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Ferrari 275 GTB and GTS: buying guide and review (1964-1968)

Ferrari 275 GTB and GTS: buying guide and review (1964-1968) Classic and Performance Car
Ferrari 275 GTS Ferrari 275 GTS Ferrari 275 GTS If you had to nominate the most beautiful car ever made, the chances are that it would be a Ferrari – and quite possibly the 275 GTB. With its long bonnet, powerful rear haunches and faired-in headlights the silhouette, proportions and detailing of the Pininfarina-penned 275 GTB are nothing short of perfect.

Picking up the baton where the 250 GT Lusso left off, the 275 GTB marked a turning point for Ferrari’s road cars because it could be all things to all people, with the buyer choosing the spec depending on how they’d use their car. So those wanting to race could order an alloy-bodied car with six carburettors while anybody wanting something for road use would opt for the three-carb alternative, with either an aluminium or a cheaper steel body – although the bonnet, doors and boot lid were always aluminium.

Whereas earlier Ferraris tended to be hugely compromised as road cars, the 275 GTB was intended to put paid to that. So there was now independent suspension all round for improved ride and handling while the car was better balanced thanks to the fitment of a five-speed gearbox integrated into the rear axle, which also helped to quell wheelspin.

With 280-320bhp on tap depending on the number of camshafts and carbs, the 275 GTB could crack 165mph and dispense with the 0-60mph sprint in six seconds or so. Throw in perfect weight distribution and those gorgeous looks and it’s no wonder collectors are drawn to the 275 GTB over many of the cars that came before as we as after.

Which one to buy?

Let’s be realistic here; you’re probably not going to be buying a 275 GTB for enjoying B-road blats on a Sunday morning. Anyone who buys one of these cars is either buying it to take part in historic motorsport or – more likely – as an investment.

If you’re buying for motorsport it’s essential that any potential purchase is eligible for the races that you want to take part in. As a result you must check the car’s specification to ensure it hasn’t been updated or modified in some way for it to fail the scrutineering process.

All 275 GTBs are incredibly valuable but there’s a definite pecking order with the twin-cam cars being by far the most affordable. Quad-cam models are worth much more while the Competizione editions (the GTB/Cs) are the most valuable of all – with just 12 of these constructed. Most valuable of the lot though are the three 275 GTB/C Speciales that were built with the 250LM engine; one sold in 2014 for $26.4m.

Whichever edition you’re thinking of buying, delve into the car’s history file and see if there’s Ferrari Classiche certification. If the car has it, you probably won’t have to delve to discover it – the vendor is more likely to be making a big deal of it. Any car with Classiche White Book provenance will probably not come with all of its original mechanical components while a Classiche Red Book car will be presented in the same spec as when it left the factory. So the numbers will be matching, the interior and exterior colours will be original and the bodywork will be as it left the factory – although the bodyshell itself can be a faithful recreation.

Performance and spec

Ferrari 275 GTB/4
Engine 3285cc, 12-cylinder
Power 300bhp @ 8000rpm
Torque 217lb ft @ 5500rpm
Top speed 165mph
0-60mph 5.9sec
Consumption 14.0mpg
Gearbox Five-speed manual

Dimensions and weight

Wheelbase 2400mm
Length 4390mm
Width 1715mm
Height 1245mm
Weight 1208kg

Common problems

• Any 275 GTB you’re likely to consider is likely to come with a huge documentation file, charting most – if not all – of its life. While knowing who has maintained the car is key, you also need to know about major repairs and replacement parts over the years which might affect the car’s originality and hence – potentially – its worth.

• As long as you’re buying a genuine 275 GTB its value will be very high which makes the odd big bill easier to swallow should problems crop up. Indeed, values are so high that you could need to invest in major bodywork restoration and it would still be a relatively cheap proposition relative to the car’s worth.

• Some cars came with aluminium bodywork while others got steel – all 275 GTB/Cs have the former. The steel bodywork is stronger, but it’s also heavier and more rust-prone. However, the alloy bodywork also corrodes and because it’s so thin it also dents easily, so whatever is fitted, check it for damage.

• The bodywork is mounted on a tubular steel chassis which tends to corrode. However, most of these cars have now been extensively restored – probably more than once – and if it’s been done to a high standard, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about. Especially as these cars tend to be dry-stored so they’re not exposed to the elements.

• The V12 is a strong engine but a lack of use is more likely to be a problem than too much use. So rather than wear, make sure the engine has been started and run on a regular basis and that everything is set up properly. Engines with six carburettors are particularly likely to need some setting up.

• Be wary of cars on wire wheels. The 275 GTB/2 was the last car to be offered by Ferrari with wire wheels; they weren’t an option on the quad-cam car because the levels of grip and power could lead to the spokes breaking.

Model history

1963: The Ferrari 275 GTB debuts at the Paris salon. Replacing the Ferrari 250, the 275 uses the same Colombo-designed V12 but bored out to give a 3,286cc displacement; buyers can choose three carburettors or six. For the first time in a Ferrari road car there’s independent rear suspension. Also unveiled is the Ferrari 275 GTS which is identical mechanically (although its engine is rated at 260bhp compared with the coupé’s 280bhp), but the bodywork is completely different.

The Series II 275 GTB is shown at the Frankfurt motor show. There’s now a bonnet bulge to clear the carburettors, a longer nose and the boot lid hinges are now exposed. By the time the first production cars are delivered in 1966, there’s a new design of alloy wheel and the driveshaft is encased in a torque tube.

The Ferrari 275 GTB/4 is unveiled at the Paris salon. It’s the first road car from Ferrari to use a quad-cam V12 and there are six carburettors as standard. Also, the 275 GTB/C is introduced. Just a dozen of these track-ready specials are built, with an aluminium bodyshell and a dry-sump V12 that also features special camshafts, pistons, crankshaft and carburettors.

Key clubs and websites

• www.ferrariownersclub.co.uk - UK based Ferrari owners club
• www.ferrariownersclub.org - USA based owners club
• www.clubscuderia.co.uk - Enthusiast club and forum

Summary and prices

As one of the most desirable classic Ferrari models the 275 GTB and GTS is now a seriously expensive proposition. If you opt for the regular 275 GTB expect to pay somewhere in the region of £1.5m-£2.0m, depending on the car’s condition and history. Later four-cam models attract a premium, with the best cars attracting prices in the region of £2.6m. All models were offered with steel of alloy bodies, with the lighter aluminium versions often attracting a 50 per cent premium.

Despite featuring the coupe’s fantastic underpinnings, the convertible GTS model is actually worth slightly less than the coupe model – something not often seen in world of Ferraris. It’s perhaps down to the fact the styling is much closer to the older 250 models than the forward-thinking GTB. Expect to pick up a convertible for between £1m for a rough example, to around £1.65m for one of the best.

Words: Richard Dredge
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Last updated: 30th Sep 2015
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  • 328 gtb


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    • Year: 1986
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  • Ferrari 275 GTS


    The 275 GTS on offer is one of the very first cars made by Ferrari. It was displayed on the Ferrari stand on the Gneva Saloon 1965 in its original and very interesting color of rosso rubino a bright dark metallic red. After having been completely restored in the nineties it will be hard to find a better example. It runs and drives like new. Note: For correct viewing please enable JavaScript.

    • Year: 1965
    For sale
  • Ferrari 275 GTB/4


    The 275 GTB/4 on offer has been delivered in 1967 through the German main importer AutoBecker to its first owner Viktor Rolff who was in the sixties the main sponsor of Graf Berghe von Trips. It remained in Germany with just two owners until 1987 when it found a new home in the Netherlands. It changed hands in the Netherlands three times before it was sold to Robert Lamson, Minneapolis,USA in 2002. Thanks to the next owner this 275 GTB/4 ended up in Germany where it originally has been supplied to. The history from this 275 GTB/4 is known from its very first day until now. It is still carrying from its very first delivery day its wonderful livery of Grigio Argento which is a dark silver grey with its black leather interior/ Pelle Nera. This seems to be one of the most beautiful colour combination to choose for the 275 GTB/4. The car benfits of a major restoration carried out in 2000 while it was with world famous restorer Piet Roelofs in the Netherlands and some more recent detailing and service work in Germany. The car received in February 2010 the "Certificazione di Autenticita" by Ferrari in which it is confirmed that the car still carries its original matching engine and origin

    • Year: 1967
    For sale


    Information FERRARI 275 GTB/4 MANUAL (ARGENTO SILVER) (1967) 49,000 Miles. Argento Silver Metallic Full Black Leather Interior Detailed Restoration History Exceptional Condition Throughout Brief History: - Original Silver, with Black leather interior - Original build sheets & sales invoice present - Engine rebuilt by Ferrari garage in Johannesburg 26000 kms ago - Original handbooks with the 'Leather Wallet' Complete & Original 'Tool-Kit' - Comprehensive photos showing the repaint and work done by Ferrari - It is very difficult to find a 39year old car, with original books, 'Leather Wallet', and 'Tool-Kit' and provenance with such excellent history As stated we have a complete record of its restoration with detailed invoices and photos, from its restoration by Ferrari in South Africa. It has won numerous awards in South Africa, because of its excellent order and condition, when entered in various concours events. Since then, whilst in our ownership it has been serviced every year and checked thoroughly throughout, and yet it remains in as new condition. We do not believe there is a better 275 on sale anywhere in Europe. Interested In Vehicle Print Vehicle Details Back To Index

    • Year: 1967
    • Mileage: 49000 mi
    For sale
  • 328 GTB

    £110,000 £110,000

    1986 Ferrari 328 GTB Rosso Corsa with Nero interior and red carpets. This early non ABS car was first registered 4th of February 1986 and supplied new by Maranello Egham. The current owner then bought the car just 9 months later in November 1986 and has had the car ever since. Bob Houghton ltd looked after the car from 1987 until the owner moved to France and then registered the car in 2004 where Monaco Motors then looked after the car until its return to the UK this year. A very nice correct example that we have just fully serviced including a new clutch ready for sale. It has 33,557 miles on the clock and has been looked after with great care and attention for all of this time. A very nice example with great history, currently French registered but can be UK registered at point of sale. Available for Viewing at our Northleach Showroom.

    • Year: 1986
    • Mileage: 33557 mi
    For sale
    £110,000 £110,000
  • 1966 FERRARI 275 GTB Long nose Torque Tube


    This Ferrari 275 GTB Long nose Torque tube - Chassis no. 08729 is one of the only 88 Ferrari 275 GTB long nose steel with 3 carburettors built This LHD 275 GTB Torque tube is matching numbers and was sold new in Milan - Italy in 1966 She was perfectly restored by Bob Smith Coachworks and is in superb condition This Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose Torque Tube is for sale complete and comes with handbooks, tool roll and Borrani wire wheels US title - European taxes paid

    • Mileage: 28344 mi
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