• Aug 12th 2010 at 6:59PM
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Moal Coachbuilders Gatto – Click above for high-res image gallery

Moal Coachbuilders, the shop that brought us the likes of Tim Allen's one-time Licorice Streak Special, showed up in Monterey with not only that Tool Time-worthy hot rod, but also its new Gatto retro sports car. The bright blue coupe reminds us of something in the vein of an Aston Martin DB4 GT or a Maserati A6 GCS. It's a beautiful shape that looks like it just stepped out of a ten year restoration... but it's brand new. Well, most of it is.

Under the hood resides a very special V12 engine – a 300-horsepower V12 derived from a Ferrari 250 GTO. Don't ask us how that came about, all we know is that the car was created for a wealthy California investment manager, and was built to his specifications. Besides that lustful engine under the bonnet, the Gatto also features a hand-built monocoque chassis, aluminum panels crimped directly onto the subframe to save weight, a Tremac five-speed gearbox, custom Borrani wheels, custom-fitted leather seats and straightforward analog gauges. One of the only modern touches is air conditioning.

It's a gorgeous car, but the funny thing is, we almost walked right past it, thinking it was another of Bonham's auction items or something. That's the nature of McCall's Motorworks Revival – so many great cars that sometimes things get lost in the shuffle. Thankfully not this time. Too bad we couldn't get anybody to open the hood... Click below to see our high-res image gallery.

Photos Copyright ©2010 Frank Filipponio / AOL

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      • 5 Years Ago
      lots of zagato in this, me likey!
      • 5 Years Ago
      In the gatto....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Paul: Thx for the tip....will wade around looking....I've got a friend who judges old Ferraris at Pebble and a couple other shows and I expect he'll have a few opinions and photos about the car.....that said, after watching the 458 Challenge on the home test track, I'm thinking you'd really have to want the 'gas station stroke-job' to spend more than 300K on any Ferrari, new or used....OTH: the guy who commissioned the blue car likely can afford both.....Bruce
      • 5 Years Ago
      Such a gorgeous color of blue.

      fantastic workmanship, there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Beautifully done, like to see the engine.....strange they broomed the original transmission since the shifting and matching gears is the best thing about driving old Ferraris.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's a few great shots of this somewhere on Ferrarichat from a year back or so. At the time it was bare aluminum with lots of views of the inner detailing and engine bay. Search it out if you're interested.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "the car was created for a wealthy California investment manager"

      Damn it feels good to be a bankster....

      In all seriousness, beautiful job.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Moal Coachbuilders, USA's best custom builder, no doubt all other suck.
      they only use moped simple engines, knowledge ends there for them
      • 5 Years Ago
      "It's a gorgeous car". An understatement of the year!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It appears to be styled to mimic a late-model 250 TR that has had a roof created for it. I approve.
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