How’s this for a winning recipe: take the iconic 250 GT Lusso and add more power and even more muscular styling. That’s what Ferrari did in 1964, with the resulting car named the 275 GTB. Of course, much more than that actually went into this car’s development, with several new technologies engineered into it. The 275 remained in production from 1964 until 1968, but it received significant updates just one year into production.
While the 250 models employed a 3.0-litre engine, the 275 received a larger and more powerful 3.3-litre Colombo V12. Power was officially rated at 280 bhp, but some cars reportedly made a remarkable 300 horses. To help deliver that power to the wheels, a transaxle assembly was used for the first time on any road-going Ferrari. While common these days, this was a ground-breaking approach to automotive engineering in the 1960s. Another innovative feature was the independent rear suspension, replacing the common live rear axles used on most other Ferraris up to that point. While these were new technologies to the Italian brand’s production cars, they had been tested vigorously on the track in the grand Ferrari tradition of developing technology on the track before installing it on production models.
The Contented Shark
Compared to its predecessor, the 275 was a much more aggressively styled car. Pininfarina gave the car muscular haunches that arc over the rear wheels, while the shark-gill vents on the sides look positively menacing. Up front, a larger grille and recessed, plexiglass-covered headlamps give the car a sporty, albeit happy, face. The 275 GTB received some minor styling tweaks in 1965, such as an extended front fascia. The updated car was referred to as the Series Two, although most prefer to call these the “long nose” 275 GTBs, compared to the “short nose” 1964 models. Also new for 1965 were a flat bonnet and 10-hole wheels replacing the starburst-style rims from the previous year.
The Ferrari 275 GTB remains one of those everlasting Pininfarina designs the company is famous for. While not quite as rare as many of Ferraris other early models, the 275 and its variants such as the GTB/C and especially the NART (North American Racing Team) versions have seen spectacular values coming in at auction.