If I personally would have had the imaginary choice of picking one car from the
Concours field to keep it for myself, noted Ferrari-collector Jon Shirley would be
missing one of his cars right now: His extraordinary, fantastic and unique 375 MM
Berlinetta Speciale Scaglietti s/n 0402AM is probably not only my dreamcar. The
silvergrey racecar with the one-off body designed for the use on the road by
Umberto Rossellini had slumbered in France for decades until Shirley bought the
car and had it restored to perfection. Since then, it has proven as crowd-stopper at
Not THAT rare, but still rare is the 410 Superamerica Coupé Pininfarina Series III
of Luigi Chinetti, Jr. The son of the famous late Ferrari-importer and –racer had
just added this beautiful original car to his collection.
In the 1960’s, there were still small series of hand-made Ferrari automobiles built
to the specifications of the customers. The successor to the 410 SA in this
tradition was the 400 Superamerica, two of which were present at Palm Beach:
Firstly, Oscar Davis’ unique Cabriolet by Pininfarina, s/n 1611SA, which looks
simply fantastic in its dark green livery with an all-red leather interior. This beautiful
convertible had been featured in "Cavallino" recently, and according to
Ferrari-historian Alan Boe it is known as the "water melon" due to its paint
scheme. The second 400 SA on show was a Coupé Aerodinamico by Pininfarina,
s/n 4279SA of Jack Thomas from Missouri that is preserved in a nice original
The 400 SA was followed by the 500 Superfast – of which none was present
during the Classic VIII – and the last tipo produced in a mini-series was the
luxurious 365 California. One of these huge, but elegant Ferrari convertibles could
be admired on The Breakers’ lawn: s/n 09849 of Bill Kontes.
To a European Ferrarista, seeing a genuine 275 GTB/S4 NART Spyder is a pretty
rare event – made possible at the Cavallino Classic: E. C. "Eddie" Smith showed
up with his s/n 10709. The car’s color has changed several times since 1967
(originally metallic blue, it is simply red today), but the owner has not!
Other specialties included the first 250 GT SWB Berlinetta ever made, s/n 1539GT
of Mexican owner Lorenzo Zambrano, and two LWB California Spyders of Richard
Sirota (covered headlights) and Peter Kalikow (open headlights).