Since not all of us are lucky enough to have $17 million the bank, GTO Engineering has a cheaper solutionby Alina Moore, on
Ferrari unveiled the 250 California Spyder SWB at the 1960 Geneva Motor Show, and it soon became an iconic supercar. With only 106 units built, you can imagine auction prices in our day are sky high.
For example the most expensive one was auctioned in 2016 for a little over $17 million, the next one was auctioned in 2015 for almost $16 million. You get the picture: it is a very rare, very expensive classic car.
So, how can you afford one? Well, you don’t! Or maybe you do... if you have between £750,000 - £850,000 ($1-$1.2 million) in your bank account. If you do, head over to GTO Engineering and they will build a California Spyder for you.
2022 Ferrari California Spyder Revival By GTO Engineering
The process of building a masterpiece
There is a catch though! Next to the $1 million you must also have a donor car, and, as you probably guessed, it must be a Ferrari. So, in order to build a cool Ferrari you must kill a not so cool, cheaper Ferrari. Think about models like the Mondial or 348 that are priced under $50k on Autotrader.
Once you hand your donor car to GTO Engineering the building process starts. Each car is built by hand and requires a total of 1,500 hours of work. The process starts by crafting a hand-formed aluminum body, manufactured with GTO Engineering’s own tooling, and strengthening of the chassis.
From there, you can choose between three different engines.
You can opt to retain the original 3.0-liter Colombo V-12 engine found in the California Spyder, or to upgrade to either a 3.5-liter or a 4.0-liter engine.
There is also a choice between the standard four- or optional five-speed manual gearbox.
GTO Engineering is paying great attention to every aspect of the car and promises the final product will look identical to the original. Every line of the exterior follows the lines of the original car and the interior must also be identical. For the last one, GTO is offering a range of luxurious leathers and optional smaller, vintage-style wooden steering wheel fitted with an original style horn.
Each unit will be built to each owner’s specific requirements and first deliveries will be made at the end of 2021. GTO’s California Spyder Revival will make its debut at the 2021 Goodwood Revival event that will take place from 17 to 19 September 2021.