GTO Engineering Developing its own V12 60s Inspired New Car!

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  1. miurasv

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  3. Nembo1777

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    Interesting, done with skill and expertise but should be in replica section, not here.
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  4. BJK

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    Instead moved from 'Vintage' to here, 'Special Projects and Concept Cars', because Ferrari wouldn't allow this 'replica', would they? ;) :p
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    And rightly so. While I disagree with the cynical cashing in stance of Classiche Ferrari do have a right to protect their legacy: it is all about balance.
  6. SmokyDave

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    Intellectual property issues aside, that thing is gorgeous. I'd like a larger sidewall-wheel ratio and a few louvres in the sail panel, but I think I'd manage quite happily with the car as rendered.
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  8. TTR

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    Well, this ”thing” appears to have as much to do with vintage Ferrari as those Clenets, Excaliburs, etc do with classic cars in general, but there were buyers for those too ...
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    I like it. I wish it would be just a tad more different than a SWB though.
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  11. tritone

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    Wish I could say something positive,'s simply a pastiche of too many iconic designs. Fail.
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  13. BJK

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    I'd rather tell people I bought a million dollar 'Shark' and not a 'Squalo' :confused:
  14. bitzman

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    I think I passed up a short wheelbase berlinetta with a Chevy small block in it back in 1970 for about ten grand.
    Now of course an alloy bodied swb is nearing a million, add more if its got a documented racing history.
    But ironically it's a British firm that's bringing back the car. It's kind of like in the movie Vertigo where Jimmy Stewart, having seen his lady love (played by Kim Novak) fall from a tower to her death then sees another girl on the street and befriends her and gradually turns her into a look-alike for the one he loved (only to find it is the same gal, a part of an elaborate scheme).

    • Which brings me to the GTO Engineering Squalo which is described in a story by Geoge Ketsatis on a website Collectors Car World.
    published May 15, 2021.The car is called the GTO Engineering Squalo

    and they say it's built "to put the fun and

    engagement back into driving." It is not a

    tool room copy built on a Ferrari chassis but

    an all new car GTO Engineering is designing,

    developing and building at its UK HQ.

    They could have copied the styling, chassis and mechanicals of the original but chose to do instead a swb-inspired car. Not that they don't know old Ferraris--

    they have been restoring, building and maintaining a range of road- and race-oriented Ferraris since 1991. This car has a

    fully custom interior, a hand-crafted exterior, but modern technology and manufacturing.

    Their weight target was a sub-1,000 kg weight, and they had to have a V12,

    and they do, a hand-built quad-cam V12 engine

    mated to a 5-speed manual.

    The question is, what will Ferrari think? The most recent

    shot against copycats was fired recently by Jaguar which

    got a court order against a couple who claimed to be

    mere hobbyists who are making a D-type Jag replica and

    have several orders.. Jaguar recently made a dozen or so 1961

    E-type replicas so they don't much like outsiders taking

    chunks of their history and reproducing it. According to Bloomberg
    "Jaguar’s classics department has announced it will make eight more of the curvaceous C-Type that was originally produced from 1951 to 1953.

    The continuation cars, set to converge on a special track day in 2022 to celebrate 70 years since the original release, will be the fourth of its kind for the Coventry, England-based company. Jaguar started developing Jaguar Lightweight E-Type and Jaguar XKSS continuation cars as far back as 2014; in 2018, it began building D-Type continuations.

    Jaguar is far from the only company to cash in on the continuation business model, which grants uber-expensive, hyperlimited new cars to well-heeled fans of the brand. In 2018, Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings Plc announced it would make 19 fresh continuations of its classic DB4 Zagato GT from the 1960s and 25 continuations of its DB5s famed from Goldfinger."

    So automakers consider going back in the time machine and putting some oldies but goodies back into production their right and privilege.

    One wonders if Ferrari,faced as are all automakers with going along with a

    supposed rush to electrics, has more important fish to fry

    than going after a replica maker?.

    I don't have any more details but here's the body

    of the Squalo, and an engine shot. No price in the story.

    What say you?

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