This Ferrari was made just for America, and it’s the last of its type — now it’s worth $26 million

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Sometime in the mid-1960s, the main Ferrari importer in America, a racing driver named Luigi Chinetti, decided that there was a gap in the Ferrari lineup.

He asked Enzo Ferrari himself for a convertible version of the 275 GTB/4, in which his American customers could soak up a little sunshine.

The result was the beautiful 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder – named for the North American Racing Team, Ferrari’s stateside endurance-racing program founded by Chinetti himself.

The car made a Hollywood appearance in the original 1968 version of “The Thomas Crowne Affair,” in which it was ogled by the titular character, a millionaire playboy and art thief played by Steve McQueen.

McQueen, a noted car devotee, would later buy a NART Spyder for himself.

Only 10 NART Spyders were ever made, and all were intended to make it to the US.

Except – oddly enough – this one, which was sold to a Spanish colonel of the Foreign Legion in February 1968.

At an RM Sotheby’s auction in Monaco this weekend, this NART Spyder will headline an already star-studded docket and is expected by the house to sell for between$21 million and $26 million.


Why that much? Well, it’s from what is usually considered the greatest period of Ferrari road and race cars …

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… and of that period, front-engined, limited-edition convertibles usually reign supreme.

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Its predecessor, the beguiling 250 GT California Spyder SWB, is another example from this very rare category. One sold at Amelia Island this year for $17.1 million.

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Copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company. Photo by Brian Henniker.

But the rarity of the one-of-10 NART Spyder is enough to add an extra $10 million to that price.

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This particular example has a strange history. Despite the America-only intention of the program, one NART Spyder did manage to stay in Europe.

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Since then it has changed hands several times. The interior was refinished once …

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… and it has worn four different colors so far. It started out in gray.

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To the enthusiast, the 3.3 Liter four-cam Ferrari V12 is nearly as beautiful an object as the car itself.

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Even the switches on the dashboard are lovely. Some of them might even work.

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What a thing.

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