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Lot 456: 1964 Ferrari GTO Recreation

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

The Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the most sought-after and recognisable motor cars in the world. As the ultimate development of Ferrari's long line of 250 GT cars, following on from the Tour de France and short-wheelbase models, the GTO is a seminal design representing the apogee of the front engine GT car. In short, it is a legend in its own right. After its debut in 1962, it carried on from where the short-wheelbase left off; its competition successes during 1962, 1963 and into 1964 are almost too numerous to list, the highlights being GT class wins in all of the classic long distance events such as the Sebring 12 Hours, Targa Florio, Nurburgring 1000km, Le Mans 24 Hours, as well as outright victories in the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood and the Tour de France. Epitomising the racing car which could realistically be driven on the road to a race meeting, as many were, win its event against invariably the toughest opposition and be driven home, the GTO embodies superb engineering pedigree, is stunning to look at and wonderful to drive. All in all, there is not a great deal wrong with it other than the price, and as only 39 examples of the beautiful coupé were built, the GTO is as rare as it is desirable, ensuring that demand far outstrips supply. Inevitably, then, reproductions have been made, some better than others. This is just such an example. Thanks to the nature of the construction of GT Ferraris during the 1960s and the distinct family similarities between the models, it is possible to build a faithful GTO given an appropriate donor car.This particular example is one of those, based on a 1964 330GT, this matching numbers car has been painstakingly reconstructed to GTO specification over a five year period. The car was originally delivered new to Vandervell in Britain and was then exported to the America where it remained until 1991 when it was purchased by the current vendor and comprehensively rebuilt.Starting with the engine, the V12 type 209 motor has been converted to dry sump lubrication and fitted with 6 46 DCN down-draught Weber carburettors. The engine has just been freshly rebuilt by Ferrari specialist Terry Hoyle and has been converted to run on unleaded petrol and runs perfectly. The chassis is to the correct 88mm oval tube specification with Superleggera body mount construction, while the all aluminium body work was hand-rolled and reproduced off a body buck of an original GTO.Finished in the Swedish national colours of blue with a yellow nose, all headlights and side lights are correct along with the fuel filler cap, door latches and bonnet catches. Rear and side windows are Perspex with a Triplex front screen. Similar attention has been paid to the interior which is finished in black with blue racing bucket seats and four-point safety harnesses. The crackle black dash features a wood rimmed Nardi wheel, rev' counter, fuel gauge, fuel and oil pressure, oil and water temperature gauges with the speedometer mounted on the gearbox cowling. Other nice touches include hand-riveted aluminium petrol and oil tanks and Borrani wheels.BYT 3B is in very good condition and is supplied with all bills from the restoration and conversion, including the recent engine rebuild at Terry Hoyle, plus photographs. Proof of import by Maranello Concessionaires in 1964, a V5 registration document, a current MoT test certificate valid until July 2008, old MoT test certificates from 1997 and tax discs from 1998 are all present in the car's accompanying file. BYT 3B is stunning in all respects and is a thoroughly sorted car that will give the driver an insight into the legendary GTO.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number456
Estimate£110000-£135000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£109000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1964
Condition rating0
Registration numberBYT 3B
Mileage-
Chassis number6197
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