Before the 250 series, open-top Ferrari road cars existed, but it was Pininfarina’s designs on later chassis, particularly the 275 introduced in 1964, that solidified convertibles in the Ferrari lineup. Pininfarina took charge of manufacturing the bodywork, bringing a notable improvement in build quality. The chassis, following Ferrari’s tradition, featured a multi-tubular frame with oval main tubes.
The 275 marked the first road-going Ferrari with independent rear suspension, utilizing a double wishbone and coil-spring setup akin to the 250LM sports-racer. The introduction of a rear-mounted five-speed transaxle, integrating the gearbox and differential, improved weight distribution and became a hallmark of future front-engined Ferrari road cars.
In the mid-1960s, Ferrari road cars shifted toward a more luxurious demeanor. The 275 GTS, reflecting this trend, featured a spacious interior with generously sized seats and a wood veneer dashboard—a first for Ferrari. However, despite the growing emphasis on luxury, the 275 GTS retained the aggressive charm characteristic of its predecessors.