Online Find of the Day: Luigi Chinetti's '69 Ferrari 365 GT Speciale cover girl

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If one name is synonymous with Ferrari in North America, it's surely Luigi Chinetti. The Italian-American was Maranello's first importer and dealer in the United States, and was also the founder of the North American Racing Team (NART) that campaigned Prancing Horses on American circuits. And in case that wasn't enough to prove his credentials, he also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans no less than three times.

Chinetti's considerable influence with Ferrari also led to a handful of road cars built to his specifications. The convertible version of the iconic 275 GTB/4, for example, was known as the NART Spyder. Chinetti also had a pair of these 365 GT Speciales built to his specifications by Carrozzeria Autosport of Modena, and one of them is now up for sale out of Seattle.

Given the 80s styling, we'd venture that the conversion was undertaken years after the vehicle's production. And while its coachwork may be divisive, it is consistent: one look at the NART's later 512 BB LM and you'll immediately see the family resemblance. Based on the 365 GT 2+2 (not to be confused with the Daytona that replaced it), it packs a 4.4-liter triple-carb V12 and independent suspension.

According to the seller, this unique example (chassis 12611 in red over black, as opposed to the second example in black over cream) was featured on the cover of the April 1989 issue of Automobile Magazine. Ferrari of Seattle is asking just under $300k, which may seem like a big chunk of change, but for such a rare example of American Ferrari history – one which sold for $314k in Tokyo way back in 1991 – this could worth it.

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