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Sunday, July 4, 2021

Have You ever knew this wierd-looking Ferrari Spyder Grintosa?

As a true automotive enthusiast, of course you know the figure of Luigi 'Coco' Chinetti Jr, an Italian-American automotive entrepreneur who brought a lot of great influence to the Prancing Horse brand's gait on American soil in the 1960s. As we know that Chinetti is famous in America through its racing team called NART (North American Racing Team) which uses various racing cars made by car manufacturers based in Maranello.
One of the weirdest ever Ferrari's car model, named the Ferrari 365 NART Spyder Grintosa. (Picture from: Conceptcarz)
He has an amazing understanding of what the American market wants, such in the mid-1960s, when he assumed spyder designs would become a trend in the American market.
Then he managed to convince 'Il Commendatore' Enzo Ferrari to make these cars to be marketed in America. We have also discussed previously some unique Ferrari cars are known to have a unique idea designs of Coco Chinetti Jr, such as the Ferrari 275 P2 Speciale, Ferrari 250 GT N.A.R.T. Spider by Fantuzzi.
The Ferrari 365 NART Spyder Grintosa's coachwork done by Carrozzeria Autosport di Bachelli & Villa and under commisoned of Luigi 'Coco' Chinetti Jr.. (Picture from: Supercars)
Now we will discuss another unique car called the Ferrari NART 365 Spyder Grintosa ('Grintosa,' an Italian word translates to 'aggressive in a sporting fashion') which is reportedly special commissioned of Coco Chinetti Jr. in 1969. The unique car built in the Maranello-based Ferrari's plant and was one of the 10 Ferrari NART 365 Spyder models ever made and built based on the Ferrari 365 GTC which is said to have adopted a very futuristic design at the time
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The Ferrari 365 NART Spyder Grintosa has a simple dashboard and built based on the Ferrari 365 GTC which is said to have adopted a very futuristic design at the time. (Picture from: GTPLanet)
Well, as a consequence, the chassis, engine and frame were taken from the 365 GTC, while the unique bodywork was done by a coachbuilder company in Bastiglia, Modena called Carrozzeria Autosport di Bachelli & Villa. As quoted of Conceptcarz that the design of these NART Spyder's is similar to the 512 BBLM models was built later in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
The Ferrari 365 NART Spyder Grintosa is powered by a Colombo SOHC 4,390 cc Tipo 245/C V-12 engine and combined with 3 Weber carburetors. (Picture from: GTPLanet)
As is known, that the Ferrari 365 series which is used as the basis of this one-off car first appeared in the late 1960s was powered by a Gioacchino Colombo's SOHC 4,390 cc Tipo 251/C V-12 engine and combined with 3 Weber carburetors so that it was able to spew power up to almost 300 hp. As for the front and rear suspension, most of this series uses an independent suspension equipped with double wishbones and coil springs.

And the famous car model from this series is the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 which was launched as the replecement of the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 at the 1968 Paris Auto Show. The car designed by Leonardo Fioravanti of Pininfarina and given a nickname as 'Daytona' by the media and automotive enthusiasts to comemmorate Ferrari's success dominated the winning podiums 1, 2 and 3 at the 1967 Daytona 24-Hours.
The Ferrari 365 NART Spyder Grintosa has unusual features such as the nose/headlights, side vents, and a weird rear tire cover. (Picture from: Supercars)
The Ferrari NART 365 Spyder Grintosa has the chassis number #12611 was made for only one example, and is said to be an unattractive model among automotive enthusiasts (perhaps until now) because of its unusual shape and coud be said as the weird ones ever used on the prancing horse species. As you can see from the very front which includes the nose/headlights, side vents, and a weird rear tire cover, maybe the car is the only Ferrari model that uses such a style.
The Ferrari 365 NART Spyder Grintosa and other 365 NART Spyder models built based on this Ferrari 365 GTC. (Picture from: TopCarRating)
Sorry, we couldn't find any video about the Ferrari 365 NART Spyder Grintosa model, the following video is about its donor Ferrari 365 GTC.
As quoted of Conceptcarz, it was last known that the Ferrari NART 365 Spyder Grintosa had been treated with a restoration carried out by Autosport in Modena, Italy, under the Ferrari Authorized Customer Service Center, and had been seen at several world-famous automotive events such as the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance some time ago. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CONCEPTCARZ | SUPERCARS | THECAREXPERIENCE | GTPLANET | CLASSICDRIVER ]
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