Ferrari’s 250 model series was discontinued with the 250 GT Lusso and replaced in 1964 at he Paris Salon with the 275 GTB berlinetta. The model was built in two series, with around 450 units being produced by Scaglietti. Some of these, destined for racing, came in aluminum with racing suspension and six Weber carburettors, and are known as the 275 GTB/C.
Compared to its predecessor, the 275 GTB featured a larger radiator opening, featuring an egg crate pattern aluminium grille, angled rearward at the lower edge like a hungry mouth, bounded by quarter bumpers, with above them deeply recessed headlights under Plexiglass covers. The body featured powerful curves with overall lines that had echoes of the 250 GTO, with a long forward section and a set back cabin falling sharply into the short Kamm tail, carrying circular combination tail/turn light units on a lightly recessed panel similar to that of its predecessor.
The body was designed by Pininfarina, and constructed by Scaglietti, normally in steel with aluminium doors, bonnet, and boot lid, although some examples received full aluminium bodies. The cabin was a three window design with a large deeply curved windscreen and an almost flat rear screen bounded by sail panels that featured triple cabin exhaust air slots that matched the quadruple arrangement on the front wings.
A year after its introduction the model underwent a facelift, which was again shown for the first time at the Paris Salon. The most noticeable revision was the provision of a new longer slimmer nose, with a flat bonnet replacing the lightly raised center section unit on the "short nose" car. At the same time the size of the rear screen was increased, and the boot lid hinges became external to increase the capacity within.
The 275 GTB was built on a 2400mm wheelbase chassis and was powered by a 3286cc V12 Colombo engine that delivered 280 hp. The engine was coupled to a five speed gearbox. It was the first time Ferrari used a a combined gearbox and differential unit in a transaxle assembly, and the provision of independent rear suspension.
The car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds and was capable of a top speed of 156 mph.
In 1966 at the Paris Auto Show, Ferrari unveiled the 275 GTB/4. Compared to the 275 GTB, the new version featured dry-sump lubrication system and revised cylinder heads with four camshafts that gave the car its “4” suffix. The powered was increased by 40 hp, to 300 hp.
In 2006 a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was auctioned by RM Auction in Monterey, Ca for $990,000.