I am thrilled to offer for sale a simply exquisite Ferrari 250 GTO Evocation, finished in Ferrari Grigio Silverstone with Argento Stripe and a Connolly leather diamond quilted interior in Bordeaux.
The 250GTO (Grand Tourismo Omologato) requires little introduction, heralded both as a modern masterpiece of engineering to gain entry to the World Sportcar Championships of the era and as a result of the coachbuilders craft, also recognised the world over as a piece of alluring automotive artistry.
Innovations in drag reduction for Le Mans gave rise to the GTO’s sculptured long body lines with it’s instantly recognisable nostrils on the front fender, combined with angled air ducts behind front and rear tyres and completed at the rear with its’ sublime duck tail rear spoiler.
This incredible design is something to behold in the metal and is the reason that the car offered here for sale was born.
Chris Withers of GTB Restorations started work in the early 2000’s with just a matching numbers 1966 4.0Ltr V12 drivetrain from a Ferrari 330GT, (#7695GT) a team of British engineering artisans began to create as close a replica of the real thing as possible, so close that many owners of the original article have been pleasantly surprised to discover its history.
Mr. C.Withers brought on board the highly knowledgable Mr. Chris Lawrence, an engineer of much regard and vast experience in the field of GTO chassis and bodywork.
Chris Lawrence started work in 2002 on the handcrafted alloy bodywork and bespoke right hand drive chassis: worthy of note is that the chassis is crafted as an almost blueprint of an original Series1 250GTO chassis which was kindly loaned by its then keeper.
Sadly Mr. C.Lawrence passed away before the project was completed, so Mr. C.Withers with the help and knowledge of GTO Engineering supplying hard to source authentic parts, continued with the meticulous build until in 2009 this masterpiece of engineering was completed.
Highlights of the build:
- Matching numbers original V12 Ferrari engine drive train, 5 speed gearbox and rear axle (#7695GT)
- Authentic GTO specification outlet manifolds and exhaust system, featuring Snaps style chrome tips
- Suspension and Disc brake system was the renovated system and authentic parts from #7695GT
- Rear springs designed to authentic GTO specs.
- #7695GT 4.0 litre V12 was rebuilt as required before the original build was completed, being mindful of the originality of the engine but with new components as required.
- Dry Sump system built to authentic 250GTO specs by GTO Engineering.
- Alloy Oil & Fuel tanks handcrafted by Chris Lawrence, riveted and designed to authentic GTO specs.
- Quick release alloy fuel filler
- Borrani deep dish wire wheels with knock off spinners – spare included with tool roll
- 3 Nostril painted cover caps
- Veglia Dials across the authentic crinkle design dashboard
- 3 Spoke Nardi wood rimmed steering wheel
- Correct GTO style Plexiglass rear screen and door screens
Originally finished in traditional Rosso Corsa with a sparse racing interior, the car was refinished in 2013 in the colours presented today, genuine Ferrari paintwork on the exterior and with an exceptionally professional interior re-trim in full Connolly leather in Bordeaux finished with diamond quilt stitching and piped carpets. This car is not only breathtaking in its beauty but only the most knowledgable can distinguish #7695GT from the real McCoy.
Chris Withers at GTB Restorations has been exceptionally helpful with information and the car will be going to their facilities for a check over prior to sale. Currently showing 35,300
With the last known sale of an original 250GTO claimed to have achieved over £50,000,000 – this could perhaps be the perfect stable mate for a careful owner of one of the few left, or just a true Ferrari fan.