Unrestored Ferrari 275 GTB/4 comes to Amelia Island

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2015-06-26 11:27:23

A vintage Ferrari 275 which has sat hidden away for more than 30 years will now cross the block in Florida next month, at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island auction.

The 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 remains in completely original condition, having never been restored, shown publically or offered at auction in its 48-year history. It has been described by experts as "one of the most exciting garage finds in recent memory".

Chassis number 09489, finished in Bleu Chiaro with a black leather interior, was sold new in Rome in February 1967 and remained on the Italian roads until 1972 when it was acquired by American collector John Doonan.

Just months later, the car found its way into the collection of its final owner, a young Massachusetts-based car enthusiast. Having been cherished by his family and shown off at car events for a decade, the Ferrari was finally retired from the roads in 1982 due to its increasing value.

Since that day the car has never been started, driven or registered, and sat hidden away from the elements for 33 years in the owner's den as a prized possession. Now the Ferrari is expected to sell for $3.4-$3.8 million when it hits the auction block.  

“After 43 years in the care of one owner, Gooding & Company is proud to present this wonderful 275 GTB/4 at auction on behalf of the family that has so lovingly treasured and cared for it," said David Gooding, President and Founder of the company. "A Ferrari of this kind is what every collector dreams of finding and will never tire of its extraordinary quality and transcendent style.”

The Gooding & Company auction takes place on March 13 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

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