Ferrari Classiche certified
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 06987
Engine no. 06987
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 Ferrari nomenclature of the period a model's designation reflected an individual cylinder's cubic capacity, so the newcomer displaced 3.3 litres, up from its predecessor's 3.0 litres. In standard trim the GTS's Columbo-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.
By the mid 1960s Ferrari's road cars were beginning to lose some of their rougher edges and take on a more luxurious mien, and the 275GTS interior is notable for its generously sized seats and wood veneer dashboard, the latter appearing for the first time in a Ferrari. Even the most sybaritic of customers, though, would acknowledge that the driving experience is the raison d'être of Ferrari ownership, and in this respect the 275GTS had lost none of its predecessors' aggressive charm. Car & Driver magazine had this to say: 'Since the engine is heir to a V12 tradition that's gone on for almost twenty years, it's only natural that it should be the dominating factor in the car's personality, and that the whole car should have been developed around the engine and its own unique character. 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 that's unique to the Ferrari among normal passenger vehicles today.'
One of only 200 275GTS models made, chassis number '06987' was delivered new to Luigi Chinetti Motors of Greenwich, Connecticut, USA and almost immediately sold on to Brumos Porsche in Jacksonville, Florida. Repainted from blue to green, the car was sold by Brumos in May 1968 to Lannie H Thompson, Jr of Gainsville, Florida and in October '69 was repainted red, by which time the odometer had recorded 27,400 miles. In August 1976 the engine was rebuilt in the USA and the Ferrari continued in Lannie Thompson's ownership until March 1987 when it was sold to Thomas Green of Daytona Beach, Florida. Green kept '06987' for some two years before selling the Ferrari to European Auto Sales Inc of Costa Mesa, California, and in August 1989 the car ended up in the UK with marque specialist Terry Hoyle, who used it as his personal transport. At this time a total of 40,900 miles was showing on the odometer.
Registered 'ECD 308C' in the UK, the car was restored by Hoyle in 1990 and the following year was tested for Sports Car International magazine (Car Classics reprinted the article in July 1992). In 1991 the Ferrari was advertised for sale by Talacrest Limited and the following year was purchased by London resident Rocky Soltra, the odometer now showing 60,677 miles. Purchased by the current private Swiss owner later that same year, '06987' represents a rare opportunity to acquire a fine 'matching numbers' example of what many consider to be the most elegant of all spyder Ferrari.
Une des seulement deux cent Ferrari 275 GTS produites au total, la voiture n° 06987 fut livrée neuve à Luigi Chinetti Motors de Greenwich, dans le Connecticut (USA) et presque immédiatement vendue à Brumos Porsche à Jacksonville, en Floride. Repeinte en vert après avoir été bleue, la voiture fut vendue par Brumos en mai 1968 à Lannie H. Thompson, Jr, de Gainsville (Floride). En octobre 1969, elle fut repeinte en rouge avec, à cette date, 43 850 km au compteur. En août 1976, le moteur fut refait aux Etats-Unis et la Ferrari demeura aux mains de Lannie Thompson jusqu'en mars 1987, date à laquelle elle fut cédée à Thomas Green de Daytona Beach, (Floride) qui la conserva environ deux ans avant de la revendre à European Auto Sales Inc. de Costa Mesa (Californie). En août 1989, la Ferrari arriva au Royaume-Uni chez le spécialiste de la marque Terry Hoyle qui l'utilisa comme voiture personnelle. Elle avait alors parcouru au total 65 450 km.
Immatriculée « ECD 308C » au Royaume-Uni, la voiture restaurée par Hoyle en 1990 fit l'objet l'année suivante d'un essai par le magazine Sports Car International (article reproduit par Car Classics en juillet 1992). En 1991, la Ferrari fut mise en vente par Talacrest Limited et acquise l'année suivante par Rocky Soltra de Londres avec 97 090 km au compteur. Achetée par l'actuel propriétaire suisse cette même année, « 06987 » représente une rare opportunité d'acquérir un bel exemplaire à numéros concordants de ce que beaucoup considèrent comme le plus élégant de tous les spyders Ferrari.