If you are into vintage cars like we are, then chances are you already know the story about this 1966 Ferrari alloy-body long nose 275 GTB survivor. Even if you have seen it before, we’re sure that you will agree that this one’s definitely worth a revisit. As the story goes, the car was excavated by Ferrari barn find expert Tom Shaughnessy after sitting in the corner of a Ferrari mechanic shop in Southern California since the early 70’s. We have no idea how the car could have gone unnoticed there for so long, but if you have heard of Tom before then you know he pulls together some serious hat tricks when uncovering these once-lost cars. In fact, you may remember him from his more recent garage find from a few weeks ago of a Ford GT40, another jaw dropping story not to be missed. So, come take a closer look at this all original vintage Ferrari with us on the following page, then be sure to check out his GT40 find after in “Related Posts” if you haven’t already, you won’t be disappointed if you like “barn” finds.
Having covered only 60,000 miles from new, this aluminum body 275 GTB was with the same owner since 1973 until Tom purchased it in 2011. Only a handful of them were made out of the lighter weight material for racing, while the remaining were produced with visually identical steel bodies.
He performed only a sympathetic restoration to preserve it’s original patina by bleeding the brakes, cleaning the fuel and addressing some fuel pump leaks, then didn’t even wash it before entering it at that year’s Monterey Concourso Italiano car show in the un-restored class. With the only other alteration being adding air to the tires, there it sat in all of it’s glory as the true garage find that it was.
We respect that he didn’t touch it, as original cars are in so much more of a rarefied air than restored examples now-a-days that it would have been a cardinal sin to have restored it before publicly showing it. Not to mention, they are so much more interesting to look at after being just found with all of it’s dirt still left on it.
After the show, it went on to hit the block the following day at the 2011 Gooding & Company auction, fetching a cool $1,540,000 when the hammer dropped.
Within the period of only a couple of days, Tom got the car up and running, publicly shown at a few events and then sold, freeing him up for his next Ferrari barn find adventure. We’d have to say that’s an enviable way to spend your time, wouldn’t you agree? We are looking forward to Tom’s next adventure, but until then find this one in the links below…