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Coachwork by Pininfarina
*Please note that the correct engine internal number is 1112/64, not 112/64 as printed in the catalogue.
The Ferrari 275 GTS presented here, chassis 08005, is the 186th example built and, as such, benefits from the numerous chassis and stylistic improvements introduced throughout the exclusive 200-car production run.
After the chassis was completed at the Ferrari factory in September 1965, 08005 was sent to Carrozzeria Pininfarina in Torino where it received body number 175. Completed in February 1966, the Pininfarina-bodied Ferrari was originally finished in the sophisticated color scheme of Nocciola over Beige Scuro and equipped with instrumentation in miles.
Imported to the US through official distributor Luigi Chinetti Motors in New York, the 275 GTS was sold new to a Mr. Slate of Los Angeles. In 1970, the Ferrari was sold to a resident of Oregon and registered as “FDW 655.”
Chassis 08005 led a sheltered existence until 2000 when Mr. Robert Brower of Carmel, California, was fortunately able to acquire this 48,000-mile 275 GTS and commissioned a complete show-quality restoration, during which the Pininfarina coachwork was refinished in a classic red-over-black combination. The freshly restored Ferrari made its debut at the 2003 Cavallino Concours at Concorso Italiano and captured an FCA Gold Award.
During summer 2004, Mr. Brower shipped the GTS to Italy to participate in the Ferrari factory 275 Tour through Tuscany and returned to California in time to display the car at the annual Monterey Gatherings, including the FCA National Concours at Quail Lodge and Concorso Italiano. In November, the 275 GTS was certified by the Ferrari Classiche department, who confirmed that 08005 retains its original chassis, body, and major components, including the correct, matching-numbers engine and transaxle.
In August 2005, the 275 GTS was exhibited at the Cavallino Concours at Concorso Italiano and judged by noted marque specialists Sam Smith, Allan Boe, and Allen Bishop. Impressively, 08005 received a near- perfect 99.5-point score, thereby earning the FCA’s prestigious Platinum Award. This impressive performance was followed by another First in Class win during Ferrari’s 60th Anniversary Concours at Fiorano in June 2007.
In August 2008, 08005 was shown at the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue and the FCA Pacific Region meet at Concorso Italiano where it received a second near- perfect score and Platinum Award. The 275 GTS has been selectively displayed since, with its most recent outing being the 2010 Quail Motorsports Gathering.
Beautifully presented throughout and ideally suited for judged exhibition, this exceptional 275 GTS is offered with a full tool kit, jack, complete set of owners’ handbooks, the Ferrari Classiche Red Book, and a history report compiled by marque historian Marcel Massini.
As it becomes increasingly difficult to find a genuine 12-cylinder Ferrari with style and substance, the appearance of 08005 at auction is a most exciting opportunity. Here is a car that is eligible for any number of international events, benefits from a concours-proven high-caliber restoration, and is – according to many collectors – among the most rewarding classic Ferraris to own. Elegant and understated, the 275 GTS represents the epitome of stylish 1960s motoring, yet its design remains attractive and modern after nearly 50 years.
For the collector in search of a well-rounded and pedigreed Ferrari Spider, there is no need to look any further than this superb 275 GTS.