Delivered new in 1965, this Ferrari 275 GTB, fitted with the favourable six-carburettor setup, is one of only 11 RHD examples to ever leave the Maranello.
The car was ordered by a VIP client of Ferrari, Dr Wilkins, better known as Dick Wilkins, who owned an impressive array from the Maranello marque including a P4, 250TR and, in partnership with Rob Walker, the 250 SWB driven by none other than Stirling Moss, which he owned at the time Moss won the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood in 1960.
When Dr Wilkins ordered this car, the car was built to the ultimate specification, which most importantly meant fitting the six-carburettor setup. The original specification chosen was Rosso Chiaro exterior paint over a black leather interior with grey carpets and headlining. Additional factory optional extras included full leather seats and Borrani wire wheels.
The car went on to later be acquired by Mr D.A. Harrison, owner of D.A. Harrison and Company, of Wigton, Cumbria, a gentleman in the haulage and storage industry. The 275 was then purchased by a MR C.W. MacDowall of Ingatestone who proceeded to place the registration of ’27 WY’ on the car.
Later on, in 1972 the car was then sold to musician, songwriter, record producer and known Ferrari enthusiast Mr Eric M. Stewart, of Tadworth, Surrey, best known as the lead vocalist for pop groups The Mindbenders and 10cc. Eric also owned a RHD 275 GTB/4, a RHD 250 SWB and, most notably, a 250 LM. This 275, like Eric’s entire Ferrari collection, was maintained without regard to cost by Graypaul Motors in Loughborough.
In late 1977, the car was exported and sold to successful industrialist Mr Elliott R. Coyle, of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA. An avid collector of fine English guns and exotic cars, Mr Coyle owned the car for over four years, until 1982, when it was purchased by a Mr Dave Becker who went on to own the car for the next 21 years.
After this period of ownership, the car was then brought back to the UK in August of 2013. Shortly after, the car was then sent back to Modena where it underwent a full nut and bolt restoration carried out by Ferrari specialists over a two-and-a-half-year period. Brandoli were responsible for the body and assembly, Cremonini for the paintwork, and Luppi for the interior. Meanwhile, in the UK, specialists GTO engineering were entrusted to carry out the mechanical aspect of the comprehensive restoration.
Following the completion of the restoration in Italy, the car was granted Classiche certification in its totally period correct specification. The exterior is finished in Verde Pino and the interior in a Brown Connolly Vaumol crushed grain 890 leather. On 2-3 July 2016, the car had the opportunity to showcase its restoration on the lawns of the Heveningham Hall Concours where it proved to be a real head turner.
Since restoration, this 275 has been enjoyed by two owners, sold to the current owner, a notable collector based in the United Kingdom via Tom Hartley Jnr, who now only wishes to part ways with the car due to relocation outside of the UK.
Complimented by a partial tool roll and jack, this stunning example of Ferrari’s 275 is available to view at our showrooms outside London by appointment immediately.
Classiche Certified as Matching Numbers Transaxle and Engine
Just 800 miles covered since restoration
One of only 11 right-hand drive, six carburettor, short nose cars produced
Over £400,000 and two-and-a-half years spent on the restoration
Mechanical aspect of the restoration entrusted to GTO Engineering
Verde Pino over Brown Connolly Vaumol leather
Ordered new by Dr Richard Wilkins, better known as Dick Wilkins
Complimented by a partial tool roll and jack