Vandenbrink 599 GTO will be built... but not by Ferrari
You may remember a post from a while back about about the Vandenbrink GTO, a coachbuilt Ferrari penned by the dutch design firm Vandenbrink Design and its steward, Michiel van den Brink. At the time, the car existed only in Photoshop, but showed a modern interpretation of the early-sixties Ferrari 250 GTO. We said then that Vandenbrink would consider producing the car if interest was there, and apparently some interested parties have stepped forward. Vandenbrink will be producing five 599 GTOs that will be built off of the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. Three have already been sold, so if you have obscene amounts of cash on hand and nothing to buy, get a move on. Though Vandenbrink Design is responsible for the car's lines, Hietbrink Coachbuilding in the Netherlands is being tasked with actually building the cars. Hietbrink, the owner, is reportedly an artist with aluminum, and will be creating a real car body out of Vandenbrink's design. Though aluminum is the planned material, Hietbrink says he'll consider carbon fiber if you want your car to be even more exclusive than the other four.
Ferrari aficionados are debating whether or not the "GTO" should be affixed to Vandenbrink's design, as any car wearing that badge has some big shoes to fill. It needs to be better than the 599 GTB on which it's based in every way. Also, at the moment, the car is not officially recognized by Maranello as a Ferrari. So for now, we can only refer to it as the 2008 Vandenbrink 599 GTO.
[Source: Vandenbrink Design via Supercars.net]
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