Built For The Royal
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS by Pininfarina

First introduced at the Paris Salon in October 1964, the Ferrari 275 was offered as a Berlinetta and a spider. While both were designed by Pininfarina and sharing the same chassis and engines, only the open car was built at Pininfarina’s Grugliasco factory.

The Ferrari 275 GTS was powered by the famous 3.3 Columbo V12 and looked different to its closed sibling, with uncovered headlamps, triple-louvered fenders, and a tapered rear end. Only 200 examples of the 275 GTS convertible were built over the 18-month production period, making it much rarer than the Berlinetta.

Chassis no. 08015 is the 189th example built and left the factory in July 1966 in Verde Pino Metalizzato’s bodywork. It was ordered new by Prince Abdallah Moulay, the brother of King Hassan II of Morocco and later sold to a Frenchman residing in Casablanca in the late 1960s. Since then the car was sent to different cities in the United States, then Germany and France. It received a series of some restoration work around 2000, including a complete engine overhaul with a new cooling system and stainless-steel exhaust system, a repaint of the original Verde Pino Metalizzato shade and a refurnished of seats and door panels in red leather.

This beautiful convertible was first offered in RM Sotheby’s Abu Dhabi sale during the last race weekend of the 2019 Formula 1 season. For some odd reason it didn’t attract the attention it deserved during the auction and it is still available at the moment of writing. For collectors out there this is a rare second chance and once it’s gone it may not come again.