After production of the soaraway Ferrari 250 GTO ended in 1964, the 275 series arrived to delight admirers of the Prancing Horse. First to gallop was the shapely 275 GTB coupe with a flowing body designed by Pininfarina and produced by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. The twin cam engine came with a choice of three or six Weber carburetors.
But this was to be an evolution series. A slightly redesigned GTB appeared in 1965, whilst Pininfarina built a couple of hundred 275 GTS roadsters between 1964 and 1966, primarily intended for the American market. These Spyders had completely different bodywork from the sports coupe that inspired them.
In 1965 a few lightweight 275 GTB racing versions were produced. These had the smaller 3 litre engine from the 250 GTO. The following year a dozen 275 GTB/C cars were built, of which two were released for road use. Although appearing almost identical to the 275 GTB road cars, they were completely different beneath the skin with a special lightweight chassis. As an interesting historical footnote, these would be the last Ferraris to have wire wheels.
An updated four cam 275 GTB/4 was introduced in 1966. The engine was substantially reworked to offer improved performance, with a new valve set-up, dry-sump design and six carburetors as standard issue. Refinement of the suspension and drive package led to better handling, noise suppression and a reduction in vibration at high speeds.
The last — most exclusive — version of this splendid series was the 275 GT13/4 NART. The NART stood for North American Racing Team, run by Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti. He begged Enzo Ferrari and Sergio Scaglietti to create a Spyder version of the 275 GTB/4, and they obliged their important partner by sending ten of these fabulous sports cars to America in 1967 and 1968.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
1964 (until 1968).
3,286 cc V12
Original 275 GTB coupe – top speed of 165 mph (265 km/h); 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.7 secs
YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Racing was in Enzo’s blood and the specially constructed 275 GTB/C was finally approved as a GT racer, with few examples that were manufactured going on to enjoy many victories and continuing to be competitive in endurance races until the mid-1970s.