RM Sotheby’s will offer the last Ferrari 275 GTS/NART Spider at this year’s Monaco auction, where it’s estimated to sell for €19-23m
RM Sotheby’s lineup of cars at this year’s the Monaco auction is once again looking like it could be the most impressive yet, with confirmation that the auction house will offer the last ever Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider. The historically significant car is currently estimated at €19,000,000-€23,000,000. Set to take place on 14 May, the RM auction will coincide with the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique weekend, with around 100 vehicles set to go under the hammer.
The story of the NART Spider is not an uncommon one. US Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti was known for racing the Italian thoroughbreds under the North American Racing Team tag, and he asked Enzo to create this special model to sell exclusively in the USA. Combining the best qualities of more aggressive 275 GTB/4 with the top-down joys of the 330 GTS resulted in the Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spider, of which just ten were built.
Despite the fact that the NART Spider was built purely for the US market, this example was actually sold new to a European customer in Spain, a Spanish Colonel of the Foreign Legion, originally finished in Grigio Scuro. Chassis no. 11057 was also the last of the NART Spiders to roll off the production line.
Although it was actually registered on Spanish Sahara license plates, it’s not known whether or not the car ever ventured to North Africa or not. A few years later, 11057 was sold to José Segimon of Madrid, an owner of many racing Ferraris, who occasionally used the car on track. It then passed to an owner in the UK, followed by a Swiss collector, who often showed it in various concours events over the 12 years in his possession. The car has since passed through the hands of various international collectors.
Having changed colour a number of times throughout the years, it is today offered in dark metallic red, a colour that it has worn since 2001. The car was awarded Ferrari Classiche certification in 2007, confirming its provenance and fully-matching numbers status.
There are a number of other highlights at the auction, including no fewer than 20 other Ferraris. A 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet is among the other top-end offerings; being one of just four Vignale-bodied examples, it’s estimated to sell for €1,250,000-€1,500,000. Also attracting a serious amount of attention is the 1951 Ferrari 340 America Barchetta, expected to fetch approximately €7,500,000.
Take a look at all of the cars currently on offer at RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction