Ferrari 275 GTB

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Introduced in 1953, the Ferrari 250 quickly became the company’s most successful vehicle lineup. It included everything from road-legal grand tourers to the 250 Testa Rossa and 250 LM race cars. More importantly, the range spawned the iconic 250 GTO, currently the most expensive Ferrari ever auctioned (as of August 20, 2014). The 250 line came to an end in 1964, when it was replaced by two distinct families, the 275 and 330. While the 275 GTB/C stepped in to substitute the 250 GTO, the 275 GTB/4 took center stage as Ferrari’s new flagship model.

Introduced at the 1966 Paris Motor Show . the GTB/4 quickly became popular with sports car enthusiasts and celebrities, especially in the United States. Even Hollywood actor and motoring icon Steven McQueen ordered one of the V-12-powered grand tourers, receiving it on the set of the "Bullitt" movie. McQueens example became the most expensive GTB/4 ever auctioned in 2014, when it crossed the block for $10 million. Because of this huge auction sum, we decided to have a closer look at this enticing, berlinetta-bodied Ferrari.

Much like the iconic 250 GTO, the 275 GTB/4 was highlighted by large, round headlamps placed under bulged plastic caps, simple, bi-color taillights around back, front fender fins and chrome bumpers and body trims.

Considered one of the best-looking Ferrari berlinettas in history, the 275 GTB/4 was built by Scaglietti. The new body work differed from that of the standard 275 GTB, which was designed by Pininfarina . Although the two were similar as far as styling goes, both featuring a long hood, pointy nose, and a short rear section, the GTB/4 showcased a lower profile and a slightly longer wheelbase.

Much like the iconic 250 GTO, the 275 GTB/4 was highlighted by large, round headlamps placed under bulged plastic caps, simple, bi-color taillights around back, front fender fins and chrome bumpers and body trims. Although the 275 GTB/4 had a strong resemblance to the 250 GTO, Pininfarina never admitted it was inspired by its predecessor. The familiar wire wheels with the large, three-spoke center nut were kept on this model as well. Unlike most vehicles of the era, the 275 GTB/4 had its side mirror incorporated into the front fender.

The 275 GTB/4’s interior didn’t stray far from the regular, Ferrari-badged grand tourers of the era. The cabin’s design was simple yet elegant. A wraparound dashboard connected with the door panels, which featured aluminum inserts at the bottom. Both the instrument panel and the center stack area featured four gauges each, while the wood-rimmed steering wheel came in a classic, three-spoke configuration. A couple of bolstered, albeit missing proper headrests, seats provided a certain degree of comfort and hugginess.

Ferrari cars came with a high degree of customization options even in the 1960s, meaning the 275 GTB/4’s interior could be ordered in several colors and trims, ranging from sober black themes to lighter shades or lively hues such as red, blue or yellow.

Like the entire 275 series, the GTB/4 was motivated by the legendary Colombo V-12 engine. The unit displaced 3.3 liters and featured six Weber carburetors. Mated to a five-speed manual transmission, the V-12 delivered 300 horsepower and 217 pound-feet of torque when new, which translated into a 0-to-60 mph acceleration of six seconds and a top speed of 165 mph. Quite impressive for the mid-1960s.

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