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]
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or see the website, www.historics.co.uk. Entry by catalogue only, available prior to, or on the day of the auction.