1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 ‘NART Spyder’
Above Images ©Darin Schnabel ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions
Only ten Ferrari 275s offically came from the Ferrari factory in spyder configuration. These were all made for Luigi Chinetti who was Ferrari's North American Importer at the time.
Chinetti recognized the need for an alternative to the luxurious 330 GTS and reluctantly convinced Ferrari to deliver his own ‘NART Spyder’.
Chinetti first got the idea for the car at the Paris Motor Show when the 275 GTB/4 was shown. Ferrari at first denied his request to built a factory spider, but after talking to Sergio Scaglietti who manufactured the 275 bodies, Ferrari was finally convinced. Chinetti named the car after his North American Racing Team (NART) which contested all the top races in US and abroad.
Initially, Chinetti ordered 25 cars which were executed by the experienced craftsman at Sergio Scaglietti's workshops. Although the chassis of the 275 relied on the body for rigidity no additional bracing was introduced with the NART Spyder.
In the end, Ferrari only shipped 10 Spyders to Chinetti and they were all sold through his eastern USA dealership. The first of these cars came with aluminum body and was immediately put into race duty to promote the model. After the race, Chinetti had a hard time selling the cars and had to sell the final few at a marked discount.
Our feature car is chassis 10709 and was purchased new by Eddie Smith Sr., of North Carolina. He carefully and respectfully kept the car for his life until his passing in 2007. In the 1980s it was painted from its original hue of Azzurro Metallizzato to resale red.
In 2013, RM Auctions sold 10709 for the Smith family with all the proceeds benfitting charity. It sold for $27,500,000 USD which was a record for a motorcar at auction.
Story by Richard Owen
Auction Sales History
1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 ‘NART Spyder’ 10709 - sold for $27,500,000
Single-ownership from new. Purchased new by Eddie Smith Sr., of North Carolina. Matching-numbers, fully restored example. One of only 10 highly desirable N.A.R.T. Spiders ever built. . Proceeds to benefit charity
Auction Source: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Alloy Spyder 09437 - sold for $3,900,000
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Alloy Spyder. Upon delivery it was immediately prepared with a roll-bar for race duty and first contested the Sebring 12 Hours with drivers Denise McCluggage and Marianne 'Pinkie' Rollo behind the wheel. They had a tiny crew and limited equipment, but after 12 hours, the 275 endured, and finished just half a lap behind the class-winning Shelby Mustang. A fantastic finish for a showroom-stock Ferrari, albeit with a 3... read more
Auction Source: 2005 Monterey Events