Ferrari Classiche is the department of the marque which specialize in restoring and verifying the authenticity of historic Prancing Horses. A recent project of the department saw a GTB 275 Competizione returned not just to the Maranello headquarters, but also to its full glory in factory standard after 50 years of racing, changing hands and modifications. Its journey was recently unfolded in The Official Ferrari Magazine.
Chassis number 09027 first left the factory in 1966 and went straight to compete in 24 Hours of Le Mans four days after, with the eye catching ‘Giallo Fly’ yellow livery and the number 57 of the Ecurie Francorchamps team. The race car received numerous modifications such as engine cooling openings and fog lamps. The next adventure was the Mont Ventoux hillclimb, then Marathon de la Route race at Nürburgring where the GTB 275/C was damaged, and back to Maranello for repairs under Carrozzeria Scaglietti.
Amateur driver Patrick McNally acquired the GTB 275/C in 1967 and changed its colour to silver, but another accident in the 1,000 km of Montlhéry resulted to another repair and it was painted red this time. After numerous owner changes it was only in recent years that 09027 returned to Maranello once again. You may not be able to imagine how far away from factory standard the car had become when it reached the Ferrari Classiche division: reshaped bodywork with altered air intakes, extra shock absorber in front suspension, plenty of replaced components, and even the unique ID plaque was not original. Of course the GTB 275/C is now restored to its utmost form, only after the Ferrari Classiche team digging through photos and documents from the Maranello archives.