2022 | London Auction
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS
Coachwork by Pininfarina
£1,050,000 - £1,250,000
European-Specification 275 GTS; The 28th of 200 Examples Built
First Delivered to Madrid, Spain, and Kept by Its Original Owner for 23 Years
Elegant Original Color Scheme of Bianco (White) over Black
Retains Matching-Numbers Engine and Transaxle per Factory Records
An Ideal and Worthy Candidate for a Concours-Quality Restoration
Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini
3,285 CC Tipo 213 SOHC V-12 Engine
Three Weber 40 DCZ6 Carburetors
260 BHP at 7,000 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Dunlop Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Parallel Wishbones and Coil-Over Shock Absorbers
Original Owner, Madrid, Spain (acquired new via Rugico S.A. in 1965)
Axel Urban, Hamburg, Germany (acquired in 1988)
Luigi Rendo, Italy (acquired in 1989)
Current Owner (acquired from the estate of the above)
Temporary UK Import
See UK Registration/Import Status Guide in catalogue.
Debuting together at the Salon de l’Automobile in October 1964, Ferrari’s handsome new 275 GTS and 275 GTB succeeded the outgoing 250 series in one stroke. Technically, they marked a major leap forward as the first-ever Ferrari road cars equipped with a fully independent suspension and a rear-mounted, five-speed transaxle. Both the GTB and GTS were powered by the new tipo 213 engine – a 3.3-liter variant of the traditional Colombo-designed single overhead camshaft V-12.
As the direct replacement for the popular 250 GT Series II Cabriolet, the 275 GTS featured clean and crisply tailored Pininfarina bodywork, hand built in Torino to the coachbuilder’s famously high standards. While it primarily was intended as a stylish open gran turismo, the 275 GTS was also a beautifully balanced and formidable sports car – capable of accelerating from rest to 60 mph in as little as 6.6 seconds, with a top speed in excess of 140 mph. In October 1965, Car and Driver magazine road tested a 275 GTS and declared it “the best open Ferrari we have ever driven.”
In all, just 200 examples were built during a two-year production run, with the majority delivered to the US. When new, these glamorous open Ferraris attracted a distinguished clientele – a veritable “who’s who” of the entertainment and social scenes, including celebrities like Eric Clapton and Jayne Mansfield.
The 275 GTS presented here, chassis 07019, was completed at the Ferrari factory on April 12, 1965, finished in the striking and rarely seen color combination of Bianco (White) with black leather upholstery and red carpets. Among the earliest examples built, this 275 GTS was assigned assembly sequence no. 28 with corresponding Pininfarina body no. 175028.
In May 1965, the European-specification 275 GTS was delivered to Rugico S.A., the official Ferrari dealer in Madrid, from where it was sold to its first private owner. According to the research of Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, 07019’s original owner retained it until 1988, when it was sold to German exotic car dealer Axel Urban. Later that year, Mr. Urban advertised the 275 GTS in Ferrari Market Letter, stating: “same owner last 23 years, Borrani wire wheels, 71,500 kms, just finished cosmetic restoration, tune-up, and service, all original.”
In December 1989, chassis 07019 was presented at the Poulain Le Fur auction in Paris, and sold to Luigi Rendo of Italy. The Ferrari remained in Mr. Rendo’s care until his passing in 2019, whereupon it was sold to the current owner, an Italian car collector based in the south of France.
Over the past four decades, this 275 GTS has seen very little use and, in more recent years, been kept in static storage. As such, it presents in as-found, non-running condition, with just 72,322 km (44,938 miles) showing on the odometer at the time of cataloguing. Retaining its matching-numbers engine (internal no. 240/64) and transaxle (internal no. 2) per factory records, correct Borrani RW 3874 wire wheels, and Spanish registration plates, this Ferrari appears to be an ideal and worthy candidate for a complete, concours-quality restoration or sympathetic mechanical refurbishment. Offered with a history report produced by marque historian Marcel Massini, 07019 has been seldom seen for much of its existence and kept off the open market since the late 1980s.
Among the most rare and exclusive road cars of the 1960s, the 275 GTS remains a highly sought-after collectible. These open, 12-cylinder Ferraris are remarkably versatile sports cars, offering a rare blend of style, comfort, performance, and ease of use, while being eligible for countless rallies, club events, and leading international concours.
Given its chic factory color scheme, European provenance, and authentic character, 07019 is a particularly appealing example of the 275 GTS. Whether its new owner chooses to restore this rare Ferrari to its original splendor or simply enjoy it as a charismatic patinated driver following a sympathetic, mechanical recommissioning, it is sure to reward with many years of pleasurable motoring.
*Please note that this vehicle has been in long-term static storage and may not be currently operational. It will require mechanical attention prior to road use.