Gus - great write up.
One thing to keep in mind is that these cars vary greatly from individual example to the next. Even very good looking cars can drive like rubbish, or the other way around. I cannot stress this enough - there are VERY few good cars out there. VERY few. There are a lot that have been expertly restored, but never driven and as a consequence they are still pretty bad to drive. If they have had a complete restoration in the past 2 years, but less than 1000 miles driven, then they still need more miles to iron out the kinks. Miles are the key - they need more, not less. However, if they are like that they cost (relatively) little to get where they need to be. But most that I see have had a little work but not enough. One 275GTS I know is owned by an Italian gentleman who has just had the exterior restored. The car looks fabulous now. But he doesn't want to spend the money on the mechanical side of things so she will still need a large amount to become a good car.
So please keep an open mind and try not to think of your experience as having driven all 275GTS's or 330GTS's out there. I promise you will be quite surprised the next time you drive another one, it will feel quite different.
In your position, I would also try out some of the closed versions, even if you're not interested in buying. Getting experience behind the wheel is very important to get a better feel for the mechanicals and it's easier to find the closed ones. Even though I came from driving a 1974 Boxer, also with heavy clutch and carbs, it took me some time (I would say around 2,000 kms) to get properly settled and bonding with the 8 year older GTC. It will also be helpful to place the open cars in terms of scuttle shake and flex (nothing wrong with it, just part of the experience with open topped cars from the '60ies, but it does influence the handling and driving the closed one will give you a perspective on how the GTS relates to contemporary sisters). The offer to drive my 330GTC still stands, I don't know a Colombo engine that's running sweeter than mine is at the moment (he said, a very happy man). You can also see how I drive her - I found it extremely helpful when I was new at this, to see someone like 212export drive my car, or sitting next to Vitalone when he drove her. Both have a lot of experience driving '60ies Ferraris and they feel at home in my car. People that are really in tune with the car can teach you a lot.
I would advise you, when you go looking at a car, to take someone with you that has experience with vintage Ferraris. I really only feel qualified NOW, after 3 years of owning the GTC, to go and buy a vintage Ferrari. I was lucky - my car was a great buy. But even though I bought a prime specimen, whose 20+ year owner spared no expense, the car is now running much better than she was when I bought her. It is a tricky, but extremely rewarding, hobby.
Oh - and I almost forgot my golden tip.
NEVER buy a car like that without putting it on a bridge. The underside tells all the stories: paint job, maintenance, attention to detail, originality. If it looks good underneath, the rest will be fine.
I hope any of this is helpful - just putting out there what I have learnt in the past 3 years.
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