1965 Ferrari 275 GTS
s/n 7599 engine no. 7599
Red with Black Leather Interior
Introduced alongside the 275 GTB at the Paris motor show in October 1964, the 275 GTS is a stylish and elegant open air Ferrari. Featuring disc brakes and independent suspension all round, and a new rear-mounted transaxle for improved weight distribution, the cars were technologically advanced and performed well. Together with their understated but beautiful Pininfarina styling, and of course Ferrari`s legendary V12 powerplant, the cars were and remain desirable and usable open cars to actually drive and enjoy.
Just 200 examples were built and this particular car is a late production example that has enjoyed one Northern California owner from 1966 to 2008. It is fundamentally unmolested and original car that has a terrific feel and wholeness to it that comes with cars that have never been completely disassembled for restoration. It has been repainted once in its original color during the 1970`s and the car comes with sundry records back to the late 1960`s, including old registration slips and even the original paper license plate issued prior to the black plates the car now wears. More recently (August 2008), the car has been comprehensively serviced at a cost of $28,926.85. The service included both cosmetic and mechanical work, including a complete engine detail, renewal of the chrome on the bumpers, and color sand and polish of the paint. The inside of the engine lid was refinished as well, all four Borranis polished, and the grille surround polished as well. The engine was removed for the detailing of the engine compartment, and both the engine and the engine bay were cleaned, refinished and detailed. The engine and carburetors were serviced, and a compression check performed, showing between 180 and 200 pounds on all twelve cylinders. The distributors were serviced and the clutch and clutch hydraulics (master and slave cylinders) were also replaced. The flywheel was resurfaced, and the brake master cylinder was rebuilt, along with the starter and radiator. The tie rod ends and lower ball joints were also replaced, as were the heater hoses, coolant hoses, and thermostat. The exhaust hangers were also replaced, in addition to a complete service and fluid change being performed.
Cosmetically, the car has some patina. Being about thirty years old, the paintwork shows some signs of aging and wear. It is still quite lustrous but was not done to the standards expected of a car of this caliber today. There are some chips and various other surface blemishes, but the body is very straight and rust free, and the chrome has been selectively renewed, including the bumpers and headlight rings. The door handles were not refinished and display some pitting, but the wheels are excellent throughout. The glass and lights are very good as well.
The interior is predominantly original and is well-preserved. There are signs of wear but the interior does not feel worn out. The carpets and seats are original and show some patina. The seats are not as supple as they once were, but are intact and in remarkable shape considering their age. The carpets are also original and are in fine shape, though they are faded and worn in selected places. The steering wheel is in great shape with a blend of wear and glossy varnish that is very attractive. The dashboard wood is extremely nice, as are the primary instruments. Some of the secondary instruments show some clouding to the them, including the fuel, amp, and water temperature gauges. The tonneau and top are used but good overall shape. The top is faded somewhat and the window has some slight clouding to it.
The trunk and engine compartment are both excellent. Both trunk lights work, and there is a matching spare Borrani wire wheel with Michelin XWX tire. The outstanding original tool roll is also present, along with books owner`s manual, pouch, and the jack. The engine compartment is spotlessly detailed and lovely throughout.
This particular car is an exceptionally fine driving example. It has a certain wholeness and solidity that is present in cars that have never been mistreated or taken apart, and feels like a well cared for low mileage car. The engine is responsive, and makes excellent power and unusually good torque as well. Like the transaxle, it appears never to have been disassembled, and both are in excellent order considering this. The engine does smoke a bit, but displays good oil pressure. The gearbox is very good, with good synchros when warm. The clutch has been recently replaced and works correctly. The car displays excellent composure over bumps and road imperfections, and the brakes are effective.
This car is an ideal example to use, either casually or for tours and events. It wears its years with pride, reinforcing the notion that this is indeed a very special car from a completely different time and place. Given its extremely comprehensive recent mechanical overhaul and cosmetic freshening, this is an ideal example to actually use. It is also mechanically sound and complete with books and tools, and is ready to be enjoyed.
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