The 1968 275 GTS/4 NART Spider, chassis no. 11057, is unquestionably one of the most important
road-going Ferraris in history, substantially rarer than virtually all of its iconic colleagues. Only ten were ever
built as part of an ingenious collaboration between American Ferrari importer extraordinaire Luigi Chinetti and
Enzo Ferrari, bearing the race-winning moniker of Chinetti’s North American Racing Team. A fixture in the
most glamorous, jet-setting locales around the world, the model itself also catapulted itself to instant
automotive immortality as a result of its association with Steve McQueen, whose dapper character Thomas
Crown, drove one on screen. The example on offer is all the more special, as it is not only Ferrari Classiche
certified and matching numbers, it is the last of the ten built, the only one delivered new to Europe, and the
third from last 275-series Ferrari of any kind constructed. The dark red metallic finish and beige interior are
paired beautifully with the throaty 330-horsepower V-12 engine, and the car will stun onlookers when set
against the dramatic backdrop of Monaco’s skyline. This incredible Ferrari will be one of the most valuable
automobiles offered at auction in 2016 (Est. expected to fetch in excess of €19 million).
“It is a privilege to present this NART Spider, not only because of its importance and rarity, but also because
its offering at auction is such an extraordinary event. Ownership of a NART Spider represents membership in
a club of only nine other enthusiasts around the world,” said Rob Myers, Chairman and CEO, RM Sotheby’s.
“If a Ferrari is the choice of car connoisseurs, then the NART Spider is the choice of Ferrari connoisseurs.”
No less than 21 Ferraris, including the 275 NART Spider, are poised for RM’s upcoming Monaco event.
Among other notable entries ready to bask in the Monaco sunshine is a 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet,
chassis 0227EL, one of just four bodied by Vignale. Painted in black with a distinctive red leather interior, this
handsome 212 has led a jetsetter lifestyle and is eligible for such prestigious events as the Mille Miglia
Storica and the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este (Est. €1.250.000 – €1.500.000). Meanwhile, another
V-12-powered drop-top also set for RM’s Monaco stage is a stunning Ferrari Classiche-certified 1972 365
GTS/4 Daytona Spider, chassis no. 15535. One of just 18 original LHD European-specification spiders, the
featured Daytona has covered just 27,000 km from new (Est. €2.400.000 - €2.800.000). For the ultimate
Ferrari aficionado looking to stand out in Monaco’s yacht-lined harbour, RM’s Monaco catalogue also includes
an ultra-rare, avant-garde 1990 Riva Ferrari 32, hull no. 28; striking in its F1-inspired, signature Ferrari Rosso
Corsa red hull, the boat was designed to reach speeds of up to 100 kph (Est. €180.000 - €220.000).
RM’s biennial Monaco sale has quickly become one of Europe’s leading collector car auctions, with the very
best automobiles lining the principality’s famous Le Sporting venue. In keeping with the location and the
event’s timing during the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique weekend, motorsport greats are always a strong
feature of the sale. Highlighting this year’s catalogue are the previously announced 1951 Ferrari 340 America
Barchetta s/n 0116A (Est. expected to fetch approximately €7.500.000) and the road-going 1997 Porsche 911
GT1 Evolution (Est. €2.700.000 - €3.000.000), both of which have spectacular endurance racing provenance.
Newly announced for the sale is an incredible La Sarthe legend, the ex-Team Peugeot Total 2008 Peugeot
908 HDi FAP Le Mans Prototype, chassis no. 908-05. One of two chassis built for the 2008 season, the
featured Peugeot was driven to second place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year by Jacques Villeneuve,
Nicolas Minassian and Marc Gene, before winning the Petit Le Mans in 2009. Boasting a groundbreaking HDi
FAP clean-exhaust diesel-power V-12 engine, its upcoming sale provides serious collectors and historic
racing participants the opportunity to acquire one of the Le Mans prototype class’ most successful and
unique entrants (Est. €1.200.000 - €1.600.000).
As a prelude to the main auction on 14 May, RM will present the Quattroruote Collection during a separate
sale session earlier in the day. An eclectic group of 39 vehicles, including automobiles, motorcycles and
carriages, the Quattroruote Collection represents the carefully curated cars of one of the most famous names
in Italian motoring journalism, Gianni Mazzocchi, and his family. The founder of Quattroruote magazine, the
late Mr. Mazzocchi was an automobile enthusiast who appreciated fine engineering, eventually bringing
together his purchases in a museum at his publishing company headquarters in Milan. Reflecting the family’s
desire to tell the history of the automobile, the selection of cars on offer spans everything from a beautiful
Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet to a humble 1951 Fiat 500 C ‘Topolino’. Featuring coachwork by Gangloff, the
Bugatti T57 is an historically important car, having been the company demonstrator of Bugatti racing legend
Jean-Pierre Wimille, as well as one of the 11 late-production chassis produced in the autumn of 1938 as a
1939 model. Currently finished in cream and dark green, it remains in authentic order with its original engine
(Est. €500.000 – €600.000). The collection also features a rare 1930 Hispano-Suiza H6B Coupé Chauffeur, an
imposing pre-war car from the great Spanish company, well-known for its large and luxurious cars built for the
wealthiest of pre-war society (Est. €220.000 – €280.000).
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