1967 Ferrari 275GTB4 NART Spider (1967)

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The 275GTB4 Berlinetta was the culmination of Ferrari’s Grand Touring competition experience resulting in the creation of an iconic road machine the likes of which had never been seen before. This was the first four-cam equipped road car featuring a dry sump V-12 motor fed by six 2-barrel Webers.  A direct derivative of Ferrari’s racing successes.

In 1967 Luigi Chinetti, the American Ferrari importer, purchased 10 Ferrari 275GTB4s from the factory and contracted with Scaglietti of Modena, Italy to cut the tops off;  creating a magnificent competition based open-sports car, subsequently known as the North American Racing Team (NART) Spyder.

One of these NART Spyders starred in the film, The Thomas Crowne Affair with Steve McQueen.  Steve McQueen was so enamored with his NART Spyder co-star that he purchased one for his own pleasure. Soon after, his NART was involved in a road accident and unable to purchase a replacement, as Scaglietti ceased conversions, he settled for a 275GTB4 coupe – which was subsequently converted into a Spyder by Richard Straman.

Road & Track magazine featured a 275GTB4 NART Spyder on its September 1967 cover – calling it “The most satisfying sports car in the world”.

With increasing demand for NART Spyders, the slack was taken up in America by Richard Straman in the 1970s. This car was converted in 1978 at the request of the car’s owner who also owned a 1962 Ferrari 250GTO.  Straman was a noted specialist with much experience in converting 275GTB4s as well as the Daytona coupes into Spyder form.

In the early 1990s, Steve Moal, a well-known body fabrication shop in San Francisco, CA, perfected the conversion using templates based on a 1967 Scaglietti conversion.  At the same time the car was striped to bare metal and refinished to show quality standards by Chris Springer. The interior was re-done by Ken Nemenic of San Francisco, CA and the engine and drive-line were completely rebuilt by Patrick Otis of Berkley, CA.

The car has covered 78,000 kms, believed to be original (of which 6,500 kms came after its restoration). This NARTs history can be traced back to its original owner, a Mr. Sinatra in Italy.  It was delivered to him December 20, 1967.  The car has been driven in several one-thousand mile rallies, including the Copperstate 1000 (Arizona) and Going to the Sun (Montana) rallies. It remains in outstanding cosmetic and mechanical condition throughout and stands ready for its next adventure.

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  • Mileage: 2
  • Year: 1967
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Convertible
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Silver

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