The New York Times' Wheels blog has a really interesting story on a pair of Ferraris that are set to be auctioned off in Monterey during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. While the two cars are similar on the surface, their differing histories and Ferrari's attitude towards one of them has led to a sort of experimental auction process.

On the one hand, we have one of ten 1967 275 GTB/4 NART Spiders, in the classic Rosso Corsa and appearing at RM Auctions and seen above. On the other, we have a Fly Yellow version that started life as a 1965 275 GTB Coupe, and was converted into a NART Spider. Called a "cut" car, this particular replica is one of about 100 GTB Coupes that were converted into convertibles to satiate the climbing demand for ultra-rare Spiders.

This will mark one of the first times that an original NART Spider will go toe to toe with a replica of itself at auction, and will answer a number of questions about just how important provenance is in the collector car world. Head on over to The Times blog for the full story.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Smooth Motor
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think any modification to a high end vintage car like a Ferrari is ultimately a mistake. Originality is where the money is at and I would stay the course instead of moving with any short term trend in the market.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The classic Ferrari market has already dealt with a very similar situation in the case of the Daytona Spyder. There are roughly 125 production Spyders, and some smaller number of "cut" cars. IIRC, the cut cars fetch more than the coupes, but less than the factory Spyders. At the end of the day, they're all still Ferraris, and provided that the conversion quality is good, someone will buy them.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Calling the converted coupe a "replica" seems a little derogatory - both cars were coachbuilt, just one was built by the "official" coachbuilder, while the other one was not. But for collectors, provenance is everything so I understand the difference in price. Personally, I wouldn't care; If they're mechanically original Ferrari's they're going to drive the same and that's what really matters. But that's why I wouldn't ever "collect" cars either - I'm much more interested in driving them.
      • 2 Years Ago
      It could depend on who cuts the car. Suppose someone sent their coupe back to Ferrari to have it turned into a Spyder? I agree with the is what it is.
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