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1965 330 GTO Recreation RHD
Built for road and track
A matching numbers RHD 1965 Ferrari 330GT is the basis for this superb recreation of one of the 4.0-litre, five-speed 330 GTOs as built for the Le Mans 24-Hour race in 1962.
Completed in 1993, the original chassis was shipped to Italy where it was shortened and converted to GTO specification and then galvanised. The body was hand-crafted in Italy at the same time, most probably by the carrozzeria of Allegretti, and then returned to the UK to be rebuilt to a very high specification as a competitive, fast road/road car, by marque experts Moto Technique. Highlights of its specification include a Bob Houghton dry sump lubrication system, DK engineering pedal box assembly and inlet manifolds, aluminium fuel/oil tanks and a stainless-steel exhaust system from Ferrari-specialist Terry Hoyle. The engine incorporates GTO camshafts, roller rockers, high compression racing pistons, oversized stainless-steel valves and specialist head porting, while the six twin-choke down-draught carburettors were supplied by Weber and set up o! n their rolling road where a maximum output of 315bhp was recorded at the rear wheels. Power is transmitted via a five-speed gearbox (rebuilt in 2006) to an up-rated 250GTO-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. Period side-exit exhausts are fitted, incorporating road silencing.
Finished in red with black leather interior and equipped with an original 250GTO 400mm steering wheel; original-style gauges (plus speedometer); racing harnesses and FIA roll cage, it entered its first race in 1993 with Gary Pearson at the wheel. Thereafter it competed regularly in the 'Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic' series, achieving a number of wins and podium finishes.
In more recent years this very competitive example was awarded the 'Coppa Nederland Trophy' (2004) for the 'best performance in competition by a pre-75 Ferrari'; the 'Stephen Langton Award' for 'best performance of a road going V12 Ferrari in Competition' (2006) and in the same year it came first at both Silverstone and Donington Park. It came second at Brands Hatch and won the 'Bumbles Trophy' for 'best unmodified V12 Ferrari in competition'. In 2007 the car won its class at the Goodwood GRRC Spring sprint and was invited for display at that year's Revival Meeting.
Well known Ferrari exponents Gary Pearson and Martin McGlone have both raced this car, as has former Ferrari Works driver David Piper, who later said that he wished the original cars he raced in period had been as well prepared and finely balanced as this car – which is praise indeed from the Le Mans veteran.
Under the previous owner the car has benefited from a total service and re-commissioning by Joe Macari Servicing in London. Thus the car is ready to use and drives beautifully, revving cleanly to 8,000, and has the benefit of plentiful torque, courtesy of the powerful 4.0-litre engine. It is in excellent condition and is ready to be enjoyed.