Wednesday, July 18, 2012

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy-Body Longnose

In 1964 Ferrari superseded its highly successful 250 series with two new models: the 275 GTB and 275 GTS. While the GTS’ spyder bodywork was evolved from the 330 GT 2+2, the GTB was a breathtaking new Pininfarina design replacing the earlier Lusso with more rounded contours inspired by both the 250 LM racer and the lovely 250 GTO.

The final incarnation of the famous Colombo-designed V-12, the 275’s 3.3 liter twin-cam engine was rated at 260 HP in the spyder and 280 HP in the berlinetta. Both cars employed a rear-mounted 5-speed gearbox integrated with the rear axle. The solidly mounted unit allowed fully independent rear suspension, therefore making the 275 the first street Ferrari utilizing that layout, comprising unequal length A-arms, coil springs, tube shock absorbers and 4-wheel disc brakes.

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