The Bruxelles Motor Show
1965 Ferrari 275GTS
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 07799
Engine no. 07799
3,285cc SOHC V12 Engine
260bhp at 7,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Delivered new as factory show car in Oro Chiaro over Rosso Scuro
*Exceptionally well presented example with matching numbers engine
*Prominent ownership history and kept by first owner for 34 years
*One of Ferrari's best driving open top road cars
*Documented history by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini
The Ferrari 275GTS
There had been open-top Ferrari road cars before the advent of the 250 series, but it was, chiefly, Pininfarina's offerings on the later chassis that established the convertible as a fixture of the Ferrari range. After the experimentation and variety which characterized the coachwork of the 250-series cars, the arrival of the 275 in 1964 brought with it bodywork being manufactured by Pininfarina themselves, with a considerably improved build quality. The chassis followed Ferrari's established practice, incorporating 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, this setup 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 characterize future generations of front-engined Ferrari road cars.
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 275GTS's 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'ętre 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."
The Motorcar Offered
Built during the last few months of 1965, this fine example of Ferrari's mid-sixties Spider, chassis no. 07799, was the 143rd 275GTS completed in a production run of just 200 cars. 181 of these were configured with left hand drive. 07799 was given Pininfarina body no. 175143, and finished in the excellent soft gold metallic color Oro Chiaro and fitted with a Rosso Scuro (red) interior. It was a left hand drive example destined for European delivery, fitted with metric, kilometers per hour gauges. Upon its completion, 07799 was delivered by the Ferrari factory in-house delivery logistics team to the Belgian importer Garage Francorchamps SA, for display at the Bruxelles Motor Show, held early January of 1966. The striking new Ferrari Spider must have been what every attendee with a taste for Italian sports cars came to see a thoroughly modern car tastefully finished in a very chic livery. It appears the car was only on loan to Garage Francorchamps, as 07799 was transported back to Maranello after the motor show.
In February 1966, 07799 was sold to its first owner, Juan Quintano Halpern of Madrid, Spain, through the Spanish Ferrari importer, Tayre SA, also based in Madrid. Mr. Quintano, a true Ferrari devotee, was surely very pleased with the fine Italian thoroughbred, as he would keep 07799 in his collection for more than 3 decades, where the car benefited from dry central Spanish climate, and a single, devoted owner's stewardship. It was not until 2000 that Mr. Quintano parted with the Ferrari, when he traded 07799 for a Ferrari 206SP, chassis no. 018, a little more radical model of the marque!
The new owner embarked on a thorough mechanical and cosmetic re-commissioning of 07799, which at the time was believed to have had just 85,000 kilometers (53,000 miles) since new. The work included a change of the Oro Chiaro exterior to Ferrari's period correct and very popular, Giallo Fly, or Fly Yellow, a full interior re-trim in black and fitting of a new black convertible top.
The original, matching numbers engine was refurbished with new pistons, rings and bearings, a new clutch was installed and the suspension and braking systems all carefully restored as well. 07799 made its way to the US in 2001, where it was sold in August of that year at the Monterey Sports Car Auction. The new Florida-based owner would keep the car until the spring of 2003, when 07799 sold to a prominent collector based in Mexico City, Mexico. In the mid-2000s, the GTS was sold to a Colorado based collector, before settling in a Pennsylvania collection of other excellent Ferraris.
Today 07799 presents extraordinarily well. The Giallo Fly exterior was recently redone by noted restorer, Robert Platz of Camden, New Jersey, and looks fantastic. It is beautifully accented by excellent bright work, trim and weather-stripping. The black canvas top fits snugly, and the glass is clear throughout. The classic Borrani wire-wheels are mounted with the correct, 3-eared "knock-offs", and fitted with Michelin XWX radial tires.
Inside, the all-black interior presents equally well, reflecting its previous owners' respectful connoisseurship. The wooden fascia dash panel is in beautiful condition, as are the gauges and dash pad. 07799 is fitted with a classic FM radio, most likely a period addition by the car's first owner. The engine compartment is detailed as expected on a car of this caliber, as is the undercarriage and suspension.
Most importantly, 07799 still retains its original, matching numbers engine, and a recent inspection by Ferrari Classiche came back with the promise of certification once the correct size Borrani wire-wheels have been installed and the ratio markings of the transaxle have been corrected. This fine Ferrari is accompanied by noted Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini's report, receipts from the engine rebuild and other work performed in 2000-2001, tools and an owner's manual.
With its prominent show-car history, 07799 is arguably one of the most special examples of the 275 GTS. The exciting Oro Chiaro over Rosso Scuro factory-delivered livery is another sophisticated feature of 07799, an appearance that a future owner could return to if desired.
This excellent 275GTS is a car that has enjoyed the careful custodianship of just a few, devoted owners, most importantly one single owner through its first 34 years. Here is a chance to acquire a superb example of Ferraris exceptional mid-1960s Spider, kept in fine order and with an exciting history that truly sets it apart.