Ferrari 250 GTE Gets Chevrolet Engine: Video
Though it’s not as rare and sought-after as the Ferrari 250 GTO, the 250 GTE is a legendary Prancing Horse in its own right. Launched as the first large-production four-seat Ferrari in 1960, the GTE, which was built in almost 1,000 units, was a major contributor to the company’s financial well-being in the early 1960s. Nowadays, 250 GTEs change hands for anything between $250,000 and $500,000, but some models can fetch close to $800,000. That’s a lot of dough, but given some Ferraris are auctioned for more than $1,000,000, the classic four-seater is somewhat of a bargain.
But despite their value, not all 250 GTEs are restored to their original specification. The model you’re about to see in the this video is no longer powered by the iconic 3.0-liter Colombo V-12, but a supercharged V-8. Quite the blasphemy, huh?
Well, not quite.
You see, this weird Ferrari hot rod isn’t much of a Ferrari anymore. The shell is the only component sourced from an original GTE after everything else was stripped off and sent to Italy to make a replica of the iconic 250 GTO.
Granted, Joe’s Chevy-powered Ferrari might upset purists that don’t known the story behind it, but it’s definitely a unique take on the hot rod concept. Hit play to find out more about it and to hear it rev its new V-8 powerplant.