This one-off 250 GT Special by Fantuzzi, #2235 GT, is the only period re-body of a GTE. It was done under the strict guidance of the American Ferrari importer, Luigi Chinetti. Chinetti also owned the North American Racing Team. Therefore this car was called a NART Special.
The basis for the car was a 1961 250 GTE, sold new by Chinetti and traded back in 1964. Chinetti had a remarkable sense for what the American market wanted and in 1965 he envisioned this Spyder design. It is said that Tom Meade had something to do with the styling as well. The car arrived at Carrozzeria Fantuzzi with special instructions to strip the GTE body and create an open racer on the chassis.
In 1967 the 3.0 Liter V12 was upgraded with Testarossa cams and a new intake manifold with six win-choke Weber carburetors to match the faster looks of the car. The modifications were performed by former factory mechanics Alberto Pedretti and Alfredo Caiti of Modena Motors. A five speed gearbox was fitted at the same time.
The car was completed in time to be shown at the 1965 San Fransisco Sports Car show and it later appeared at the New York and Miami Auto Shows.
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