1965 Ferrari 275GTS Spyder Coachwork by Pininfarina Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. 06977 Engine no. 06977
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, left-hand drive chassis number '06977' was originally finished in Amaranto (Amaranth Red) with beige Connolly hide interior. The car was sold new by Ferrari SpA on 14th April 1965 to Società Imosa (Immobiliare Mobiliare SpA) in Turin, Italy, apparently for the use of company owner Mr Soldati. In November 1967 the car was sold to the second owner, Carlo Tivoli, who in turn sold it onto the third owner, Ruggero Manca. Still in Turin, '06977' passed to its fourth owner, Angelo Mismetti, in July 1968 and some four years later was exported from Italy to the USA where it was owned by William Schoch of Lakeside, California. Around 1985/86 the Ferrari found a new owner in France, who would keep it for the next 26 years. Refinished in yellow and with its interior re-trimmed in black, the car is described by the vendor as in generally fine condition and will be presented for sale fresh from servicing and detailing by marque specialists (invoice available). Offered with Massini Report and current MoT, '06977' represents a rare opportunity to acquire a fine example of what many consider the most elegant of all spyder Ferraris.