Ferrari Pontoon Testa Rossa Recreation built on an original RHD UK matching number Ferrari chassis . This example was conceived by a well known UK Ferrari enthusiast and collector who wanted a recreation of Sergio Scagliettis finest design and so commissioned the master craftsman from Cuneo south of Turin Italy Giovanni Giordanengo to construct a hand beaten alloy body .
He had the option of using a 250 GTE or a PF Coupe in poor bodily condition with the original Ferrari chassis, engine box and running gear to to mount the new all alloy body . However these models have cart springs to the rear , drum brakes and a 3 litre V12 with a 4 speed box and when a much lighter alloy body is fitted the cars tend to have a harsh ride with handling limitations and an engine that only comes on song at high revs which is fine if the car is only to be used for competition on the track.
His requirement was for a superfast car with matching handling, power and performance that could be used regularly to drive on the road and for occasional track demonstration rather than competition
Therefore he chose a later design introduced in 1967 being the 365 GT Ferrari with a 4.4 litre two cam engine , 5 speed gearbox with torque tube transmission, all independent 4 coil spring rear and twin coil front suspension with all round discs as the basis for his dream car.
Whilst only built 4 years later than the last 250, the potential was obvious in that the engine with 320 BHP was 85 BHP more than a 250 GTE with a huge increase in torque .The massive 5 speed gearbox box with the torque tube system was the best Ferrari had built and was a huge improvement on the old 4 speed with o/d . Plus the 4 coil spring independent rear and twin coil front suspension configuration with all round discs meant that the set up options once the new body was fitted were more of a science than the more agricultural limitations the earlier 250 chassis offered.
The car remained unused in his large collection until 2008, since then it has been further developed and upgraded by some of the finest craftsmen and workshops in the North of England. Now completed , with very high attention to detail it is in as new condition with minimal mileage.
The car is finished in Rosso Corsa with multiple coats of period cellulose paint, which give much greater depth than the modern 2 pack option. The interior is in Rosso leather piped Bianco sourced from Italy and has lap belts fitted with a full harness option available . The cabin detail is quite exceptional with the correct wiring board and alloy trunking fitted throughout the car with replica Jaeger and Sacma Milano instruments fitted to the hand crafted alloy instrument binnacle. The hand crafted alloy windscreen base and Perspex custom made screen and headlamp nascelles were also bespoke . All the lights are correct with original restored and re silvered( virtually impossible to source ) Marchal Equillax headlamps with Marchal 662 762 Spotlamps and Carrello rear lights. The correct steering wheel and all exterior badging were sourced from Italy . The bonnet is hinged with a stay as is the boot so they do not need to be removed from the car for engine checks and servicing. The bespoke engine manifolds and exhaust with 4 megaphones was custom built by the best competition exhaust builder in the UK . The springs , dampers and vented brakes have all been custom designed for the car and the suspension has been set up on a Biessbarth ML 4000 alighnment jig. The car engine and transmission has been set up, tuned and serviced by a well known Ferrari Specialist. The chassis has been bead blasted and completely refurbished as new with all new bushes and joints. The majority of parts used have been supplied by Maranello at Egham or GTO Engineering. The wheels are Torino with high speed road Blockley tyres rated to 149 MPH with Borrani spinners
The car is a revelation to drive weighing in at 1154 KG., with an engine that fires instantly and delivers the massive power and torque aligned with superior handling that would leave any 3 litre car in its wake and completely out of sight on cornering. Augmented by the 5 speed box and silk smooth transmission with responsive firm handling and rattle and bump free suspension with the vented disc brakes with bias control.
This is without doubt the best performing and driving Ferrari Pontoon Testa Rossa Recreation / Evocation currently built and is as new and ready to use for superfast road or track demonstration. Currently UK road registered and tax paid in the EU.
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