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RARE FERRARI 275 GTB NART SPIDER TO SELL AT MONTEREY AUCTION

 

By Culturekiosque Staff

LOS ANGELES, 3 JULY 2013 — With only 10 cars produced by special request of Ferrari’s North American distributor in the late 1960s, the famous Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T Spiders are unquestionably among the most highly prized of all classic road going Ferrari models. Rare in the extreme, it is unusual for a genuine N.A.R.T. Spider to come to public auction, but the car on offer is even rarer for being a low-mileage, single-owner example. With the owner’s commitment to seeing the proceeds of the sale donated to charitable causes, the car will be an undoubted star of RM’s two-day sale in Monterey, California on 16-17 August, during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance motoring week.  

Spiders were the brainchild of Ferrari’s North American distributor and famous Le Mans winner, Luigi Chinetti. Chinetti had seen a likely demand for Ferrari’s beautiful "four-cam" coupe as a full convertible in the North American market, and he set about convincing Ferrari that they should permit him to commission a limited series of such cars from the coachbuilder Scaglietti. The result was a stunningly attractive car with exceptional performance from it’s 330 brake horsepower V-12 engine and with road holding to match. 

The example on offer, chassis 10709, was acquired new by Chinetti’s friend, North Carolina businessman and Ferrari afficionado Eddie Smith Sr., who personally picked the car up with Chinetti at the factory in Maranello, Italy. Since Mr. Smith’s passing, 10709 has remained in the hands of his family, who have made the decision to part with the car, but with the wish that the proceeds benefit multiple charitable causes.

As one of only ten original N.A.R.T Spider owners, Mr. Smith was instantly in rarified company and was part of a group that also included Hollywood legend Steve McQueen, who ordered an example of his own from Chinetti after driving a N.A.R.T Spider in the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair. Chassis 10709 is expected to be one of the most valuable motor cars ever offered in Monterey when it crosses RM’s auction podium in August.

RM Montery Sale
16 - 17 August 2013
Portola Hotel & Spa
and Monterey Convention Center
Monterey, California
Tel: (1) 519 352 4575
www.rmauctions.com

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