Do you fancy owning one of the rarest, most sought-after Ferraris in existence? Well, if you think your bank account can handle an eight-figure sucker punch, RM Sotheby’s is offering an extremely desirable 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider at its 2016 Monaco auction.
The 275 GTB/4 NART Spider was the brainchild of Ferrari importer extraordinaire Luigi Chinetti, who saw the need for a step between the hardcore 275 GTB/4 berlinetta and the softer contemporary 330 GTS spider. The NART (North American Racing Team) Spider, while possessing all of the right go-fast hardware and performance befitting the no-doubt exorbitant original price, was a slow-seller from the start. Chinetti planned an initial run of 25 NART Spiders, but stagnant demand resulted in just 10 produced.
Each 275 GTB/4 NART Spider was powered by the legendary four-cam variant of the Colombo V-12 engine. The 3.3-liter engine spit out a prodigious 300 hp.
This particular NART Spider was the final example produced and the only one to be sold new in Europe. It was sold new to a Spanish Colonel in 1968, and later sold to prominent Spanish Ferrari collector Jose Segimon, who owned it until 1982. The car was painted red, and eventually migrated to Switzerland in 1983, where it remained until 1995. The car was sold to an American owner, who stored the car in the U.K., where it was repainted the current shade of dark red and fitted with the set of period-correct Borrani wire wheels. Finally, the car was sold in 2009 to the current owner.
Interested? You’d better consult your bank first, as sale estimates climb to an eye-watering $26 million. This pre-sale estimate isn’t overly optimistic either, as a NART Spider took home $27.5 million in 2013.
If this NART is too costly or not to your tastes, the Monaco sale also boasts a few more significant vintage Ferraris. On the higher end, a fabulous 1951 Ferrari 340 America Barchetta with body by Touring will cross the block. With two entries into the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and a colorful ownership pedigree, this roadster is expected to take home close to $10 million.
As a direct contrast to the aforementioned NART Spider, the Monaco sale also features a contemporary 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS. This was the drop-top that inspired Chinetti to commission the NART Spider, bridging the gap between the GTB/4 berlinetta and the 330 GTS. This gorgeous Spider is finished in its original Nocciola gold paint, with a pre-sale estimate of a much more palatable $2,700,000.
RM Sotheby’s 2016 Monaco sale kicks off on May 14th. You can take a look at this feature from our friends over at Petrolicious on the NART Spider that sold in 2013 in the video below.
Photo credits: 1951 Ferrari 340 by Tim Scott, 1968 Ferrari 275 by Tom Gidden, and 1967 Ferrari 330 by Ryan Merrill for RM Sothebys.