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However, since he had specified a car to be raced at Le Mans – and ‘15965’ now offered here had not actually begun the Grand Prix d’Endurance there as he had expected – he understandably did not pay Chinetti’s bill in full.In 1978, this unique Ferrari 365GTB/4 by Michelotti was entered by American Ferrari exponent Otto Zipper in the 1978 Daytona 24-Hour race, to be driven by Don Devendorf/Jeff Kline, with engine serviced by Bruno Borri in Los Angeles.He also worked as a consultant stylist for Allemano, Ghia and Bertone, while his most prolific work would be for the British company of Standard-Triumph, for whom he styled the Herald, Spitfire, GT6, TR4, 2000, 1300, Dolomite and the ingenious ‘Targa bar’ Stag 2-plus-2.Giovanni Michelotti was also responsible for the BMW car series which embraced the little 700 followed by the Munich company’s outstanding ‘New Car’ line culminating in their highly successful, and startlingly stylish, BMW 2002 sedan. The ex-North American Racing Team, Le Mans/Otto Zipper Daytona 24-Hours 1972/75 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione Spyder Coachwork by Michelotti Chassis no. In each case they had simply developed an individual taste for what they required to make an already special car – a great Ferrari – entirely unique. V-12 * Five-speed manual gearbox * One of four Michelotti Daytona Speciales made * Prepared by NART for Le Mans in 1975 * Finished in period race livery * Successfully raced at Le Mans Classic & Tour Auto * Eligible for a wide range of historic events Ferrari history is studded with a number of one-off custom-made cars assembled in defining form by or for wealthy and well-connected clients.Giovanni Michelotti went on to become one of the first of the great Italian stylists to provide designs to the emergent Japanese motor industry.From 1960 his company diversified into design work for a diverse range of alternative products, its talents being exercised upon everything from motor scooters to motor yachts, and even upon what the Italians engagingly describe as “elettrodomestici” – electric domestic machines.
He worked most especially for Carrozzeria Alfredo Vignale, and consequently the considerable number of now highly-prized early-1950s Vignale-bodied Ferraris actually wear Michelotti-styled bodywork.Three Michelotti ‘one-off’ Ferraris were constructed for Mr Chinetti’s North American Racing Team concern – NART – in 1974, 19.The first, in 1974, was a soft-top convertible destined for actor Steve Mc Queen which was displayed at that year’s Salone dell’Automobili at Turin – the Turin Show.NART had been commissioned by American Ferrari enthusiast Dan Ward, who was a wealthy client of Chinetti’s American importership, and Mr Chinetti had taken it straight to his friend Giovanni Michelotti, in Orbassano, Turin, Italy.The Studio Tecnico Carrozzerie Giovanni Michelotti, had been established there in 1951.