1963 250 GTO Recreation RHD
- One of only a handful of RHD GTO recreations in existence
- Crafted in Italy by Allegretti and assembled the UK by Moto Technique
- Conceived as a fast road/race car
- Engine, gearbox and back axle built to GTO specification
- Competition history with several podium finishes
- Raced by Ferrari works driver David Piper
- Campaigned by respected Goodwood competitor Gary Pearson
- Eligible for FIA HTP to race in historic events
This very rare example of a RHD 4-litre 250 GTO is a recreation of an original RHD GTO, one of the four 4.0-litre cars constructed for the Le Mans 24-Hour race in 1962.
Completed in 1993, the project started with a matching-numbers RHD Ferrari 330GT. The original chassis was shipped to Italy where it was converted to GTO specification. The body was hand-crafted in Italy at the same time, by the workshop of Mario Allegretti, and then returned to the UK to be rebuilt to a very high specification as a fast road/race car, by marque experts Moto Technique.
The Carrozzeria of the late Mario Allegretti was one of the most respected in Italy, and evolved out of the workshops of Piero Drogo, where he had crafted some of the most iconic Ferrari bodies, including the 330 P3 and 206 SP which were commissioned by the racing team Scuderia Ferrari, and the legendary Ferrari ‘Breadvan’.
For over 40 years Moto Technique has steadily created a global reputation for quality and craftsmanship in the restoration of some of the greatest names in motoring history – Ferrari, Mercedes and Lamborghini. The company’s greatest claim to fame is the restoration of the ex-Stephen Pilkington Ferrari 250 GTO #3527 which took nearly 2500 man hours to restore and was the cover feature of Octane in 2006.
The engine was rebuilt to GTO specification and incorporates GTO camshafts, roller rockers, high compression racing pistons, oversized stainless-steel valves and specialist head porting, and six Weber twin-choke down-draught carburettors delivering 315 bhp at the rear wheels. Power is transmitted via a five-speed gearbox to an up-rated 250 GTO-specification limited-slip differential, supplied by David Piper, who also provided the oversize pistons for the original-style Dunlop brakes. The Borrani wheels (7″ front/8″ rear) are fitted with Dunlop racing tyres while the competition suspension boasts up-rated springs, adjustable Koni dampers and anti-roll bars at front and rear.
The car also features a Bob Houghton dry sump lubrication system; correct pedal box assembly; inlet manifolds and aluminium fuel/oil tanks sourced from DK Engineering and a period-correct side exhaust system in stainless-steel from Ferrari-specialist Terry Hoyle. Finished in Rosso Corsa it has a black leather interior equipped with a correct 250 GTO 400mm steering wheel; original-style gauges (plus speedometer); racing harnesses and FIA roll cage.
This highly competitive GTO entered its first race in 1993, driven by Goodwood regular Gary Pearson and the late Martin McGlone. Thereafter it competed regularly in the ‘Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic’ series, achieving a number of wins and podiums including finishing first at both Silverstone and Donington Park and second at Brands Hatch. It also won the ‘Coppa Nederland Trophy’ (2004) and the ‘Stephen Langton Award’ for ‘best performance of a road going V12 Ferrari in Competition’. It continued to race over the next decade and in 2007 the car won its class at the Goodwood GRRC Spring sprint and was invited for display at that year’s Revival Meeting.