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

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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  • Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Long Nose 6 Carburetor


    Year: 1967 Configuration: LHD Transmission: Manual

    • Year: 1967
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  • Ferrari 275 GTB /2


    Features : This amazing 275 GTB/2 Blue Serra metallic ,short nose has a complete compétition preparation développed in party by GTO engineering for Larry kinch. Car as a real powerful engine done by Ferrari Classiche block engine . Engine has 250 LM pistons and camshafts. the Gear box is a short stroke one . Car has doors with light panels to make it lighter and competitive.. #7765 still remains his original matching engine and gear box plus all body spares . Original Engine had already a préparation developed by Roelofs in period when Olivier Cazalieres was racing with. This car is éligible in Nastro Rosso torso and for sure to Le Mans Classic This car regarding our knowledge is the most desirable Ferrari road légal car 12 cylinders , with a race period history witch is possible to purchase. Car has his original buit sheet , Fia papers , Uk tittle. Comment : History ; # 7765 was delivered new on special order to Earl Chandon made by Ferrari Enzo. -The Count of Chandon having sold quickly to Pierre Bardinon that he even sold it to Claude Bouscary who hired the France GT Championship in 1967 with the success in winning cat GT. 1 st place ALBI. -After Some French owners the car was b

    • Year: 1967
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  • Ferrari 275 GTS


    Features : Ferrari 275 #8015 . All files history know. Car in France since 1988 . Engine matching. Car has been restored by Toni autos in Maranello. Comment : This stunning 275 GTS is the 189 Th car produced on 200 ex. Car has been delivered new to the Prince Mulay brother of King Of Morocco Hassan II . Car was delivered in Pino verde with beige leather and not red as it is actually. Then Car went very early in USA in 1970 . #8015 came back in Europe through an Orion auction sale in Monaco in 1988 where car has been bought by Athanée Garage. Car was red in this period and sold to M Daubas who decided to repaint it in green. #8015 has been bought by last owner in 1991 and repaint in this green around 2005/2006 . We have a huge file of invoices and some rare pictures of the car in Morocco.

    • Year: 1988
    • Mileage: 57800 mi
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  • Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy


    Today this exceptional 275 is accompanied by an extensive history file supporting that this car has been cared for with no expense spared from new. Supplied with all important Classiche Certification this UK Supplied GTB is located in our showrooms just outside London and is available to view immediately.

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  • 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Long Nose


    1966 Ferrari 275 GTB s/n 08869 , Engine no. 08869 Rosso Corsa with Black Leather Achingly beautiful, rare, and mechanically sophisticated, the Ferrari 275 GTB embodies everything that makes classic Ferraris sought-after and unique. The first 275’s appeared in 1964, employing an enlarged 3.3 litre version of Ferrari’s venerable Colombo-designed V12. The car featured many innovative features not found in the earlier 250, including a rear mounted transaxle for improved weight distribution, independent rear suspension, and 5-speed transmission. Over a period of two years, Ferrari built just 453 examples of the original 275 GTB, before introducing the revised GTB/4 at the Paris Auto Salon in October 1966. According to the research of Ferrari historian Dyke Ridgely, whose authoritative 275 GTB production list was recently published by Cavallino magazine, Carrozzeria Scaglietti built just 205 examples in the desirable long-nose body style, introduced approximately halfway through the model’s production and characterized by a revised front end treatment, larger rear window, and exterior trunk hinges. The cars were continuously developed mechanically, as was Ferrari’s convention, including

    • Year: 1966
    • Mileage: 62468 mi
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  • Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy


    The Ferrari 275 was first unveiled at the Paris motor show of 1964 and was hailed as the successor to the legendary Ferrari 250 GT. The car had excellent balance, poise and weight distribution thanks to independent rear suspension and a rear-mounted 5-speed transaxle. In addition, the engine was shifted backwards in order to bring as much weight as possible towards the centre of the car. Ferrari eventually released a redesigned nose for the model, which was longer and aimed to enhance the aerodynamic abilities of the car at high speed. Therefore, only 239 Short Nose examples were produced and their rarity and undoubted stunning looks have made these cars highly collectible and they are now considered the prized assets of many collections. The original form is often regarded as the pure form. The alloy-bodied 275 GTBs are considered by many to be the most desirable variant of the 275 GTB, as they hold a close link to Ferraris competition cars, and they are also one of the rarest, as fewer than 60 road versions were built. This example was manufactured in 1965 by Ferrari and was supplied in the stunning combination of Argento Mettallizzato over a Nero hide interior. The car was first

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  • Ferrari 275 GTB


    The car is UK registered and available immediately. It represents a very interesting opportunity to purchase what is now thought of as the most attractive variant of the 275 range in what has been argued the best colour; the attractiveness of these particular models is further boosted by their 1965 build year meaning they are both highly eligible and capable motor cars.

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  • Ferrari 275 GTB 2 Cam Alloy


    Rare desirable Alloy body option Full Ferrari Classiche Certification 1 of 6 UK RHD Alloy 2 Cam models made This Ferrari 275 GTB/2 Alloy bodied car is well known to us - as we have sold it to collectors several times. A very genuine and original car and the interior has fabulous patina. It is RHD and was supplied new on the 9th February 1966 as a long nose - together with the very desirable aluminium body option - for the princely sum of £5311. If you have not driven a 275 GTB with an alloy body - you will be surprised just what a terrific difference this makes to the car's performance. In fact a well set up alloy 2 cam feels at least as lively as a steel bodied 4 cam as a comparison. About 60 Long nose aluminium body cars were built and we believe only 6 were made in RHD. This matching number car once belonged to Paddy McNally and has full Classiche certification - it is ready to tour, compete or enjoy on the road.

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  • Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione


    Competition car. 1 of 3 in RHD. Eligible for just about every event. Following the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile’s refusal in 1964 to homologate Ferrari’s mid-engined 250 LM in the GT category, Ferrari looked to its upcoming road going 275 GTB. Introduced later that year, the 275 GTB proved to be the company’s last true dual purpose road/race berlinetta in the great Ferrari tradition – equally at home on back roads and highways as on road courses and hill climbs. With a sophisticated chassis, fully independent suspension, attractive bodywork and race-proven Colombo V-12 engine, now displacing 3.3 litres, the car was simply sensational and praised by journalists and critics the world over. The factory competition versions of the 275 GTB are often subdivided into three phases, the first of which began with the early and relatively mild modification of chassis 06003 and 06021. Thereafter, three super lightweight, tube frame specials were built with six-carburettor dry sump engines and bodywork that, while clearly related to the 275 GTB, was markedly different with a 330 LM Berlinetta-style nose and Lusso-style air intake atop the bonnet. In many ways, these racing specials

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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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. Price: on request Note: For correct viewing please enable JavaScript.

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


    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 Ferrari 275/4 GTB Berlinetta. Grigio Ferro Metallizzato/Burgundy hide. Ferrari Classiche certified. The car was supplied new Italy. Total professional restoration completed in 2011 in the UK with interior trim by Luppi. Complete with original tools and jack. Documented by renowned Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini. A rare opportunity to acquire a Ferrari Berlinetta 275 in a stunning colour combination and in superb condition. Please contact us for further details of this and our other Ferrari 275 stock.

    • Year: 1967
    For sale
  • 328 gtb


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    • Year: 1986
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  • 1967 FERRARI 275 GTB/6C


    --Giallo (Fly Yellow) with Nero (Black) leather interior and Black carpeting, Restored, Long Nose, Torque Tube, Original Factory 6-carb car, 300 bhp, 3,286 cc overhead camshaft V-12 engine, six Weber 40 DCN/3 carburetors, five-speed manual, Documented by Massini. Introduced in 1964, the 275 GTB was considered by many to be the finest production Ferrari ever built, combining the thoroughbred mechanical pedigree of its road racing forebears with sufficient creature comforts and a brand new fully independent rear suspension to produce a superlative grand touring automobile. The engine was based on Ferrari’s race-proven Colombo overhead camshaft V-12, now displacing of 3,285.7 cc to produce 280 bhp with the standard triple Weber carburetor setup. Fitment of six Weber 40 DNC/3 carburetors was offered as an option, increasing output to about 300 bhp! This is one such example. Collectors today divide the 275 GTBs into early (short nose) and late (long nose) cars. The changeover to a longer nose design was introduced at the 1965 Paris Salon. This 275 GTB with its long-nose, torque-tube, factory-fitted optional six Weber carburetors configuration is considered the most desirable 275 GTB roa

    • Year: 1967
    • Mileage: 21000 mi
    For sale
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