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This Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S Spider Is One Of Ten

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5 years ago

excellent video, excellent scenery, excellent direction-photography and what a car!!!
Look – for example – the detail (curve) on the door handle and the position of the handle itself on the door!!!

Hell Toupee
Hell Toupee(@hell-toupee)
8 years ago

Someone else posted your video on youtube here.

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia(@afshinb)
8 years ago
Reply to  Hell Toupee

Thank you for reporting that! We just filed a take-down notice with YouTube.

Randy Hartmann
Randy Hartmann(@m5zealot)
8 years ago

The car finally sold for a nice sum! Those lucky charities are getting a large unfusion of cash!

8 years ago
Reply to  Randy Hartmann

Here’s the auction page – the estimated range was $14-$17M. Finally selling at $27.5M, it sure beat that by a “mille”…

Joe Golliher
Joe Golliher(@jgolliher)
8 years ago

As usual – fantastic car, story, music, sound and interview. Petrolicious – please send my thanks to the team creating your videos. They mix the art of videography, story-telling and cars at a level that no one else even begins to approach. The music, editing, cinematography, pace – they are perfect! True artisans…keep up the great work!

Yanick Kuper
Yanick Kuper(@yanick-kuper)
8 years ago

Many thanks for your tasteful productions Petrolicious! Also, will this partnership with RM become a regular thing?

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia(@afshinb)
8 years ago
Reply to  Yanick Kuper

Thank you Yanick! I think you can look forward to some more collaboration with RM in the future.

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson(@valvebounce)
8 years ago
Reply to  Afshin Behnia

Not too many I hope. I know you have to make some money and get some sponsorship but you will loose something if you go too far down that route.

The passion and struggle that most owners go through is often what makes your films special and is usually more interesting than cars and their heritage. RM Auctions may deal with some top flight cars but I think you’ll have your work cut out trying to make really special films when you just have a cars history removed from the owners everyday ownership experience.

Please let enthusiasts get a look in as well as the big money collectors.

A film about a car and why

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia(@afshinb)
8 years ago
Reply to  Paul Thompson

Good points, Paul – all issues we’re very aware of and sensitive to. We won’t stop making videos on passionate enthusiasts regardless of the value of their pride and joy.

Creating equally tasteful videos for clients presents interesting challenges that we welcome as it requires us to be even more creative. We all take great care not to dilute what Petrolicious has become known for.

Ryan McWaters
Ryan McWaters(@rychelle)
8 years ago

The true gift and legacy of Eddie Sr. is the manner in which he lived every day – as for his grown son to not recall him EVER having a bad day says something very special of the way in which this man lived, consistently so. He is one of the very few I have ever known of who demonstrated a contentness and value for his life that was ‘not for sale’. Not at any price. This to me is a greater legacy to humanity then ‘any’ amount given to charity, as true inspiration is priceless in my book.

It is a shame that such a car, having been appreciated and ‘driven’ by such a man is now, in reality, destined to never be driven on the road again, in the ‘collection’ of someone who no doubt ‘has’ sold out for fame and fortune. If I could raise the millions needed to buy this car and drive it for the rest of my own days I would. If only…

Zeki Uzunoglu
Zeki Uzunoglu(@zekdafied)
8 years ago
Reply to  Ryan McWaters

I actually agree with you. This vehicle seems too special and sentimental to sell for any reason. I assume they have enough money to donate in other ways or set up foundations that would not include selling the Ferrari. It’s a shame, but either way, if it’s what everyone wants, than it will be a good thing. Wonderful video!

Erwan Brillot
Erwan Brillot(@starskeye)
8 years ago

What a sound track this car is!

Paul Steel
Paul Steel(@steely)
8 years ago

Anther great video and wonderful story, big respect to the family for selling it to benefit charity.

Fraser Wright
Fraser Wright(@fb_672759427)
8 years ago

Looks wise it makes me love the Lusso even more. The bit that chafes is that his Dad drove the car, used it, refused offers for it, even by American royalty ‘Steve McQueen’ – So it wasn’t about the money. But now that Eddie Jr doesn’t drive it and in his eyes it has been imprisoned in the garage, even free of the pressure of buying the car himself with his own $15mil. He thinks that magically by the power of Auction he will find all the things. This new buyer will drive it regularly, refuse offers to sell it, get others interested because even though they have paid all this money they don’t see it as an asset or commodity. Why not find someone who loves driving and give it to them knowing they will drive it- as it isn’t about the money.

Gianni Burrows
Gianni Burrows(@giannib)
8 years ago
Reply to  Fraser Wright

Yeah, I hope the new owner really does release it from its prison and drives it and doesn’t lock it in another one.

Josh Clason
Josh Clason(@joshclason)
8 years ago
Reply to  Gianni Burrows

I think it is more about how many people selling it will benefit. Everything from the auction will benefit numerous people whereas giving it someone will benefit far fewer people.

Fraser Wright
Fraser Wright(@fb_672759427)
8 years ago
Reply to  Josh Clason

If you Auction something you seperate any interaction with the buyers or new owners. As it isn’t you selling it, it’s the guy with the gavel. Asking a bunch of strangers who wants to pay the most – nothing else. The transaction equivilant of an arranged marriage.
I don’t care if they want to hand out $20 bills at their local hospital or build a touchdown Jesus with the money they get from it. What ever makes them happy. But what made this so interesting about your movie Josh is like Chad McQueen, the emmotion and stories about the material objects from their father are from the 3rd person.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange(@365daytonafan)
8 years ago
Reply to  Fraser Wright

If this was an average auction then I would agree with you. However it does clearly state on RM’s website that any bidders for the 275 must specifically register 48 hours in advance of the auction so the list of buyers will clearly be known to them and one would assume Mr Smith. More to the point if RM are doing their job properly (and considering their reputation they are) they will have been busy arranging private viewings of the car to buyers and possibly introduced them to Mr Smith if that is what the parties want? Of course this is no guarantee that the car won’t still end up disappearing into a private collection but I suspect the buyer will not be anonymous like you assume.

Xander Cesari
Xander Cesari(@xander18)
8 years ago
Reply to  Fraser Wright

I have to agree with Matthew Lange. An RM auction isn’t like your local cattle and equipment auction. It’s a community in and of itself. I’ve been to a few high end auctions and I have little doubt that this car will go to someone who’ll love it.

Austin Ilg
Austin Ilg(@mountainruler10)
8 years ago

All I have to say is thank you. These cars are so few and far between its rare to see one drive and rare to hear the beautiful story that goes with it. Thank you to the family for choosing to share their special car and special story with the world through this wonderfully crafted video.

8 years ago

It’s not hard to fall in love with her! I feel a little sad but I know the money will hopefully benefit many as well.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange(@365daytonafan)
8 years ago

The 275 NART Spyder is my absolute favourite convertible, and I would love to be amongst the bidders at Monterey in August. Unfortunately I don’t have close to the $15m that many people say this car will realise. There will be a very happy charity (or charities) afterwards that’s for sure.

Rolf Skala
Rolf Skala(@speedstick)
8 years ago

Beautiful design – but the clincher for me on the video was the interview, the insights, the passion and love…fascinating history, people and insights…more of this…the video inspired me to go to to my storage this w/e and dig out my restored Alfa Duetto – it’s there to be driven or just give it away…

andrea caldera
andrea caldera(@andre)
8 years ago

love the video, love the car!!!