Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 15th-17th at Russo and Steele''s 13th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.The Ferrari 275 GTBLaunched at the October 1964 Paris Auto Salon, the Ferrari 275 GTB debuted alongside the open 275 GTS and both replaced the long-running 250 GT series. The 275 also marks a highly important evolution at Ferrari as the marque’s first road cars equipped with fully-independent suspension and a rear-mounted transaxle delivering outstanding race-bred handling. The larger V-12 engine, internally designated Tipo 213, was enlarged to 3,286 cc, with each cylinder displacing 275 cubic centimeters. With its beautiful yet aggressive bodylines designed by Pininfarina and bodied by Scaglietti, the sexy 275 GTB ranks among the most desirable Ferrari models of all time. N.A.R.T. Spider Ferrari buyers have long ranked among the most demanding of their cars and while legendary American Ferrari distributor Luigi Chinetti certainly admired the new 275 GTB, he was less than impressed with the conservatively styled open GTS model. Accordingly, following discussions with Enzo Ferrari and the Scaglietti coachworks, Chinetti commissioned the achingly beautiful open version of the 275 GTB, known as the “N.A.R.T. Spider,” so-named after his famous North American Racing Team. As many as 25 examples were envisioned, but ultimately just 10 were built, with the visual and performance appeal of Chinetti’s inspired creation drawing strong demand among Ferrari connoisseurs that continues even stronger today. According to Ferrari experts, 15 original 275 Berlinettas were converted by custom coachbuilders to N.A.R.T. Spider form. S/N 08039 This outstanding example, numbered 08039, is an original 275 GTB that was completed in April 1966. A highly desirable long-nose, “Interim” driveshaft model, it was an original left-hand drive, two-cam, triple-carburetor model and delivered via official French Ferrari distributor Franco-Brittanic Autos when new to its first owner in France. Of course, 8039 GT is listed in the second edition of Hilary A. Raab’s "Ferrari Serial Numbers Part I.” During the late-1960s/early-1970s, the 275 was under the ownership of a French singing star that had suffered an accident with it on the Riviera and sent the car back to Italy for conversion to alloy-bodied N.A.R.T. Spider form. In September 1975, David Jamison imported 8039 GT to Atlanta from Switzerland by air. In 1979, 8039 GT was sold by Mr. Jamison to fellow Atlanta resident Tom Blakely. In 1984, the 8039 GT was sold to Japan and then in 1992, it was offered for sale in the Ferrari Market Letter by Toshio Ozaki of Osaka, Japan. It was described at the time as being finished in Yellow with Black leather, Borrani wire wheels, and having been recently restored to concours condition with 60,000 miles. During the late-1990s/early-2000s, the engine was rebuilt and the car remained in Japan until April 2007, when it was imported to the USA and then sold to the current owner that September. At the time, mileage was documented at 68,000. Recently, the 275 received a complete professional service including the brakes, plus attention to the leather upholstery, with a fully-detailed invoice on file confirming the works performed. Retaining its matching numbers engine, offered complete with import and title paperwork, and simply beautiful in presentation with excellent care and storage clearly evident, this highly desirable N.A.R.T. Spider conversion is both a wonderful example of the legendary Ferrari 275 and a testament to its coachbuilder’s artistry, in the most highly desirable open-air form.