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Zagato Ferrari 3000 Convertible #10659 1974
Zagato Ferrari 3000 Convertible #10659 1974
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This one-off Ferrari by Zagato started life in 1967 as a 330 GTC Coupe with chassis number 10659 and was first delivered to Luigi Chinetti Motors, Inc. USA. The first private owner was a Mr. Gerard L. Buhrman.

After changing owners a few times the car returned to Chinetti who shipped the car to Zagato to have a custom body designed in 1974. The new body was designed by Giuseppe Mittino, Zagato's designer of the time, but the actual coachwork was constructed by Carrozzeria Marazzi, at Caronno Pertusella.

Zagato's tenth car based on a Ferrari chassis was inspired by the 3Z Spider, also designed by Giuseppe Mittino, albeit with significant changes. The car was called '3000 Convertible'. A rather confusing name, because the car is more like a coupe with a 'targa' type removable rigid roof panel. The tail was higher and heavier and did not slope down as much as it did on the blue 3Z Spyder version. The front headlights were visible, but veiled with a darkened plexiglas cover that was rectangular and flush with the body. The rear light clusters were also modified and recessed in smaller niches than before. Upon completion the car was displayed at the '74 Geneva Car Show.

The catastrophic Oil Crisis in the mid Seventies started the inevitable decline of this type of personal luxury item and the 330 Convertible was the only one of its type.

The first owner after the rebody became Robert Kennedy, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The car moved from one owner to another a few times and eventually, in 1992, she ended up in the collection of Mr. Edgar J. Schermerhorn in Holland. After 17 years of ownership, Mr. Schermerhorn decided to part from his entire collection of coachbuilt cars and the Zagato 3000 Convertible was put up for auction by RM Auctions. The estimate was £120,000.- to £180,000.- and there was no reserve. The car sold at a price of £101,750.- / 114,385.- Euros / 170,869.- USD.



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