Ferrari 275 GTS
With its sleek, Pininfarina-designed open coachwork, the Ferrari 275 GTS replaced the 250 GT PF Series II Cabriolet. Introduced simultaneously with the 275 GTB at the prestigious 1964 Paris Auto Salon, the two models were markedly different in their respective designs. The 275 GTS was both cleaner and more muscular in appearance, with open headlights, an egg crate grille and wing vents. The spider variant was clearly intended for the lucrative American market and sunny California in particular, where the attractiveness and marketability of a high-performance grand touring cabriolet had long been established.
Built in Turin by Pininfarina, the 275 GTS bodies were mostly assembled from steel with alloy doors, bonnets and boot lids to form a rather conservative yet tremendously attractive design. Departures from the GTB model continued to the interior, where the seats of the GTS were somewhat less firmly bolstered and were trimmed in luxurious Connolly leather hides. In keeping with its grand touring character, the 275 GTS was powered by the latest 3.3-liter version of Ferrari’s proven V12 engine design, named after its original designer, Gioacchino Colombo. Redlining at 7,000 rpm and developing 260 brake horsepower, the Tipo 213 engine was capable of propelling the nimble Ferrari to 100 km/h in just under seven seconds, en route to top speeds in excess of 140 mph, depending upon rear-end gearing. While the 275 GTS may have carried 20 fewer horsepower than the 275 GTB, recent road tests confirmed the more useful power band of the Spider’s engine, which produced more torque at a somewhat lower rpm range than that of the Berlinetta.
Recently, Bruno Alfieri adroitly summed up the enduring impact of the Ferrari 275 GTS and GTB within the context of the crowded sports car market of the 1960s. While he acknowledged that these two Ferrari models were certainly able to equal and surpass many of their contemporaries, he noted “there was a fundamental difference: the two models from Maranello were the direct descendants – as always in the Ferrari tradition and spirit – of competition cars, and that made them unique, fascinating, and extremely enjoyable to drive.” The production cycle of the brilliant 275 GTS was rather brief and continued only until early 1966, when the 330 GTS superseded it. In fact, just 200 examples of the 275 GTS were produced, of which the vast majority were equipped with left-hand drive and destined for the United States.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
260 bhp, 3,286 cc V12 engine with three Weber twin-choke carburetors, five-speed manual transaxle, independent front and rear suspension with unequal-length A-arms and coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5".
Source: RM Auctions
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