1965 Ferrari 275

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1965
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    026
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

PROVENANCE
Donald Andrews, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (acquired new via Luigi Chinetti Motors in 1965)
J. Peter Martin, Coral Gables, Florida (acquired from the above in 1969)
Ronald Martin, Florida (acquired from the above in 1984)
Private Collection, Japan (acquired from the above in 2001)
Private Collection, Maryland (acquired from the above in 2004)
Current Owner (acquired from the above)

EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS
Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, 1965

FEATURED MEDIA
Cavallino, No. 13, 1981, “275 GTS,” by Dyke Ridgley
Ferrari Serial Numbers, Part I, by Hilary A. Raab Jr.

THIS CAR
Debuting together at the Paris auto salon 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 cam V-12.

As the direct replacement for the popular 250 GT Series II Cabriolet, the 275 GTS featured a clean and crisply tailored Pininfarina body, built to the coachbuilder’s famously high standards. While it primarily was intended as a fast and stylish open touring car, the 275 GTS was 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 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 06805, was completed at the Ferrari factory in January 1965, finished in the classic color combination of Rosso Cina (China Red) with black leather upholstery and contrasting red carpeting. Among the first examples built, this 275 GTS was assigned assembly sequence no. 4 with corresponding Pininfarina body no. 175004.

Several early production 275 GTS models were retained for promotional duties and were exhibited at leading international motor shows. Chassis 06315 debuted at the Paris Auto Show, while 06417, a right-hand-drive model, was featured at the Earls Court Motor Show in London. The car presented here was displayed on the official Ferrari stand at the 44th annual Brussels Motor Show, where it was shown alongside a 275 GTB, chassis 06643. These details are confirmed by a factory delivery note addressed to Belgian Ferrari dealer Jacques Swaters Garage Francorchamps, a copy of which is on file.

According to Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, 06805 returned to Maranello after its official show duties, where it was prepared for delivery to Luigi Chinetti Motors in New York. Upon its arrival in the US, the Ferrari was sold to its first private owner, Donald Andrews of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A well-known enthusiast, Mr. Andrews owned a number of significant Ferrari models, opened the Miami dealership Waldron Motors, and, as a longstanding FCA member, established the prestigious Coppa Bella Macchina award.

Mr. Andrews kept his 275 GTS until 1969, when he sold it to J. Peter Martin, a Southern Gulf Utilities executive residing in Coral Gables, Florida. Over the next 15 years, Mr. Martin enjoyed the Ferrari on road trips, in FCA events, and during occasional track outings at Moroso, Sebring, and Daytona. During his ownership, 06805 was illustrated in the pages of Cavallino magazine, accompanying Dyke Ridgley’s “275 GTS” article and chassis listing.

In 1984, Mr. Martin consigned the 275 GTS with Shelton Ferrari, and it was soon sold to Ronald Martin, also of Florida but of no relation. He kept the car until 2001, when it was sold, via Ed Waterman, to a Japanese collector.

After a few years, 06805 returned to the US and formed part of an extensive Maryland-based collection, before being acquired by the current owner.

The Ferrari has benefited from sparing use in recent years, and today it shows less than 48,500 miles on the odometer, a figure the consignor believes represents the original mileage. Retaining its matching-numbers engine (no. 06805, internal no. 116/64) and presented in its attractive factory color scheme, the 275 GTS is in impressive condition throughout and accompanied by a history report by Marcel Massini.

Among the most rare and exclusive road cars of the 1960s, the 275 GTS remains a highly sought-after collectible. These Ferraris are remarkably versatile, 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 status as the 1965 Brussels show car, well-documented provenance, and authentic character, this is a unique and noteworthy example of the 275 GTS. Never before presented at public auction and kept in the hands of collectors since it was virtually a new car, 06805 is a significant Ferrari – one worthy of serious consideration.