JUL 08th 2014

Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 'Navarro Special': Ultimate chic, or golden error?

One doesn’t need to look that far into the history of Italian cars to learn that in terms of style, they don’t always get it right. To illustrate the point, let us challenge you with this Drogo-bodied 300GT 2+2 which will be auctioned-off at Pebble Beach in August by Gooding & Company.

The story goes that a chap called Norbert Navarro didn’t care for the factory styling of the 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, so he simply drew-up a shape himself and asked Carrozzeria Sports Cars (Drogo’s panel shop) to make it a reality. The Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 ‘Navarro Special’ was born. That Mr Navarro was a nightclub owner might explain its rather ‘look at me’ appearance which is nothing if not controversial. How Drogo himself felt about it we’ll never know, but at the end of the day work is work, and Carrozzeria probably wasn’t big enough to turn it down even if it had baulked at the odd proportions and massive rear overhang.

Known as the ‘Golden Car’ it clearly appealed to the storied American Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti, who acquired the car from Navarro and imported it to the States where it apparently didn’t struggle to find a succession of owners before eventually being restored to the impressive state you see it in here.

Showing pictures of the car to various members of Goodwood Road & Racing, it appears that none of us feels the same temptation to own it as did Mr Chinetti’s customers. But if you could see yourself cutting a dash in it then head to Pebble Beach on the 16th and 17th August and bring between $400,000 and $600,000 with you. We’ll pass …

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