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GTO London – The Purveyor of Exclusive Gentlemen’s Accessories ... found your Xmas present ?


A bonus for those who attended the RM Auctions in London in October 2010 and 2011, was the opportunity to see GTO London’s attractive display of their exclusive range of gentlemen’s accessories. The displays were mainly housed in the modified front and rear sections of a Ferrari 330 GT and GTC, which were complete with operational front and rear lights. The displays, within the engine bay and boot sections respectively, were softly illuminated beneath Perspex covers, and had inbuilt red leather sofas where clients could discuss the range in comfort. Adjacent were equally innovative display features, vertically mounted rotating crankshafts, with smaller items displayed on con rod mounted platforms from the main crankshaft planes.

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So, who is or are GTO London? Most people in Ferrari circles, and beyond, are familiar with GTO Engineering, the renowned long time preparation, repair and restoration business, based near Maidenhead in Berkshire. This is the parent company to GTO London, which is run by Victoria Lyon, daughter of GTO Engineering founder Mark Lyon. Following in the footsteps of her father’s company, the attention to detail and precise engineering is fully apparent in the range of exquisite offerings. The subsidiary company was founded just over a year ago, with the aim of providing an exclusive and ever expanding range of luxury accessories, reflecting many of the components that are the core business of the parent company.

Thus the items in the jewellery range mirror items like steering wheels, connecting rods, knock-off wheel spinners, carburettor intake trumpets, gear shift gates, ignition switches and tyre tread patterns in miniature. The majority of the beautifully sculpted and detailed items are available as tie pins, cuff links and key fobs, in a range of precious or semi-precious metals, and some use original Ferrari metal (RFM) in their construction. There is also a wide range of crafted leather wallets, which feature various seat squab designs found on Ferrari models during the sixties and seventies, which are available in a choice of colours, all with a sterling silver steering wheel emblem. A new addition to the range in the summer, were the Bluebird sterling silver cufflinks, to celebrate the centenary of the launch of the first Bluebird world speed record car by Sir Malcolm Campbell. The name Campbell became synonymous with speed record attempts through both Sir Malcolm, and his son Donald, and this tribute is endorsed by the Campbell family.

A bespoke design and build service is also available for clients wanting a truly personal and unique item or series, where the customer can have their own input into the style, shape, structure and material of the object, through close liaison with the GTO London design team. The full range of available items with prices plus contact and delivery details can be found at www.gtolondon.com

Keith Bluemel