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 Post subject: Scaglietti Ferrari 275 GTB NART Spyder
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:36 pm 
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The NART Spyders, based on the Ferrari 275 GTB, are semi-official coachbuilt specials. Scaglietti performed the conversions of the Pininfarina designed GTBs on commission by Luigi Chinetti.

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Ferrari’s North American distributor, Le Mans winner Luigi Chinetti, had long argued for lightweight spyder versions of Ferrari’s berlinettas. Their performance was better than the heavier cabriolets, and their appearance appealed to an important segment of Chinetti’s loyal client base. They were, however, a distraction for Ferrari, even though they represented an addition to the product line that Chinetti, representing Ferrari’s largest market, felt was important. Chinetti’s request for a spyder version of the 275 GTB did not get serious attention from Ferrari and Scaglietti until well into the model’s history, in fact coming coincidentally with the introduction of the four-cam, six-Weber carburetted 275 GTB/4. When it finally arrived, Chinetti reinforced the connection between the lightweight spyder and Ferrari’s racing success in North America by attaching “NART,” for his North American Racing Team, to the model designation.

The first NART was rushed to Sebring for the 1967 running of the 12-hour enduro, placing second in its class and 17th overall and driven by Denise McLuggage and Marianne “Pinkie” Rollo. While Chinetti was prepared to distribute three or four dozen NART Spyders, in the end only 10 were built by Ferrari and Scaglietti, of which four are believed to have been built from inception as NART Spyders. The other six were originally berlinettas that Scaglietti completed as NART Spyders. Enthusiasts will also recall the NART Spyder’s cinematic appearance in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), starring consummate “car guy” Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.

Conversion of a berlinetta into a spyder is not a simple process. Both the body itself and the chassis must be strengthened to make up for the loss of the roof and supporting pillars. The folding top mechanism, even with the model of factory built examples to follow, and the boot into which it disappears is a complicated structure.

Chinetti’s vision of the appeal of the spyder was endorsed by later generations of collectors. Decapitating Daytona berlinettas became a cottage industry in the 1980s. Less frequently few 275 GTBs have been converted to spyder specification by this "Cottage Industry".
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It is difficult to spot the differences between a real NART Spyder and a non-Scaglietti conversion.
Aymami, can you help us to identify the different NART Spyders?


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 Post subject: Re: Scaglietti Ferrari 275 GTB NART Spyder
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:45 pm 
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Here is a nice photo taken by Ed Niles at the Ferrari factory. It's a scale model of the NART Spyder for windtunnel testing.

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And this is how Ferrari's windtunnel looked in those days. It was powered by a four cylinder engine!

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 Post subject: Re: Scaglietti Ferrari 275 GTB NART Spyder
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:22 pm 
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Here is a nice one (#08391), BUT... we can immediately rule this one out as an official Scaglietti NART Spyder, because this is a late seventies conversion, performed by two ex-Chevron Racing Team mechanics, while in the ownership of marque specialist Brian Classic. They were aided by the fact that Brian Classic had a friend who owned an original NART Spyder to use as reference.


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 Post subject: Re: Scaglietti Ferrari 275 GTB NART Spyder
PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:39 pm 
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Michiel Mobiel wrote:
The NART Spyders, based on the Ferrari 275 GTB, are semi-official coachbuilt specials. Scaglietti performed the conversions of the Pininfarina designed GTBs on commission by Luigi Chinetti.

Promotional text by RM Auctions:
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Ferrari’s North American distributor, Le Mans winner Luigi Chinetti, had long argued for lightweight spyder versions of Ferrari’s berlinettas. Their performance was better than the heavier cabriolets, and their appearance appealed to an important segment of Chinetti’s loyal client base. They were, however, a distraction for Ferrari, even though they represented an addition to the product line that Chinetti, representing Ferrari’s largest market, felt was important. Chinetti’s request for a spyder version of the 275 GTB did not get serious attention from Ferrari and Scaglietti until well into the model’s history, in fact coming coincidentally with the introduction of the four-cam, six-Weber carburetted 275 GTB/4. When it finally arrived, Chinetti reinforced the connection between the lightweight spyder and Ferrari’s racing success in North America by attaching “NART,” for his North American Racing Team, to the model designation.

The first NART was rushed to Sebring for the 1967 running of the 12-hour enduro, placing second in its class and 17th overall and driven by Denise McLuggage and Marianne “Pinkie” Rollo. While Chinetti was prepared to distribute three or four dozen NART Spyders, in the end only 10 were built by Ferrari and Scaglietti, of which four are believed to have been built from inception as NART Spyders. The other six were originally berlinettas that Scaglietti completed as NART Spyders. Enthusiasts will also recall the NART Spyder’s cinematic appearance in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), starring consummate “car guy” Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.

Conversion of a berlinetta into a spyder is not a simple process. Both the body itself and the chassis must be strengthened to make up for the loss of the roof and supporting pillars. The folding top mechanism, even with the model of factory built examples to follow, and the boot into which it disappears is a complicated structure.

Chinetti’s vision of the appeal of the spyder was endorsed by later generations of collectors. Decapitating Daytona berlinettas became a cottage industry in the 1980s. Less frequently few 275 GTBs have been converted to spyder specification by this "Cottage Industry".
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It is difficult to spot the differences between a real NART Spyder and a non-Scaglietti conversion.
Aymami, can you help us to identify the different NART Spyders?


Both blue cars are conversions: 07211 and 09851.


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 Post subject: Re: Scaglietti Ferrari 275 GTB NART Spyder
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another period pic


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