An open top Ferrari 275 GTS to be sold by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 29th has a delicious value added aspect – this red (Rossi Cina/China Red) right hand drive 1960s classic has had its duty paid in Hong Kong, which could be a considerable saving for a HK buyer. The car estimated to sell for £380,000 - 420,000.
Being right-hand-drive, the car will appeal to owners in countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, South Africa, Australia as well as the UK market, says James Knight, Group Motoring Director at Bonhams.
The 275 GTS is a rare car, and even rarer in right hand drive. Just 19 of the 200 built were right hand models.
On 29th July 1965 it was delivered to Colonel Ronnie Hoare's Maranello Concessionaires and sold a month later to first owner Charles Lucas. It was acquired by the current owner, a Hong Kong resident, in 1994.
James Knight comments: "The car is in stunning condition having been extensively restored in the past year or two. It really does come with all the right credentials. Fabulous condition; a well known provenance from new; long term ownership; and is offered with the all important Ferrari Classiche dossier. It also has its special tool roll that appear to be rarer than the car."
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.
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.'
NOTES FOR EDITORS
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