1970 Cadillac NART news, pictures, and information
Designer: Luigi Chinetti Jr.
Chassis Num: 1486238
|Sold for $57,750 at 2006 RM Auctions.|
Luigi Chinetti was a race car driver that had piloted a Ferrari to a victory at LeMans. During the sixties he served as a US distributor of Ferrari automobiles. He continued his racing passion through his NART Team, North American Racing Team. The vehicles were renowned for providing podium finishes for their drivers. After many successful racing campaigns, the cars were sold often to the wealthy, attracting high premiums.
The Cadillac NART was intended to cater to the wealthy. It was to be produced in limited numbers and built to the high standards and expectations. It was to have the performance of a sports car and the class of a luxury vehicle. Of course, it would be accompanied by a price tag that matched.
The Cadillac Eldorado's power train was removed from the front and placed behind the rear seats. Parts were used from other Cadillac vehicles to create the front suspension. Ventilated disc brakes were placed on all four corners. All available amenities of the time were installed including power brakes, powering steering, air conditioning, AM-FR stereo, and power windows. The plan was to have prestigious coachbuilders from Italy complete the package.
Popup headlights were mounted in the front. The windows were large and allowed the driver and passenger to see and been seen.
At the 1971 Turin Auto Show the Cadillac NART was on display at the Zagato booth. At the New York International Automobile Show it was on Chinetti Motor's stand.
By the time the prototype was completed, Chinetti's Ferrari business was requiring all of his attention. A second prototype was scheduled but was never created leaving this the only Cadillac NART ever built.
At the 2006 RM Auction it was estimated to sell between $50,000 - $100,000. The owner, who had owned it ever since buying it from Luigi Chineeti, Jr. nearly twenty years ago was willing to depart with this magnificent creation. The lot was sold at auction for $57,750.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006
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