The 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder was available from a single American dealer, Luigi Chinetti, who had asked Ferrari to build a few Spyder versions of the 275 GTB/4. He bought them for approximately $8,000 apiece. NART stood for Chinetti's North American Racing Team. In a contemporary road test, Road & Track commended the Spyder as 'the most satisfying sports car in the world.' It was to be a custom run of 25 cars straight from Scaglietti, with just 10 built in 1967 and 1968, making this one of the rarest of all Ferraris. In the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair the Ferrari driven by Faye Dunaway was a NART Spyder and was referred to as 'one of those red Italian things.' Actor Steve McQueen was so captivated by the open car that he ordered his own from Chinetti.The Ferrari 275 GTB replaced the very popular and successful 250 GT. The lessons-learned on the racing circuit went in to building the Ferrari 275. It was Ferrari's first fully independent suspension Gran Turismo, similar to their racing program, with a rear-mounted transaxle. The result was a better balanced car that offered performance and luxury.
Production began in 1965; two years later it received an increase in power thanks to the dry sump, 6-Weber, dual overhead camshaft engine, resulting in the 3.3-liter V12 275 GTB/4.
Pininfarina had created the design for the long-nose fastback Berlinetta incorporating a traditional Ferrari oval grille, abrupt tail, and voluptuous fenders. The design echoed the cars performance, sophistication and style.
Luigi Chinetti, the United States importer and famed LeMans-winning driver, encouraged Ferrari to produce a Spyder version of the Berlinettas for the US Market. The 250 GT California, a Spyder version of the 250 GT, had been the earliest example of Chinetti's requests. Later, the four-cam 275 GTB/4 was given a Spyder body with construction work handled by Sergio Scaglietti. At this point in history, the 365 California Spyder was already in production; to avoid confusion, the 275-based Spyder's were dubbed 'NART Spyders.' The name NART, short for North American Racing Team, was in recognition of the team's racing success.
Only ten examples of the 275 GTS/4 NART Spyders were originally built.
The 275 GTB/GTS was debuted in October 1964 at the Paris Salon. It was designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti. The 275 GTB was based on the 250 GT Berlinetta Lusson and the 250 GTO. The GTS version drew styling from the 330 GT 2+2. Production continued through 1966. The fastback Berlinetta coupe was the GTB series. This version was meant for driving on the road and at the track. The Open spyder was the GTS series. This version was more comfortable and more suited for touring.
By moving the transmission to rear of the car, better weight distribution was achieved. The engine used was a Colombo-derived V-12 engine that produced 260 horsepower in the GTS and 280 horsepower in the GTB. With the GTB version, an option was given to the buyer to purchase the vehicle with three or six Weber carburetors. By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2014
In 1966, with the blessing of Enzo Ferrari, Luigi Chinetti created a new spider based on the Pinanfarina designed 275 GTB coupe for the American market. Chinetti collaborated with coach-builder Sergio Scaglietti and they produced this car, naming in ....[continue reading]
Conversions are not uncommon. This example left the factory in 1967 as a Berlinetta and carries chassis number 09635. In 1982 it was transformed to a NART Spyder while in the ownership of Paul Chamberlain. The work was handled by Richard Straman o....[continue reading]
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....[continue reading]
The Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spyders were specially built for Luigi Chinetti, the Ferrari importer for the United States. Chinetti convinced Enzo Ferrari to build a whole series of these special NART Spyders as an alternative to the luxurious 330 GTS. ....[continue reading]
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