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  Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Nart Spyder
 

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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:1967 - 1968
Numbers built:10
Designed by:Pininfarina
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:September 26, 2014
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Chassis: 09437
Chassis 09437 was the first of ten NART Spyders built in 1967 and one of just two fitted with an alloy body. Shortly after it was delivered to Luigi Chinetti, he entered it in the Sebring 12 Hours for Denise McCluggage and Marianne Rollo. The only competition modification was the addition of a roll-over bar and even the bumpers were still fitted. Despite very poor preparation, the sole North American Racing Team entry managed to clinch the class lead during the 8th hour. It eventually lost out to a fully race prepared Shelby Mustang GT 350 and finished second in class.

The prototype NART Spyder next appeared under a very different limelight. It had been cast to appear alongside Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in the in the Hollywood motion picture "The Thomas Crown Affair." For the occasion, chassis 09437 was repainted from its original 'Giallo Solare' yellow to burgundy, because that colour photographed better. Shortly after its big screen, the NART Spyder was road-tested in Road & Track Magazine. The article's subtitle was 'The most satisfying sports car in the world.' They found that Ferrari's claim of 300 bhp was a bit conservative; 330 bhp was estimated to be closer to the truth.

By the time of the Road & Track article, it had already been sold to Norman Silver; one of Chinetti's most loyal customers. Chassis 09437 remained in his collection until his death in 1985. The new owner had the car carefully restored to its original 'Giallo Solare' finish. Since then the car has been shown at various events in the United States and changed hands several times. Still in highly original and unmolested condition, it was offered in Gooding's 2005 Pebble Beach Auction. At $3.96 million, chassis 09437 became the week's top seller. It is seen here ahead of the 2005 Gooding auction.


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