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|Ferrari 250 GTO by Allegretti|
Coys of Kensington
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|The Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the most sought-after and recognisable motor cars in the world. As the ultimate development of Ferrari's long line of 250 GT cars, following on from the Tour de France and short-wheelbase models, the GTO is a seminal design representing the apogee of the front engine GT car. In short, it is a legend in its own right.|
After its debut in 1962, it carried on from where the short-wheelbaseberlinetta left off; its competition successes during 1962, 1963 and into 1964 are almost too numerous to list, the highlights being GT class wins in all of the classic long distance events such as the Sebring 12 Hours, Targa Florio, Nurburgring 1000km, Le Mans 24 Hours, as well as outright victories in the Tourist Trophy at Goodwood and in the Tour de France.
Epitomising the racing car which could realistically be driven on the road to a race meeting, as many were, win its event against invariably the toughest opposition and be driven home, the GTO embodies superb engineering pedigree, is stunning to look at and wonderful to drive. All in all, there is not a great deal wrong with it other than the price, and as only 39 examples of the beautiful coupé were built, the GTO is as rare as it is desirable, ensuring that demand far outstrips supply.
Inevitably, then, reproductions have been made, some better than others. Thanks to the nature of the construction of GT Ferraris during the 1960s and the distinct family similarities between the models, it is possible to build a faithful GTO given an appropriate donor car.
5815GT on offer here is a cut above the other recreations. A German Ferrari collector discovered on a trip to Italy in the 1970s 3 Scaglietti Series I GTO bodies at the renowned Ferrari coachbuilders Allegretti. As the original GTOs were often used in serious racing in the 1960s these bodies were made to quickly replace damaged bodies in such races. When the collector discovered these 3 bodies the GTO´s racing heydays were over and the bodies remained at Allegretti's warehouse.
A contract between Mr. Allegretti and the Ferrari collector was agreed, to use one of these Scaglietti spare bodies to build a 250 GTO.
Based on a Ferrari 330 which the collector supplied to Mr. Allegretti, by 1979 5815GT was finished to the closest GTO specification by Allegretti and subsequently delivered to the collector, in whose possession it has been since that time, for more than 30 years at the time of writing.
The car comes with the 3.9 litre engine producing 365bhp, with 2 overhead camshafts, six double carburettors and dry sump lubrication. The attention to detail in this car is truly remarkable as can be seen by the minute detail in such items as the fuel tank and instrumentation to name only two examples.
The price to build this car including the donor vehicle in the 1970s, when this fine example was produced, totalled more than 1 million Deutschmark or €500,000.
Today 5815GT is in superb condition, on the button and always fully serviced in spite of its little use.
It is supplied with EU registration documents and so can be registered throughout the EU without further costs.
With prices close to £20 million today, this car is available at only a small fraction of this and definitely a chance not to be missed. Simply stunning in all respects and is a thoroughly sorted car that will give the driver an insight into the legendary GTO.
Sold on the 28.03.2012
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