Ferrari announced the launch of the 275 series in October 1964 at the Salon de L’Automobile in Paris. The series consisted of a hard-top Berlinetta, dubbed the “GTB”, and cabriolet spider, from which the GTS takes its name. Both bodies were designed by Pininfarina. While the chassis and engines for the two models were essentially identical, the similarities ended there. The GTB body was fabricated by Maranello’s preferred competition coachbuilder Scaglietti, while the more luxuriously appointed GTS was constructed at Pininfarina’s Grugliasco factory.
The Ferrari 275 GTS was completely different in appearance and proportions to its closed-roof sibling, while the cabriolet car was constructed of steel with aluminium bonnet, boot lit, and doors. Uncovered headlamps, triple-louvered wings, a tapered rear end, and standard Borrani wire wheels were the spider’s key visual identifiers, and those features were eventually carried over to the 330 and 365 GTS variants that followed. Just 200 examples of the 275 GTS were built over an 18-month production period, making the model far rarer than the 275 GTB, of which over twice the amount were made. Prized by Ferrari enthusiasts today as the luxurious grand touring expression of the celebrated 3.3-litre Colombo platform, the 275 GTS has evolved into one of the era’s most collectable open-top Ferraris.
The example we are pleased to offer for sale was completed in September, 1965. It was first delivered new to Italy via Autotouring of Modena. The car was treated to a full nut and bolt restoration with Joe Macari Classics five years ago, during which, the car underwent a bare metal respray in Nero and the interior was retrimmed in Pelle Rossa leather.
This example sits today in wonderful restored condition and wants for nothing. It was also awarded Classiche Certification from the Ferrari Factory in 2018, confirming its matching numbers engine. One of only 200 examples built, this stunning GTS would make a fantastic addition to any Ferrari collection.