In October of 1964, the 275 GTB was revealed at the Grand Palais in Paris, showing styling cues influenced by the mighty 250 GTO. The 275 was more than a larger engined version of the original 250 GT series, and though it may have been an evolutionary step, it was a significant one.
While the 275 GTB possessed a slightly larger motor—the Type 213 was the final development of the Columbo short-block design—one of the most significant departures from its predecessors was the introduction of an independently sprung, five-speed rear transaxle, that replaced the earlier cars’ four-speed gearbox and live rear axle. This gave the 275 a more neutral weight balance.
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