that the car was subsequently fitted with six carburettors it seems likely that he changed his mind on this point, possibly on advice from Maranello Concessionaires themselves.
In spite of the interest that he had clearly taken in ordering his Ferrari, Mr Ronson only retained his car for some 18 months and by October 1965 it was in the possession of a David Llewellyn, Managing Director of the family building and engineering firm that bore his name. The mileage at this time was relatively limited with only the first 2,500 mile service being recorded in the paperwork. Mr Llewellyn’s tenure of ownership was similarly brief and by the spring of 1967 he had sold the car to its third owner, a Mr Charles Morley-Fletcher. The next significant period of ownership was, however, of a much longer duration and occurred from the early 1980s until 2015 when the car remained in the hands of well-known historic racer Bill Goodall. Unlike previous owners, Mr Goodall clearly wanted to use his Ferrari in anger and over a ten year period from 1985 to 1995 secured numerous successes at events such as the Prescott Hill Climb, Wiscombe Park Hill Climb, Brighton Speed Trials, and the Manx Classic. In spite of this extended use, by the time the car moved to JD Classics in 2015 it remained in very original condition and only showed just over 51,000 recorded miles. Importantly it also retains a full set of Numbers that Match the vehicle's factory data sheet and its fabulous history file that contains extensive correspondence between the early owners and Maranello Concessionaires and HR Owen.
Currently undergoing a total in-house JD Classics bare metal restoration this Ferrari provides a wonderful opportunity to acquire a superb example of one of the rarest of all 275s with outstanding provenance. Due for completion by Spring 2018, finished in Grigio Notte paint with Black leather interior.
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