Friday, 15 August 2014

Friday's Ferrari

This car took part in the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy for Historic Cars race at the Silverstone Classic meeting in July 2010 and is here seen in the pit garage.
It was shown in the programme of the meeting as a 1962 Ferrari 330 GTO and the owner Carlo Vögele shared the driving in the 1 hour race with Willie Green. The car's serial number is 4561GT and I've featured it before, with a photograph from a 2003 Donington Park event, on 9th May 2014. This car is classed by as a Ferrari 330 LM and says that six cars were produced, two with GTO style bodywork and four with Pininfarina bodywork similar to the 250 Lusso. The information I gave previously was that it was a 330 GTO (or 330 LM) and that three cars were produced and that information came from a website which only covered the cars with the GTO style bodywork and says that the first car built (3673SA) was badly damaged before the second car (3765LM) was built, and subsequently:

'At the request of Michel Paul-Cavalier, a third and final 330 GTO on chassis 4561SA was built to his own specification for road use. This included a lengthened wheel base, brake booster, fully covered front lights and a full interior trim in blue upholstery. Despite being made for the road the car featured a full Tipo 163/566 competition engine and Tipo 539/566 chassis but a unique transmission with synchromesh gears.'

So the car in this photograph is the third to be built, but the first car no longer exists as such. It was rebuilt, as says, and is now classed as a 400 Scaglietti Berlinetta GT SWB.

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