There had been open-top Ferrari road cars before the advent of the ‘250’ series, but it was, chiefly, Pininfarina’s offerings on the latter chassis that established the convertible as a fixture of the Ferrari range. After the experimentation and variety which characterised the coachwork of the 250-series cars, the arrival of the ‘275’ in 1964 brought with it standard bodywork, that of the 275GTS being manufactured by Pininfarina themselves. In standard trim the GTS’s Colombo-type, 60-degree, V12 engine produced 260bhp at 7,000rpm, some 20 horsepower fewer than when installed in the contemporary 275GTB.
The chassis followed Ferrari’s established practice, being a multi- tubular frame tied together by oval main tubes, and for the first time on a road-going Ferrari. There was independent rear suspension, the latter employing a double wishbone and coil- spring arrangement similar to that of the 250LM sports-racer.
The adoption of a rear-mounted five-speed transaxle combining the now all-synchromesh gearbox and differential in a single unit helped improve weight distribution, and this feature would characterise future generations of front-engined Ferrari road cars. Produced between 1964 and 1966, the 275GTS altered little during the course of its short life, apart from the adoption of constant velocity joints for the open prop shaft shortly after the commencement of production.
The Ferrari 275 GTS we are offering here is chassis 07615, the 114th of 200 examples built, and was supplied new for the US market via Luigi Chinetti Motors of Greenwich, CT. The assembly sequence was #114 and the body no. was PF 175114. 07615 was originally finished in Argento 20265A with Pelle Bleu VM3015 to the interior. The car received, during its early days, a correct transmission replacement unit, as specified in its Classiche Certification red book. During the 80s the car was imported to the UK and later on offered for sale in the Ferrari Market Letter, issue 1301 by J.F. Chambault. At this time 07615 was changed to red with black leather to the interior. 07615 was soon after sold to Swiss collector Alain Hotz of Switertland and remained in the country until the mid 2000s. In 2007 the car received the Classiche Certification and was acquired by its current owner who decided to have it entirely restored by renowned marque expert Roelofs Engineering between 2012-2013. During this time the car was re- finished in a very elegant Nero with Cognac leather to the interior.
A Ferrari Classiche Certification update was done on this occasion. Truly enjoyed and cherished since its restoration, 07615 represents a fantastic opportunity to purchase one of just 200 cars produced, this example is particularly finely tuned by Roelofs Engineering, who is widely considered to be one of the best engineers for Ferrari engines worldwide. This excellent 275 GTS would be a great addition to any Ferrari collection.