After a month long wait for a decent weather in London, I managed to test drive the two cars I am looking at, RHD 275 GTS and LHD 330 GTS.
Perfect weather this week allowed for a top down approach.
The RHD 275 GTS has the Chinetti 6-carb upgrades (I am probably too amateur to fell the difference, as I am not testing the standard model side-by-side).
The car handles really well, steering is firm but not overly heavy. The springing feels rather supple (more like a boat if compared to my 458), but I can still feel the road grip on English small curvy country lanes. The 2nd gear is not always easy to get from 1st gear, although straight into 3rd didn't feel strange at all. The strange thing is that the gear stick is still located as if it is a LHD car, so for a small person like me, it feels like I am trespassing the passenger side.
In the LHD 330 GTS, it appears that my left hand steering is not as good as my right hand, as it took me a few miles before getting use to changing gear while keeping the car on the left lane. The 2nd gear seems to be having similar issue like the 275, although after 15mins of running, it starts to work much smoother.
The bigger engine can be felt on lower gear, helping the car to willingly accelerate faster than the 275...although on longer stretch, the bigger engine advantage is getting less obvious, IMHO. I wonder if the 6-carb on the 275 has something to do. The car ride and handle very nicely, as a classic. Suspension wasn't bad at all on a stretch of stripped-surface road (waiting for road resurfacing at night, I supposed).
Overall impressions are satisfying on both cars, as classic spyder to be used as a touring car...I can't really decide which one I like, style wise, as they're both differently nice looking (or both nicely different looking?) ... I think in the end it will be more of which model is available at the right time for me to get it. I am patient enough to find the right car.
(((Unfortunately, 2 days after test driving it, the 330 was sold to a keen American buyer, who bought it without looking at the car
RHD 275 GTS is still there, but I am keen on test driving 275 GTS/4 NART as comparison.
I will look at another 330 GTS that will need a lot of cosmetics, mechanical and engine works, hopefully in the next 2 weeks.