The main star of the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance motoring week auction will be 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T Spyder. This rare car will be offered at RM Auction from August 16–17 at Monterey, California.
Only 10 cars of Ferrari 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T Spyder was produced by special request of Ferrari’s North American distributor in the late 1960s. 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 beautiful Ferrari 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Spyders 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 difficult decision to part with the car, but with the wish that the proceeds benefit multiple charitable causes.
The sale represents a wonderful, altruistic gesture that is a fitting way for the family to remember the legacy of Mr. Smith, whose own generosity and charitable contributions to his hometown of Lexington, North Carolina, have served to inspire both his community and his family. 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.