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1966 Ferrari 275 GTS

History

During the late sixties, Ferraris road-oriented Berlinettas split in terms of design from their race cars. After the 250 short wheelbase Berlinetta, the dual-purpose road / race Ferrari seemed gone. This new distinction motivated Ferrari to manufacture more civil road cars having impressive specifications. The first example of this new trend was the 275 GTB.

The 275 GTB/GTS was debuted in October 1964 at the Paris Salon. It was designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti. The 275 GTB was based on the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusson and the 250 GTO. The GTS version drew styling from the 330 GT 2+2. Production continued through 1966.

The fastback Berlinetta coupe was the GTB series. This version was meant for driving on the road and at the track. The Open Spyder was the GTS series designed to replace the 250 California. This version was more comfortable and more suited for touring. Around 200 examples of the GTS were created during its two-year production.

Being light, powerful and strikingly beautiful, the 275 was a very successful car for Ferrari. It sold well, with around 1000 examples made, and, as an afterthought, scored victories in endurance racing after the 250 LM was denied homologation.

By moving the transmission to the rear of the car, better weight distribution was achieved. The engine used was a Colombo-derived V-12 engine that produced 260 horsepower in the GTS and 280 horsepower in the GTB. With the GTB version, an option was given to the buyer to purchase the vehicle with three or six Weber carburetors.

In 1965, Ferrari created three examples of the 275 GTB for the purpose of endurance motorsport racing. The vehicles were dubbed the 275 GTB/C and outfitted with a light-weight aluminum body, air vents for the brakes, six carburetors, and a 320 horsepower engine, and a few other minor mechanical modifications.

In 1966 the 275 GTB was re-introduced with a four-cam version of the V12. Six Webber carburetors aided in delivering around 300 horsepower. To cope with the new power, the GTB/4 was given wider tires and a ZF limited-slip differential. The 4 in the name GTB/4 represented the twin camshafts per cylinder bank totaling four. This was the first quad-cam road-going Ferrari ever created. It was easily distinguished by its bulge in the hood. During its production run lasting until 1968, around 320 examples of the 275 GTB/4 were created.

The 275 P and P2 were purpose-built to Capture the World Championship and in the process beat Ford. The 275 P was powered by a 3.3-liter powerplant; a 4 and 4.4-liter version was also used. These mid-engined, open-topped cars were comprised of many of the same components as the road-going versions.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2006

1966 Vehicle Profiles

1966 Ferrari 275 GTS vehicle information

Spyder Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 08353
Engine Num: 08353

Though it lacked the power of the GTB, the GTS offered its customers a touring experience unlike any other. Consisting of a higher rear axle ration, the GTS offered its owners a comfortable, but impressive, highway performance making it the consummat....[continue reading]

1966 Ferrari 275 GTS vehicle information

Spyder Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 07885
Engine Num: 07885

Ferrari introduced their new 275 GTS at the Paris Auto Show in October of 1964. By this point in history, Ferrari had a very diverse and symbiotic production line, offering both luxury road cars capable of high-speed road use and grand prix cars plu....[continue reading]

1966 Ferrari 275 GTS vehicle information

Spyder Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 07655
Engine Num: 07655

The Ferrari 275 GTS was built from steel and given alloy doors, bonnets and boot lids. Mounted in front was the latest 3.3-liter version of Ferrari's well-proven Colombo V12 engine. Its redline was reached at 7000 RPMs and it offered 260 brake hors....[continue reading]

1966 Ferrari 275 GTS vehicle information

Spyder Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 7337

This matching-number 275 GTS has been restored from the frame up and is one of only 200 produced between 1965 and 1967. It shared its mechanical specs with the 275 GTB, but had entirely different bodywork and was intended to be more of grand tourer ....[continue reading]

1966 Ferrari 275 GTS vehicle information

Spyder Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina

This Ferrari 275 GTS was purchased at auction in 2000. The third owner had it completely restored over a three-year period. It was a winner of numerous platinum awards and it was one of three GTS Spyders invited to the 40th anniversary of the 275 mod....[continue reading]

1966 Ferrari 275 GTS vehicle information

Spyder Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 08005
Engine Num: 08005

Ferrari introduced a new breed of 12-cylinder sports cars - the 275 GTB and 275 GTS - in October of 1964. Both cars shared the same wheelbase, 3.3-liter V-12 engine, and rear-mounted transaxle, but they were targeted at two very different clientele. ....[continue reading]

Chassis Num: 07007

The Ferrari 275 GTS debuted at the 1964 Paris Motor Show. It was a replacement for the 250 Series II cabriolet. It carried updated coachwork by Pininfarina and a 260 horsepower, 3.3 liter, 12-cylinder engine, which it shared with the 275 GTB Berlinet....[continue reading]

1966 Ferrari 275 GTS vehicle information

Spyder Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 07805
Engine Num: 07805

Chassis number 07805 was delivered new to the United States through Chinetti Motors, of Greenwich, Connecticut, in January of 1966 and then shipped to Loeber Motors, the Ferrari dealer in Chicago, Illinois. On April 15th of 1967, it was sold for $12,....[continue reading]

1966 Ferrari 275 GTS vehicle information

Spyder Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 08313
Engine Num: 8313

This Ferrari 275 GTS was completed by the factory in February 1966 and supplied new to the dealer, Auto Becker, in Dusseldorf, Germany. It was sold in March of 1966 to its original owner, Mr. Hartmann, who kept the car for three years before selling ....[continue reading]

1966 Ferrari 275 GTS vehicle information

Spyder Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 08335
Engine Num: 08335

This Ferrari 275 GTS is the 193rd of 200 examples built. The chassis was sent to Pininfarina for Spider coachwork in early October 1965 and the work was not completed until 1966, after returning to the factory where chassis was officially finished in....[continue reading]

1966 Ferrari 275 GTS vehicle information

Spyder Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 08621
Engine Num: 08621

This Ferrari 275 GTS has had three caretakers from new, with almost four decades spent in the care of its original owner, John Brooks of Torrington, Connecticut. It is the 198th example of 200 cars built, and left the factory finished in Nero (black)....[continue reading]

Spyder Convertible Coupe by Pininfarina
Chassis #: 08353 
Spyder Convertible Coupe by Pininfarina
Chassis #: 07885 
Spyder Convertible Coupe by Pininfarina
Chassis #: 07655 
Spyder Convertible Coupe by Pininfarina
Chassis #: 7337 
Spyder Convertible Coupe by Pininfarina
 
Spyder Convertible Coupe by Pininfarina
Chassis #: 08005 
Chassis #: 07007 
Spyder Convertible Coupe by Pininfarina
Chassis #: 07805 
Spyder Convertible Coupe by Pininfarina
Chassis #: 08313 
Spyder Convertible Coupe by Pininfarina
Chassis #: 08335 
Spyder Convertible Coupe by Pininfarina
Chassis #: 08621 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$1,240-$14,495
1966 275 GTS
$14,495-$31,400
1966 Ferrari 275 GTS Base Price : $14,495

Other 1966 Ferrari Models

275 GTS

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
94.50 in.
12 cyl., 200.52 CID., 260.00hp
$14,495 - $14,495
94.50 in.
12 cyl., 200.52 CID., 280.00hp
$14,495 - $14,495
94.50 in.
12 cyl., 200.52 CID., 260.00hp

Industry Production

#1#2#3Ferrari
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)850
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)850
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)706
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)706
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)706
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)700
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)

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