1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer (BB) by Scaglietti
The 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB #18057 was completed on July 15, 1974, and delivered new to official importer SAVAF, of Geneva, Switzerland, wearing Blu Dino (106-A-72) over Nera (VM 8500) leather upholstery. It was first registered for the road in Switzerland on August 15, 1974, and later that year, it was sold to Dr. Philippe Collet, of Brent and La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland, who registered it as VD 40431.
In April 1991, the car was sold by Collet to Andreas Mettauer, of Riehen, Switzerland. At this time, it showed 31,150 kilometers on its odometer and was refinished in red with a red bottom. After a carburetor fire caused damage to the engine bay and interior, it was sold to Claudio Cathomen, of Switzerland, and between 1999 and 2003, it was completely restored by Fritz Räfaeli.
It was recommissioned again in 2008 and has since spent time with a series of Swiss owners and, most recently, Japanese Ferrari specialist Kazuhiko Kura, of Castel Auto in Yokohama. Kura, a 40-year veteran Ferrari restorer who has replaced the interior, rectified all other remaining cosmetic issues from the previous restoration, and carefully restored everything to original specification.
The restoration is documented by numerous photographs, including a record of the comprehensive engine rebuild, which qualifies as a total overhaul by any standard, although the car still retains its original drivetrain. The work to the engine included line boring the cylinders and installing new pistons, rings, valves, guides, crankshaft and connector bearings, timing belt and tensioner bearings, a clutch and pressure plate, and gaskets and seals; the list goes on, and all components feature the proper finishes that one would expect to find.
Not surprisingly, it is reported to run exceptionally strong. Today, this car, showing a modest 34,796 miles, is beautifully finished in red with a black lower body, which is the classic color combination for the model. As such, it is stunning and an impressive representation of the first and most highly sought after Boxer. Extras on the car include an original jack and cover, a leather pouch with a registration insert, and a manual copy. A file of Swiss maintenance records will also be supplied with the car.
The lightest, purest, and rarest Berlinetta Boxer Delivered new to Geneva; retains its original drivetrain Fresh restoration by Japanese specialists at Castel Auto
74/jul – SAVAF, Geneva, CH
74/… – .CH
74/… – Dr. Philippe Collet, La Tour-de-Peilz, VD, CH “VD 40431”
91/apr – Andreas Mettauer, Riehen, CH 31,5000km … now red over black ../… – carburetor fire
../… – Claudio Cathomen, CH
99/… – restored by Fritz Räfaeli
08/dec/20 – Bonhams Gstadd Auction
15/jan/15-16 – RM Arizona Auction
Lot 210 – Est. $400,000 – $500,000
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