The newest installment of the popular Jay Leno’s Garage has seen the rise to stardom in front of the host’s eyes of a classic Ferrari 275 GTB4 from 1967 – reaching for the title of “ultimate Ferrari”.
The well known comedian and TV host usually features cars from his own huge garage but every now and then has the chance to experiment rare vehicles belonging to other affluent collectors. This is the case here, with the prized possession belonging to jeweler and car enthusiast David Lee, who allowed Jay to have a test drive in the beauty. “One of the most classically beautiful cars of all time, ” says Jay, this has the body penned by Pininfarina and is often called “the ultimate Ferrari” – it was first showed in 1966 at the Paris Motor Show and emerged as one of the top sports cars in the 1960s.
Under the hood breaths fire a 3.3-liter V12 naturally aspirated engine with two valves per cylinder and six carburetors, packing 300 horsepower (220 kilowatts) – which is good for a maximum speed of 166.5 miles per hour (268 kilometers per hour). Reworked from the regular 275 is the redesigned transaxle, retuned handling, lower noise and vibration levels, and new Porsche-sourced gearbox synchronizers. The red 275 GTB4 is for Jay his “favorite, his era,” and it’s the “classic Ferrari – V12, front engine, perfectly proportioned – really one of the most beautiful cars of all time.”