1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder

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 that characterized the coachwork of the 250 Series cars, the arrival of the 275 in 1964 brought with it standard bodywork, that of the 275 GTS being manufactured by Pininfarina themselves.

In Ferrari nomenclature of the period, a model’s designation reflected an individual cylinder’s cubic capacity, so the newcomer displaced 3.3 liters, up from its predecessor’s 3.0 liters. The GTS’s Columbo-type V12 engine produced 260 horsepower.

By the mid 1960s, Ferrari’s road cars were beginning to lose some of their rougher edges and take on a more luxurious mien. The 275 GTS interior is notable for its generously sized seats and wood veneer dashboard. The driving experience is the raison d’être of Ferrari ownership, and in this respect the 275 GTS had lost none of its predecessors’ aggressive charm. Car & Driver magazine had this to say: “… it’s only natural that it (the V12 engine) should be the dominating factor in the car’s personality… You can feel it as much as you can hear it. It has a taut, powerful rush of response that comes to you through the seat of your pants, through the steering wheel rim. The instant the clutch is engaged, the chassis takes on life and begins to move as a unit with the engine; it’s an all-in-one-piece sensation that you normally feel only in racing cars…”

One of only 200 275 GTS models made, chassis number 06977 was originally finished in Amaranto (Amaranth Red) with beige interior. The car was sold new by Ferrari in Turin, Italy. Subsequently, it went through a couple more owners, including a stay in the United States, before spending the past 26 years in France.

Refinished in yellow and with its interior re-trimmed in black, this car is described by the seller as in generally fine condition. Offered with Massini Report, 06977 represents a rare opportunity to acquire a fine example of what many consider the most elegant of all Spyder Ferraris.

Steve Ahlgrim

Steve Ahlgrim - SCM Contributing Editor

Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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