Ferrari 275 GTB
In addition to being a landmark among Ferrari automobiles, the 275 GTB’s coachwork, designed by Pininfarina and executed by Scaglietti, was a particularly effective, organic, aggressive design. Recognized as important when new, appreciation of its design has grown in the nearly fifty years since it first appeared, making the 275 GTB a very sought after berlinetta.
With its sensuously shaped fenders, covered headlights, long hood, short fastback rear deck, small spoiler, cut-off Kamm tail, abbreviated bumpers flanking the wide, low oval air intake with its egg crate grille, strategically limited chrome and swept back body colour air extractor vents in the front fenders and roof sail panel the 275 GTB is all about purpose; the studied integration of form and function that look poised to leap into action at any moment. It literally has no “bad angle”. Even the door lines integrate with the sweeping expression of the 275 GTB’s design elements.
And that, in the final analysis, is what makes the 275 GTB one of the greatest Ferraris ever built: a sophisticated, powerful, competent high performance berlinetta that looks as good as it runs.
Part of the RM Auctions event in Modenese in May, 2009; London in October of 2011; Arizona in January, 2013.
280 bhp, 3,285 cc V-12 engine, five-speed manual transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs and telescopic shocks, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400 mm (94.5 in.)
Source: RM Auctions
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