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May 27, 2018

How Many Ferrari NART Spyder Models Were There?

by Mike –

With the sale of one of the ten Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyders for $27.5 million at auction in Monterey, California in August 2013 there has been an increased interest in the Ferrari NART Spyder. It turns out there are more Ferrari NART Spyder models than just the 275 GTB/4.

1968 Ferrari 365 GT NART Spyder

1968 Ferrari 365 GT NART Spyder

Another model of the NART Spider is shown here – a 1968 Ferrari 365 GT NART Spyder that I ran across at a local car show. Luigi Chinetti Jr. designed this model as he did the Ferrari 250 GT Fantuzzi NART Spider that I previously wrote about.

The 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder was designed by Sergio Scaglietti and the 365 GTB/4 Daytona NART Spyder was a complete re-body of the 365 GTB/4 Daytona by Michelotti. I also have written about this rather un-attractive Ferrari.

1968 Ferrari 365 GT NART Spyder

In the late 1960s, Ferrari built 168 examples of the 365 GTC, which was almost identical in appearance to the 330 GTC – the biggest difference being the slightly larger engine.

1968 Ferrari 365 GT NART Spyder

1968 Ferrari 365 GT NART Spyder

Ferrari also produced twenty 365 GTS models (S for Spyder meaning convertible). This Spyder shown here is not one of those twenty.

Luigi Chinetti, Jr. has been quoted as saying he always wanted to build something different than the 365 GTS. Chinetti changed the original Pininfarina designed front end to look a little more sportier in his opinion. From the rear view this NART Spyder looks the same as the Pininfarina design except for the location of the gas filler and of course the NART badge.

The starting car for this conversion was a coupe and not the GTS because Chinetti said the coupe was cheaper and easier to buy.

1968 Ferrari 365 GT NART Spyder

1968 Ferrari 365 GT NART Spyder

The California based owner of this NART Spyder, Harry Gibson, bought it in 1987 sight unseen and had it shipped from New York to California. He then sent it to the well known, late Bill De Carr in Southern California who had an excellent reputation for body work.

De Carr refinished the paint and corrected some of the panel fit. In 1990 De Carr managed to get this Spyder invited to be shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This NART Spyder has received awards, including one that could not be accepted at Pebble Beach in 1990 because the car had a mechanical failure that made it impossible to drive across the platform.

1968 Ferrari 365 GT NART Spyder

1968 Ferrari 365 GT NART Spyder

Afterwards the 365 GT NART Spider was garaged and rarely came out, remaining out of public view for more than twenty years. The owner has been showing it recently, which explains why I saw it at a local show and had not seen it before.

Bill De Carr also restored the Iso Grifo Targa and the AMX/3 by Bizzarrini that I have written about. The AMX/3 was at Pebble Beach in 1990 on the same field at this Ferrari 365 GT NART Spyder.

It is a beautiful Ferrari and I am very happy the owner brought it out of storage to share once again.

1968 Ferrari 365 GT NART Spyder

Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider

Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Fantuzzi NART Spyder

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Fantuzzi NART Spyder

Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona NART Spider

Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona NART Spider

Ferrari 275 GTB4 Competezione

Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Competezione

Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider

The $27.5 million Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider

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How Many Ferrari NART Spyder Models Were There?
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How Many Ferrari NART Spyder Models Were There?
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There were many models of the Ferrari NART Spyder - another model is shown here - a 1968 Ferrari 365 GT NART Spyder.
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Comments

  1. Since Chinetti started with the 365 GT coupe, because it was cheaper and easier to buy, for the conversion to the for the 365 GT NART Spyder, I am curious to know what reinforcement was done to the frame and/or body, since cutting off the roof significantly reduces the structural rigidity and integrity of the car. Maybe I am idiot (opinions vary), but I would have preferred to buy the 365 GTS’ and converted them, for it would have involved not cutting off roofs and structurally reinforcing the cars. Glenn in the Bronx, NY.

  2. Rollie Langston says:

    Thanks for the interesting story on some famous Ferrari based Spyders. Ferrari is perhaps best known for their beautiful berlinetta coupes, but Chinetti recognized the importance of convertible Spyders for the US market, especially sunny southern California. The 250 California Spyder is also a big part of this story, also influenced by Chinetti. Most of today’s supercars also offer Spyder variants. Great pictures of great cars.

  3. Mark D. Carbone says:

    O.K., I’ll bite. What does N.A.R.T. stand for ?

  4. Mark D. Carbone says:

    North American Retractable Top ?

  5. North American Racing Team, Luigi Chinetti’s racing team using his modified Ferrari cars. Luigi was the exclusive importer of Ferraris into the US at this time.

  6. http://www.mikemolloy.photography/store/p27/Ferrari_No.5.html

    Classic Ferrari from Donnington Historic festival UK, now available 3 sizes of Aluminium Dibond.

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