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In an yet another move to protect it's lost heritage, the Ferrari Classiche has re-built Steve McQueen's Ferrari 275 GTB4 and replaced the original Coupe version with an additional feature of added beaten steel panels.
Auto lovers all over the world believe the classic Ferraris are some of the rarest collections that pays dividends in the end. In a recent auctioning, a Ferrari 250 GTO sold for $35 million (Whereas the price of the same model in the early 1960s was $9,316) which is an evident of its enormous prices classic Ferraris can fetch to the owner or the auto maker.
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The Ferrari Classiche is located at Maranello, which is for authenticating and certifying classic Ferraris as original. It is an added advantage for the car owners when they come to sell. This is a best example to explain why some of the 3,300 classic Ferraris have been certified till to date as original.
The official sources in Ferrari confirm that when McQueen's Ferrari 275 GTB/4 was driven at Ferrari Classiche there was a huge problem. It was later revealed that at some time in the 1980s a previous owner had decided that he wanted the iconic car converting in to a Spider, which would mean Classiche certification would not be possible.
It may seem like sacrilege now, but in the 1980s a quick bit of work with a set of tin snips and an angle grinder could, to all intents and purposes, turn a 275 GTB4 in to a 275 GTB4 NART, the Spider version of the 275 GTB4 made especially for North America with only 10 ever built by Scaglietti.