Sold for $27,500,000 at 2013 RM Sothebys
Eddie Smith Sr., known by his friends and family as 'George', purchased chassis number 10709 from new. Luigi Chinetti, the legendary Ferrari importer, called Mr. Smith informing him that Mr. Enzo Ferrari had agreed to build some spiders. The four-cam's predecessor, the 275 GTB, offered a spider variant, whereas the alternative to the 275 GTB/4 was a 330 GTS. As such, the N.A.R.T. Spider was a direct request from Luigi Chinetti. N.A.R.T., representing North American Racing Team, was one endurance racing's most successful team, with a banner campaigned by the likes of Rodriguez Brothers, Bob Grossman, Masten Gregory, Phil Hill, Jean Guichet, and many others.
In total, there were 10 examples built. This example was originally finished in Azzurro Metallizzato (Metallic Blue), and when Eddie picked the car up, it was also fitted with a chromed front grille guard, which it wears to this day.
After 10709 was delivered to Luigi Chinetti Motors in New York, Eddie took delivery in March 1968. By the 1980s, the car had been refinished in darker red/maroon metallic colors.
Eddie retained the car until his passing in 2007. Since then, the car has been stored and maintained in a purpose-built garage.By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2014