• Jun 4, 2007
click above image for our entire gallery showing the Vandenbrink 599 GTO

With three of the planned five copies already spoken for, Michiel van den Brink's GTO homage is going fast. And it's not just because of the Enzo-derived powerplant under its elegant bonnet. We just talked about this limited run of vehicles last week, but a new image surfaced that we thought we'd share. While still not an actual photo, when it comes to GTO-inspired art, we'll take anything we can get. No word yet on whether or not anybody popped for the full carbon fiber body instead of the handcrafted aluminum, but with a car designed to emulate an automotive icon like the GTO, aluminum seems somehow more appropriate. Designed by Vandenbrink Design, the cars are being built on the 599 GTB Fiorano platform by Hietbrink Coachbuilding in the Netherlands. Purists always scoff at vehicles that aren't officially sanctioned by the factory, but we'll side with Top Gear on this and admit that it's one of the most beautiful designs we've ever seen. As long as the workmanship is as good as the design, it's a winner to us, though we suspect the five lucky buyers don't need our validation or anything. The only important thing is that THEY like it, and we're pretty sure they will.

[Source: Vandenbrink Design via Autoblog.nl]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Has anyone seen anything else that these guys have done?

      http://www.refinedrogue.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      The first thing to come to me after seeing the three-port treatment....was that the Power Mac G4 already had FOUR!!!!

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cb/PowerMac_G4_MDD.jpg
      • 7 Years Ago
      New pic, still ugly and stupid.

      Can't believe someone would f* with a Ferrari like that, especially a 599 GTB.
      • 7 Years Ago
      well....

      That pic isn't much more. The headlight outline is slick, especially if it ends up looking like the headlights of the 430, even if it is four-beam stacked setup.

      The three D-shaped ducts look good, and maybe black will disguise the odd grille within a grille.

      Aside from that grille thing, this car is HOT, in a classic italian hand-built coachwork kind of way. The 599 can't even dream of looking so classically good looking. This is graceful, where the 599 is awkward looking. fix the grille issue on the Vandenbrink design, and it is golden.

      Similar, but a bit longer than the 8c Competizione. 250GTO styling cues, and a new Ferrari-sourced V12... official or unofficial, it is a hot ferrari.