Ferrari 275/GTB4 NART Spyder

Continuing in our exploration of that which is most sublime in cars, we come to the NART Spyder. Just this much is enough to identify the car to any Ferrari afficionado who isn't simply trying to be annoying (unfortunately this is all to common to the breed). I actually saw one in person once at Steve Forristall's GT Cars in Houston, Texas, and have been madly in love with the car ever since. The new owner hopped in without opening the door, peeled open a snickers bar, and went puttering down the road sedately while munching his snickers. He was seemingly unaware of which was more important in life--the NART Spyder or his snickers bar. No accounting for taste.

The likelihood of my ever owning one of these $2 million-plus cars seems low, but I enjoy looking at their pictures. The factory made only 10. There have been a few "cut" cars, replicas made by cutting up 275 coupes. For me, such a car would be almost as desirable, but to the purist a sacrilege.

The NART designation is a reference to Luigi Chinetti's North American Racing Team. It was at his behest that the factory built the spyder. In modern terms, the cars are not going to be that fast. The most optimistic numbers would have the small displacement V12 churning out something like 330 horsepower. The 0 to 60 time was reportedly about 6.7 seconds. This car is all about aesthetics and style. What kind of style? If that isn't absurdly obvious from the picture of one, consider this: the car appeared in the original 1968 Thomas Crowne Affair.

Almost achingly beautiful. I'm guessing this one belongs to a Microsoftie judging from the Ferrari of Washington banner in the background. Tell me the Jaguar XK-E has anything on these curves and I'll direct you to the nearest optometrist!


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