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  1. GTE

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    Hi all,

    this is what I got so far on Steve McQueen's Ferrari's:

    275 GTS/4 NART Spyder s/n 10453, currently owned by Brandon Wang
    250 GT Lusso, s/n ???, currently owned by Michael Regalia
    365 GTS/4 NART Spyder Michelotti, s/n ???, currently owned by ???

    Who can fill in the blancs and add some (contemporary) pictures and other type of information that might be interesting on the subject?

    Did Steve own other Ferrari's?
     
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    This car was purchased from Luigi Chinetti on the floor of the NY Auto show in 1976(or so) by Alan Frank, of Pittsburgh, PA. Frank owned the car until 1999 or 2000 and sold it via Symbolic to (I believe) Jon Shirley.
    According to Dick Fritz(ex-Chinetti), it was one of two wrecked Daytona coupes that Chinetti had rebodied in Italy, and it was never actually owned by McQueen. Whether he owned the car in its original form as a coupe I do not know, it was sold as a new car by Modern Classic Motors in Reno, NV. At any rate, Chinetti always identified the car as being constructed for Steve McQueen, it might have been a bit of salesmanship on his part.
    The car had a reconstructed title and a plate in the engine compartment stating that it was a reconstructed vehicle. It was a Michelotti design done late in his career, clearly not one of his best.

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  6. Mark Shannon

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    Does not the NART Spyder now belong to Anthony Wang, not Brandon.

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  8. dretceterini

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    I'm sure it's an urban legand, but I have heard for years a story about McQueen purchasing a 275GTB at Hollywood Sports Cars, crashing it a few blocks away, and going back and buying another one!
     
  9. Mark Shannon

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    275 GTB/4 #10621 was alleged to have been owned new by McQueen. I have never seen any evidence of this.

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  10. El Wayne

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    The Lusso was chassis #4891.
     
  11. Marcel Massini

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    The Michelotti Daytona Spider which at one time was owned by Jon Shirley is S/N 14299 and not 14897. Completely different body.
    The Michelotti Daytona NART Spider #14897 ex-Alan I. W. Frank of Pittsburgh/PA went to Symbolic in August 1998 and is owned since many years by a collector in Asia but stored on the U.S. east coast. 14897 is the ex-Steve McQueen car.
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  13. Marcel Massini

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    It is ANTHONY W. WANG and not Brandon Wang. No relation at all.
    Anthony W. Wang is of Computer Associates.
    Brandon Wang is of DSG Holdings (Disposable Soft Goods Holdings), also known as pampers.
    10453 went in 1986 through Grand Prix SSR to Anthony W. Wang in Ronkonkoma/NY. It has flared fenders, rear spoiler and outside fuel filler cap.
    Marcel Massini
     
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    Thanks for the clarification, Marcel. I recall seeing the car when Frank owned it on the street in Pittsburgh. It looked like a TVR with Borrani wheels. UGH!

    BP
     
  15. GTE

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    I always get those two mixed up.

    Thanks for the information guys.

    Any pics on s/n 10453??
     
  16. Motob

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    One of our customers had a yellow 275GTB/4 Nart replica (cut car) that was supposedly a McQueen car. The story was that McQueen wrecked the original NART, wanted a new one, but Ferrari would not make any more. So he had a standard 275GTB/4 cut into a NART.
    Is there any truth to this. The car was sold to someone in the UK about 3 years ago.
    I checked and it was 10621.

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    Than the "urban legand" might actually be true? Is it actually possible That McQueen bought a 275 NART, crashed it, can't get another one, then buys a 275GTB/4 and cuts the roof off...
     
  18. GTE

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    So that would mean he wrecked 10453 shortly after he got it, then got 10621 and converted that to a NART Spyder? Well, McQueen wrecking a car doesn't seem intirely impossible.

    Barchetta.cc has 10621 as a red car with black interior. No mention of a respray, but indeed as a spyder conversion.

    Is there any known history of (serieus) damage on 10453?
     
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    I think I saw his Lusso at the peterson museum a couple of months ago.
     
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  23. GTE

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    Thanks a lot Anthony.

    Great pictures. Such a beautiful car. Love the color.
     
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  25. Mark Shannon

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    This car was converted to spyder by Straman for Bob Panella, the then owner, in 1980/81. I have seen the bill for this work. He also painted it yellow and trimmed it in brown leather.

    Since coming to the UK the car has been changed to silver with a red interior.

    Mark Shannon
     
  26. GTE

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    great stuff Malcolm! Thanks for posting.

    Are there really no pictures known of #10453?
     
  27. Tony Miller

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    Anton Krivanek (also on this board) and I drove past a gas station in Pacific Palisades back when, and glimpsed what appeared to be a wrecked dark blue NART in the station. As we had never seen even an intact one before, we went around the block to look at it.

    We were told that it was McQueen's car, that he had taken possession of it the previous day, and had taken it for a ride up Pacific Coast Highway. Returning to the Palisades, he stopped for a traffic light and was hit from behind by a truck, jamming the Ferrari forward into another car. It had been hit so hard that both doors were buckled outward -- there wasn't an undamaged panel on the car.

    About three years later, we saw the car perfectly restored at the Vista Del Mar Concours. It had been painted by Junior Conway, and the repairs were absolutely undetectable. It was perfect.
     
  28. Marcel Massini

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    Chassis #10453
    Scaglietti Steel Body #0202
    Original color dark blue (blu sera 106-A-18) with black interior (nero 8500)
    Factory invoice shows a surcharge for modification from a Berlinetta into a Spider. Sold new November 1967 through Hollywood Sports Cars to first owner and movie star Steve McQueen. He had already driven the first NART Spider built (#09437) in the movie "The Thomas Crown Affair". McQueen had 10453 repainted darkblue by Junior Conway's House of Color in Bell Gardens/CA, USA, and the interior was redone by Tony Nancy. Soon after the paint job McQueen's car was hit from behind by a truck, while being on Pacific Coast Highway. It then went back to Junior's for a repaint. McQueen had Junior raise the rear spoiler and flare the fenders and also fitted with an outside fuel filler cap. The car was then shown at the Vista del Mar Concours d’Elégance. In 1971 chassis# 10453 was sold to David Kopf of Tujunga/CA/USA and registered on plates "ZSW 815". In 1986 Kopf sold it through Grand Prix SSR of Long Island to Anthony W. Wang of New York City and Ronkonkoma/NY, registration on plates "NEP 630". September 29, 1996, shown at the Ferrari at Louis Vuitton Classic at the Rockefeller Center, New York/NY. 2006 still owned by Wang.
    Marcel Massini
     

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