• Early-production example; one of just 200 built in total
• Powered by numbers-matching engine; includes owner’s manual and tool roll
• Original U.S. delivery example with excellent provenance
• Restored in Italy and continuously maintained by experts; Offered in stunning condition
• History compiled and documented by Marcel Massini
• Comes with original factory hard top
*Please note this vehicle is titled as a 1966 275GTS*07007
260 BHP, 3,286 cc SOHC V-12 engine with three Weber twin-choke carburetors, five-speed manual gearbox in rear-mounted transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension with wishbones and coil springs, four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 94.5"
Introduced at Paris in 1964 alongside the 275 GT Berlinetta, the 275 GTS (Spyder) featured clean and muscular Pininfarina-built steel bodywork with aluminum utilized for the doors, hood, and deck lid. While primarily aimed at the lucrative American market, it was an immediate favorite of the world’s elite buyers, including screen siren Jayne Mansfield, international playboy Profiro Rubirosa, guitar legend Eric Clapton, and many more of the era’s luminaries.
Both the 275 GTS and GTB were revolutionary as Ferrari’s inaugural road cars equipped with a five-speed rear transaxle and four-wheel independent suspension. Powering the 275 GTS was the latest 3.3-litre version of Ferrari’s proven Colombo-designed SOHC V-12 engine. Redlined at 7,000 RPM and developing 260 BHP, the Tipo 213 engine propelled the nimble Ferrari from rest to 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) in just under seven seconds, en route to top speeds beyond 140 mph, depending upon rear-end gearing. Four-wheel disc brakes provided stopping to match. Production of the 275 GTS was brief, continuing until early 1966 and numbering just 200.
Numbered 07007, this early-production 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS is the 26th example built. Listed in Hilary A. Raab’s Ferrari Serial Numbers Part I and accompanied by history compiled by Ferrari authority Marcel Massini, 07007 was completed during April 1965 and originally finished in Rosso Cina (China Red) paint over black upholstery. It was originally ordered through Luigi Chinetti Motors of New York and delivered new in May 1965 to official Ferrari dealer Charles Rezzaghi & Co. of San Francisco. While the identity of the first owner of 07007 remains unknown, it is known that they were San Francisco residents. By 1972, 07007 was owned by Dan Clements of San Diego, a Ferrari Club of America member, and the car was listed in the club’s USA membership rosters under his ownership from 1975 to 1979, when Clements advertised 07007 for sale at 52,000 stated miles. Subsequent recorded owners of 07007 were Terry L. Kramer of Honolulu and John Conely of Sherman Oaks, California, with the car advertised for sale by Mike Sheehan’s European Auto Sales in 1986 as “…red with black interior, completely rebuilt suspension, shocks and brakes, marginal paint, interior and soft top, has rare hard top…” In 1986, the Spyder was sold to Touring Garage of Oberweningen of Switzerland, which commissioned a high-dollar restoration in Italy prior to selling the car to David C. Nelson of Akron, Ohio, who showed 07007 at the 28th Annual Ferrari Club of America National Meeting and Concours in West Virginia in May 1991.
In April 1992, Nelson sold 07007 to Mike Sheehan’s European Auto Sales, through which the Ferrari passed to Dr. Leonard Riggs, Jr. of Houston, Texas. Dr. Riggs showed 07007 at the 2nd Annual Vintage Ferrari Concours in Monterey, California during August 1993, winning 2nd in Class honors, followed by display in August 1994 at the International Ferrari Concours d’Elegance, again at Monterey. Next, 07007 was sold by Dr. Riggs to Robert L. Jenkins of Grenada, Missouri, who commissioned Bob Smith Coachworks of Gainesville, Texas to perform a mechanical overhaul and freshening as needed. Subsequently in March 2004, Bob and Betsy Jenkins showed 07007 at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and then in 2009, the Spyder was acquired by the current owner, a prominent and respected private collector with a cultivated taste for quality.
As offered, 07007 includes an owner’s manual and it clearly benefits from the continuous maintenance of Bob Smith Coachworks since it was restored in Italy. Finished in Rosso, complemented by a proper black convertible top, and riding on iconic Borrani chrome wire wheels that were standard equipment on the 275 GTS when new, 07007 features tan leather hides and matching carpeting, accented by a wood-rimmed three-spoke steering wheel and teak veneered dash panel. The detailed trunk is trimmed with black carpeting and contains a complete tool roll. The engine compartment is thoroughly detailed to match, revealing the V-12 engine featuring period correct finishes and components. Today, 07007 remains excellent, being both correctly presented and standing ready to be driven, toured, or shown anywhere. One of just 200 produced, this striking and professionally maintained 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS simply exemplifies the Ferrari Grand Touring spirit in its purest, open-air form.
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS
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