• Aug 11th 2010 at 9:58AM
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1965 Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione – Click above for high-res images

Practical considerations aside, cost no object, if you could have any car ever made, what would it be? We'd bet that a large proportion of you would be thinking of the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO. Unfortunately, cost is an object for the vast majority of us. And considering how the iconic GTO is one of the most valuable, most sought-after classic sportscars ever made, the overwhelming likelihood is that most of us – make that practically all of us – could never stand a chance of owning one.

It's only natural, then, that there should be replicas made. Scratch that – "tributes." But if you're going to replicate a GTO, you're not going to start with an old Firebird as your underpinnings. You're going to start with another classic Ferrari. Just one not quite as valuable.

That's what the owner in that other video did. And that's what you're looking at here. This 1965 Ferrari 250 GTO "Evocazione" started its life as a Ferrari 330 GT, and in 1993 was sent to Italy to have its chassis modified before being fitted with painstakingly handmade aluminum bodywork in the UK. Attention was paid to every detail, down to the gauges and Borrani wire wheels. And now it's up for grabs, courtesy of newly inaugurated auction house Historics at Brooklands. Once it crosses the block there on September 25, it's expected to fetch around £240,000 ($377k) – which may seem like a fair chunk of change, but it's a far cry from the $18 million reportedly last fetched by the original.

[Source: Historics at Brooklands]
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Historics to auction stunning 250 GTO Evocazione

With originals something of a rarity and values continuing to sky-rocket, Historics at Brooklands is offering a beautifully executed recreation of a Ferrari 250 GTO - widely regarded as the greatest Ferrari of all time - for auction on Saturday 25th September, at a fraction of the cost of the real racer.

With the most recent high-profile sale of an original 250 GTO setting BBC Radio DJ Chris Evans back a reputed £12 million, the 1965 Ferrari 250 GTO Evocazione offered for sale by Historics, is expected to fetch a more manageable hammer price in the region of £240,000.

Based on an original, matching numbers, right hand drive Ferrari 330 GT, the car was purpose built to create an authentic copy of the only right hand drive 4.0 Litre five-speed 250 GTO, built by Ferrari to compete at Le Mans.

Completed in 1993, the chassis was shipped to Italy where it was shortened and converted to GTO specification, before a handmade aluminium body was painstakingly sculpted, and subsequently returned to the UK for fitting by Ferrari experts.

Demonstrating the quality of this painstaking project, the car features a number of correct GTO parts, as well as proving visually accurate thanks to an original 400mm GTO steering wheel, original style gauges and the correct 7" front and 8" rear Borrani wire wheels.

Designed as a tribute to the Le Mans racer, this Evocazione has also seen action on the track, achieving a number of wins and podium finishes at the hands of renowned historic racers, and remains ready to race in a number of events as well as being fully road registered.

For more information, and to attend the Historics at Brooklands auction on the afternoon of September 25th, call 0800 988 3838, e-mail: auctions@historics.co.uk, or see the website, www.historics.co.uk. Entry by catalogue only, available prior to, or on the day of the auction.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's an accurate replica, but even from the photos I can spot differences
        • 5 Years Ago
        The best replica out there is the one that Family Classic Cars has here: http://www.familyclassiccars.com/2009/12/22/1962-ferrari-250-gto/

        It was even raced in historical events and is so accurate that it took people 8 YEARS to figure out it was a replica. THAT is the one I would park in my garage.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's not in the slightest bit "accurate"! The body is poorly made, the interior is differently proportioned, the chassis has *completely* different suspension geometry (no watts linkage, etc.) and the engine is all wrong (though a few 330 GTOs were made, albeit with very different setups). Anybody who knows anything about vintage Ferraris would spot this as a fake inside of a 1/4 mile!

        So, really, what do you see as "accurate" about this other than the brand name?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It just looks weird. From the previously-mentioned too-upright A-pillar, to the stubby rear quarters, it's got epic fail written all over it. Not to mention a perfectly good 330 GT wasted. Even Sonny Crockett wouldn't drive it.

      The person or persons responsible for this abomination should be taken into the alley and beaten.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sad. One less classic ferrari in the world, one more knockoff rubbish on the road.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, it is a replica, but I would love to be able to drive that on the street and not worry so much about a stone chip or worse. I am willing to bet the expected auction price will not make anyone rich.
      • 5 Years Ago
      if the lines flowed like a GTO i could see it being worth it but it looks nowhere near as beautiful
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry, that should be "Taut" not taught.........
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jaguar D-Type
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw this picture the other day on another car site.......Looked a bit odd to me (then).......On closer examination it's got several flaws....Side door window is shaped wrong, the back fender kicks up (way too) too much and seem too short, the windshield is not shaped right, and the top as it meets the windshield is too high (and shaped wrong)........Just to name a few...........
      I've seen a 280ZX GTO (IIRC that was the underpinnings) bodied car at the Lakewood Yacht Club Concours several years ago and it did a better job at coping the famous design.....
      I might give them a couple of bucks for it but that's all......
      Poor 330 that gave it's soul to this miscarriage of automobiledom.........
      • 5 Years Ago
      This, the P3/P4 and the Daytona are some of my most admired Ferraris.

      Unfortunately, the sharp, angular, soulless product that comes out of Maranello over the last few decades hasn't appealed to me whatsoever.

      Still love the sounds of those prancing horses, just not the shells.
        • 5 Years Ago
        458 Italia says you're wrong, sir.
        • 5 Years Ago

        "458 Italia says you're wrong, sir."

        The 458 Italia says many things, but I don't see it contradicting my assertion.

        Somebody has to like it. I'm just glad it's not me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For almost $400k, I would STILL worry about chips, or wrecking it. And its not like anyone who sees you driving it would think it was real, no one drives an $18 million dollar classic on the road, even those who can afford them.

      It seems like for that kind of money you could have any number of real classics that would be just as joyful to drive, and not be replicas. Or, if you were so inclined, seems like you could literally build a properly proportioned tube chassis for your 250GTO replica for that price.
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