Lot #40: 1963 250 GTO Recreation (Not Available)
A rare one-off customer build by the late Wayne Obry
- Incredibly authentic 250 GTO recreation - simply stunning throughout
- Build overseen by famed Ferrari expert Wayne Obry of Wisconsin
- Outstanding provenance; raced in HSR Group 5; excellent documentation
- Race-prepared and supported on track by Wayne Obry's Motion Products Inc.
- 400+ hp 4.5-litre V-12 by Rick Bundfeldt of Vintage Restorations; T-5 racing gearbox
- Body expertly constructed by Mark Gerisch using original GTO pattern
|Serial Number:||6433 GT|
Quite likely one of the finest and most authentic 250 GTO recreations in existence today. Built during the 1990s with construction supervised by Wayne Obry, the late Ferrari restoration expert, with alloy bodywork formed by expert fabricator Mark Gerisch. Original U.S.-delivered 'Series I' 330 GT 2+2 donor chassis and engine. Over 400 dyno-tested horsepower from 4.5-litre V-12 by Rick Bundfeldt of Vintage Restorations with incredible performance and thrilling soundtrack. Stunning throughout with provenance including highly respected and demanding former owners. History includes Wayne Obry/Motion Products Inc.-supported Group 5 HSR entries and a thick document file.
Specifications: 4.5-litre SOHC V-12 racing engine, six dual-choke Weber carburetors, 404.6 hp at 7,663 rpm, Tremec T-5 manual racing gearbox, independent front suspension with double wishbones, coil springs and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, radius arms and Watt linkage, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.4"
As one of the most coveted, revered and valuable race-bred automobiles in existence today, Ferrari's storied 250 GTO Berlinetta continues to carry a mystique transcending all other automobiles, including all but a handful of its own stablemates from Maranello. Originally conceived, built and FIA-homologated to contest the 3.0-litre GT World Manufacturer's Championship, the GTO at once marked the ultimate development of the brilliant 250 GT lineage and the end of an era as one of the last of the glorious front-engine sports/racing cars, which were becoming obsolete in the face of mid-engine competitors.
In testament to its tractability and tremendous performance, the GTO also represents one of the last true dual-purpose GT cars that were capable of being road-driven to an event, lightly prepared, raced to victory and then driven back home again. In one famous example, GTOs were driven from Brussels to Le Mans by Jacques Swaters' Ecurie Francorchamps in 1963 and one took a second-place podium at the grueling event. As later related by Mr. Swaters, the race-stained cars were even driven to Paris in traffic after the race and parked on the street while the team celebrated their achievement! Certainly, this would not be remotely possible today.
The GTO made its competition debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1962 with Ferrari's 1961 Le Mans-champion drivers Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien co-driving. Initially perturbed with being tasked to drive a GT-class car rather than a faster prototype, any doubts were silenced when they drove their GTO to first in class and second overall, finishing behind only Jo Bonnier and Lucien Bianchi in a Testa Rossa.
By the end of its front-line racing days in 1964, the GTO captured the World Manufacturer's Championship for Ferrari three years straight from 1962 to 1964, with both class and outright wins at the world's top events including Le Mans, Sebring, and the Tour de France. The GTO story is also inseparable from its creators at Ferrari, including renowned engineers Giotto Bizzarrini and Carlo Chiti. A "who's who" list of the era's best drivers piloted the GTO including Willy Mairesse, Michael Parkes, Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez, John Surtees, and many more. However, like many well-used racing cars, once they were replaced by newer, more advanced race cars, numerous 250 GTOs were used in amateur racing and as thrilling daily transportation for the well-heeled.
Just 36 250 GTOs were built by Ferrari and today, they are considered equivalent to priceless artworks. Market dynamics aside, the GTO continues to thrill drivers and enthusiasts with its absolute purity of design and purpose, representing the pinnacle of the automotive world. With demand far exceeding supply for decades, hard-core Ferrari driving enthusiasts and vintage racers have embraced proper recreations, with the best based upon V-12 Ferrari 250- and 330-series donor cars, which have only recently climbed in collector appreciation and market values.
Based on 1965 'Series I' Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 serial number 6433, an original left-hand drive, U.S. model delivered new to Luigi Chinetti Motors in Connecticut, this faithful and virtually impeccable 250 GTO recreation is quite likely the best in existence. Simply outstanding throughout, it was built during the early-to-mid 1990s by the best in the business with the project overseen by none other than the late Ferrari restoration 'guru' Wayne Obry and his renowned Motion Products Inc. out of Neenah, Wisconsin.
The stunning body was built by world-renowned metal fabricator and body-builder Mark Gerisch, formerly of M & L Auto Specialists in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, and now Director of The Academy of the Art of Metal Shaping. Importantly, during this car's construction, Mark enjoyed unrestricted access to an original and very early-production 1962 Series One GTO to make molds and take measurements for use in the build of this wonderfully accurate recreation. The 4.5-liter V-12 engine was built from the original donor engine by Rick Bundfeldt of Vintage Restorations and it was dynamometer-tested at 404.6 peak horsepower at 7,663 rpm. Backing the healthy V-12 is a Tremec T-5 five-speed racing gearbox and rolling stock includes a very rare and costly set of lightweight Magnesium racing wheels. The car's assembly and mechanical work was performed by Wayne Obry and Motion Products, who also maintained, modified, upgraded, and provided early racing preparation and track support for nearly 10 years - an almost unheard-of benefit for a very special car and client!
This spectacular Ferrari also carries outstanding and documented owner history, quite possibly as good as you can get in the classic Ferrari universe without the names "McQueen" or "Enzo" on it. Among them are Thomas Murphy of Wilmette near Chicago, Illinois, and Joe Barone of Pennsylvania, whose famous collection has included such classic Ferrari icons as the first 250 GTO ever produced, a 250 GT 'Tour de France' Berlinetta, and a 250 GT SWB Berlinetta. Raced in HSR Group 5, this outstanding GTO recreation was most recently displayed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where it created a sensation among the Ferrari faithful. A Pennsylvania title and a thick dossier of race history and work receipts accompany the Ferrari at auction and dozens of quality photographs document its painstaking construction process.
Given that only 36 original 250 GTOs were ever produced by Ferrari and most survivors are secured in long-term possession and rarely come to market, this fast and fabulous car offers an exceptional opportunity to savor an incredible experience that is known to only a select few lucky individuals. Once you slip behind the wheel of this authentic GTO recreation, your thoughts will turn only to the pure, unadulterated driving pleasure and performance that it delivers.
Auctioneers Note: This car is titled in a state in the USA as a 1965. The only thing that sets this car apart visually from an authentic version are the aluminum wheels, which the owner chose over period Borrani's wire wheels for racing safety. With the acquisition of Borrani wire wheels, the car would really be set off.
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