Custom 1-Off Retro Ferrari 250 GTE is a Salute to Michelotti
- This stunning coachbuilding project is a tribute to legendary Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.
Recently, Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) stunned the automotive world with the unveiling of the Limited-Edition Monza SP1 and SP2 speedsters inspired by iconic Ferrari race cars from the 1950’s like the 250 Testa Rossa.
The car featured here is also a nod to the Italian automaker’s past, but it wasn’t built by Ferrari.
The Ferrari 330GT Speciale, a stunning coachbuilding project by restoration firm The Creative Workshop that’s 50 years in the making. Based on a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 chassis, it was commissioned by Jose Fernandez who wanted to pay tribute to legendary automotive designer Giovanni Michelotti.
Mr. Fernandez’s vision for the project dates back to the 1960’s when he picked up a copy of the Ferrari Handbook at a bookshop in Mexico City and a photo of a Type 250 Europa Sports Coupe with a Vignale body caught his eye.
He smitten, and he made a balsa wood model of it in 1 night. He then gathered more information and photos of the car from Cavallino and Road & Track to revise his model.
But, he was not happy with some of the details and decided to make the car wider and added a trunk while still respecting Michelotti’s original design. Fast forward to the 2000’s, a larger version of Mr. Fernandez’s re-imagined design was made using foam and plastic.
Then Mr. Fernandez acquired a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 in Y 2004 and started the project to transform it into the car he 1st envisioned in the 1960’s. The project stalled in the 2000’s until The Creative Workshop began rebuilding the car in Y 2015 from the original chassis. The body was rebuilt by hand using aluminium, and the 4.0-liter V12 engine has been modified to deliver 296 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque.
Now 3 years later, the Ferrari 330GT Speciale is finally finished and Mr. Fernandez is now the proud owner of one of the most unique Ferraris in the world.
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