• Jun 24, 2007

When you read about gearhead guys -- like the kind who put two engines in an Integra -- it's like, "What else is new?" But when you read about gearhead gals, especially the kind who have created the car you see above, it's like, "Uh ... call me."

Michelle bought a 1977 280Z on eBay that had been turned into a Ferrari 250 GTO replica with an Alpha1 kit. She and her best friend Haley then turned it into a replica unlike any other. They changed every single body panel, made a lot of the cosmetic parts functional like the vents in the rear and the trap door on the nose, and fashioned completely new parts like the rear trunk. Deeper fabrication efforts include stretching the wheelbase, moving the firewall back, and making the car RHD so it's not like other American replicas. Then, not happy with the 5-speed V6, they grabbed a V12 lump from a BMW 850 CSI, made it dry sump and installed manual Dellorto throttles, then put it in the engine bay they revised for better balance and a lower center of gravity. They've done a lot more as well -- click the "Read" link to check out all the details and pics. If you want to know the way to an Autoblogger's heart, this is a great start.

[Source: Carscoop]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I think I'll pass on this one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Enzo is probably red-lining in his grave about now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ah the Ferrari GTO... 39 were built and only 3074 remain.

      --chuck

        • 7 Years Ago
        lmao, well said!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just a slight correction... the original engine would have been an inline 6, not a V6.

      Never-the-less, as a former Z owner who saw LOTS of V8 conversions (and was a little bored by them), I always wondered if a V12 would fit. Obviously the V part works, and length should be pretty close for a small displacement V12.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Really impressive stuff, but what's wrong with leaving it a 280Z?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The engine is not literally "from" a BMW xxx, it was initally ordered as a replacement but was never installed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The 280Z is a common donor car for the GTO conversion kits out there. I've seen some amazing examples that would give the authentics a run for their money...I've also seen some train wrecks.

        This one isn't bad I'd say, but obviously truly emulating the original was not one of their goals.

        On a side note: they should be thrown in jail for butchering a BMW 850 CSI!!!!

        ;-)
      • 7 Years Ago

      I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of replica kits. I even shun anything but the slightest modifications to any car. Cars are meant to be stock (at least in appearance).

      I do - however - understand why some people do this.

      The only part I don't understand at all. Why the hell convert it to RHD???

      They plan on driving in the UK?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Mounting a toilet bowl to the hood would make it even more unique...
        • 7 Years Ago
        The article indicates they did it to be unique, and personally, I'd do a double take if i saw what i thought was a kit car with rhd.