1964 Ferrari GTO RecreationSOLD
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Estimate: £110,000-135,000

Sold: £109,000

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 5 year period. The car was originally delivered new to the UK to Vandervell and was then exported to the US 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 carbs. The engine has just been freshly rebuilt by Ferrari specialist Terry Hoyle and has been converted to run on un-leaded petrol and runs perfectly.

The chassis is the correct 88mm oval tube chassis with Superleggera body mount construction.

The all aluminium body work was hand rolled and reproduced off a body buck of an original GTO. The body is 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 sketchly blue race bucket seats and 4-point 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 Speedo mounted on the gearbox cowling. Other nice touches include a hand riveted aluminium petrol tank and oil tank and Borrani wheels fitted at each corner.

BYT 3B is in very good condition and is supplied with all bills from the restoration and conversion including photographs and the recent engine rebuild at Terry Hoyle. Proof of import by Maranello Concessionaires in 1964, a V5 document, a current MoT certificate valid until July 2008, old MoT certificates from 1997 and tax discs from 1998 are all present in the cars 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.

Reference Number 10889

as of 7/5/2007

Car 1964 Ferrari GTO Recreation
VIN 6197