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The Ferrari 275 was a 2-seat front-engined Gran Turismo automobile produced by Ferrari between 1964 and 1968. It rode on a 94.5 inch wheelbase on a multi-tube chassis. It was powered by a 3.3 L (3286 cc) Colombo 60° V12 engine that produced 280-300 hp. Disc brakes were installed all around. The Pininfarina designed and produced body was a graceful evolution of the car’s predecessor, the 250, and strongly contrasted with its replacement, the Daytona. The 275 introduced Ferrari’s “transaxle” concept, where the transmission and rear axle are integrated. It had a top speed of 150 miles per hour and a 0-60 time of 7.2 seconds. The V12 engine was connected to a five speed manual transmission. It had a list price of approximately $12,000.
Motor Trend Classic named the 275 GTB/GTS as number three in their list of the ten “Greatest Ferrari’s of all time”. Pininfarina built 200 275 GTS Spyders or convertibles for the American market (including 14 in right hand drive) between 1964-1966 with entirely different bodywork. It was intended to be more of a GT or Grand Touring car and less of a sports car than its GTB, berlinetta or coupe, brother.
The Ferrari 275 GTS made its debut alongside the Ferrari 275 GTB in October 1964 at the Paris Auto Show. Like its coupe stablemate, this convertible featured all new mechanicals, including its chassis, independent rear suspension, and rear transaxle. Its 3.3-liter V-12 was new, too, and was shared with the GTB, though the Ferrari Spyder’s was rated at 260 horsepower, the Ferrari Berlinetta’s at 280.
Just as important was the coachwork. Designed and built by Pininfarina, the Ferrari 275 GTS had softer lines than the GTB. It took the flavor of its slimmed-down rear section from the four-headlight Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, and in return would give later versions of the four-seater its single headlights and grille treatment.
The GTS was much more luxurious than the Ferrari 275 GTB, with fully adjustable and more-comfortable bucket seats, greater luggage space, and a softer ride. The top was particularly ingenious, capable of being raised and lowered with one hand and stowing in a shallow well behind the seats.
In early 1965, the Ferrari 275 GTS received a minor cosmetic update in the form of front fender louvers instead of vents. As noted production totaled only 200 units.
This car was ordered new and purchased in St. Louis Febuary 9, 1966 by Mrs. Clara Drefs who found that after acquiring the 275 she could not drive it and sent it straight back to the original Ferrari dealer (see attached copy). The dealer kept the car until 2008 and turned it over to the current dealer/owner. The miles are 100% guaranteed and the life of the car is documented from day one with a notarized statement for the owner since 1966.
The car has a current “Classiche” certification signed by Pierro Ferrari. The car comes complete with every manual, book, the spare keys and full tool kit. The engine has never been touched or out of the car. This is a survivor car. It was re-painted in Rosso Corsa in 1980-81 and the interior seat covers were recently replaced. The original seat covers are with the car. This is a well documented Ferrari 275 GTS with a most interesting and unusual story!