1966 Ferrari 275 GTSSOLD

RM Auction: Ferrari - Legenda e Passione - Sunday, May 20, 2007

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Estimate: 240,000€-280,000€

423,500 € Sold

Offered Without Reserve

Specifications: 260bhp 3285cc single overhead camshaft Colombo V12 engine with five-speed synchromesh manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400mm (94.5")

Designed and built by Pininfarina, the 275 GTS shared its engine, chassis and suspension with Ferrari ’ s current berlinetta, the 275 GTB. Introduced together at the1964 Paris Auto show, the berlinetta and spyder were very well received.

With the latest 3.3 liter version of Ferrari ’ s alloy Colombo V-12, the 260 horsepower engine was capable of propelling the 275 GTS to speeds in excess of 220km/h. While certainly no slouch, in the case of the 275 GTS, the focus was on grand touring in top-down style. In spite of the car ’ s obvious worldwide appeal, the vast majority were sold in the U.S. - particularly California.

As with the berlinetta, the most important changes were in the chassis. For some reason Ferrari had insisted on live axles and leaf spring rear suspension for his street cars, years after he himself had proven the benefits of independent rear suspension on the track. Perhaps it was his rival Ferruccio Lamborghini ’ s new 350 GT, with its twin cam twelve and four-wheel independent suspension that spurred Ferrari to update his street cars.

Whatever the reason, the changes were dramatic. Rear suspension was now similar to the front, with upper and lower wishbones and coil springs all around. Four-wheel disc brakes were, of course, standard as well. Perhaps the most interesting update was the installation of a new five-speed rear mounted transaxle, which improved interior room while giving the car much better balance and weight distribution.

The body, completely unrelated to the 275 GTB, was totally new. The look was cleaner and more muscular, with open headlights, an egg crate grill and fender vents. The driving experience, however, was pure Ferrari, characterized by wonderful sounds, superb balance, and of course – great style.

Although only 200 were originally produced, they were very popular with their original owners and are now even more so among informed collectors.

The example offered here is an excellent original car, having spent much of its life in the forgiving California climate. Finished in Rosso Corsa with a black top and interior, it shows just 46,000 miles. Although there is no means of verifying the indication, the condition of the car, including its wonderful original interior – showing justa little patina – fully supports the indicated mileage.

The vendor advises that the car has recently benefited from a major service by a marque specialist (including valve adjustment), at a cost of nearly €10,000, and is reported to be in superb running order. In addition, the car is accompanied by a full tool roll, an original handbook, and an extensive dossier of history and receipts, indicating that the car has been regularly serviced by Ron Tonkin Ferrari in Portland, Oregon. The car comes with a fresh MoT and current UK road registration documents.

In addition, the car is fitted with polished Borrani wire wheels, and has benefited from a careful detailing of the paint, interior, and engine bay. As a result, the car is in exceptional cosmetic condition, making it well suited for show or to be enjoyed on the warm sunny days for which it was designed.

Reference Number 8568

as of 4/15/2007

Car 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS
VIN 07563 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Black 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Exterior: Alloy rims
Interior: Leather interior, Wooden steering wheel 
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