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Wendy’s Indoor Playground – Ferrari 250 GT/E #2259 GT

Like some Bristol cars there are some Ferrari’s you either love or see as opportunities to tear apart for recycling into more desirable models or heaven forbid turn into complete replica’s of more illustrious models, in the UK these vehicles are known as “Marmite” cars, you either love, or love to hate them.

One such is the first production model, as opposed to special order model, Ferrari to be fitted with a rear seat and useable boot / trunk as standard like today’s featured Ferrari 250 GT/E.

Ferrari 250GT/E, Concours on the Avenue, Carmel by the Sea

The practicalities of the 250 GT/E made it a huge, by Ferrari standards, seller with 955 cars built in 3 series between 1959 and 1963. Today’s featured car chassis #2259 GT, seen by Geoffrey Horton at Carmel by the Sea some years ago, is one of the 302 Series I vehicles built between 1960 and 1961.

Thanks to the intervention of Tom Yang, pronounced Young, and a deal cut in the privacy of a Wendy’s indoor play area #2259 is a two owner car.

Ferrari 250GT/E, Concours on the Avenue, Carmel by the Sea

The first owner was Carlo Durante who bought the car in Milan in 1960, Carlo who runs his own auto shop Alfa of Tacoma in Washington drove the car for nine years before some bad fuel clogged up a carburetor causing one of the pistons to run too lean and get holed.

Carlo got his 63,000 mile car back to his shop striped the engine out and for next 40 years nothing more happened as the pressure of work meant Carlo did not have time to attend to his pride and joy.

Ferrari 250GT/E, Concours on the Avenue, Carmel by the Sea

Fast forward to the Autumn of 2009 and California Ferrari preservation expert Tom Yang got wind of Carlo’s car and through a mutual friend built up a friendship that culminated in Tom introducing Carlo to a potentially sympathetic new owner. After they had been to visit Carlo and his 250 GTE all three went to a Wendy’s and a deal was struck.

Tom who would take care of the recommissioning of #2259 GT received it at his workshop on the last day of March 2011 and fourteen months later it was back, in not just working order, but Concours condition as can be seen in these photo’s taken by Geoffrey in August 2012.

Ferrari 250GT/E, Concours on the Avenue, Carmel by the Sea

Most of the car is still original, including the paintwork, despite having the 3 liter / 183 cui V12 motor painstakingly rebuilt, the rear differential resealed, brakes overhauled to better than original condition and the carpets replaced. The seats were saved and repaired as was the original wood rimmed Nardi steering wheel which has been beautifully preserved.

The new owner was awarded the FCA Pacific Region Vintage Concours Preservation Award at Concorso Italiano, Laguna Seca Golf Ranch just 3 day’s after these photo’s were taken. Coincidentally the man responsible for the preservation of #2259 GT, Tom Yang is seen in the bottom photo wearing the grey blazer on the right.

My thanks to Geoffrey Horton for sharing today’s featured photographs and to Tom Wilson, not only for his lightening quick response to my enquiry about today’s featured Ferrari at Ferrari Chat, but also for recommending Tom Yang’s excellent website which documents it’s preservation and recommissioning.

Thanks for joining me on this “Wendy’s Indoor Playground” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow for a look at the last of this month’s Gilbern series. Don’t forget to come back now !


You can’t reverse that thing here mate ! – Lotus IX

Moving up the field at Thompson CT on 20th July 1958 today Ed Arnaudin’s photo’s feature a Lotus IX driven by Len Bastrup a respected Lotus driver who finished 2nd in Race 1 for class G, HP & HM cars.

Around thirty Lotus IX models were manufactured from 1954 to 1955 with a variety of engines available from MG, Connaught and Bristol, this particular model had the most common 4 cylinder 1098 cc / 65.4 cui Coventry Climax Class G spec motor .

The body was penned by Frank Costin, brother of Mike who gave the Cos to Cosworth, and manufactured by Williams & Pritchard, who GALPOT regulars might remember were responsible for an all time favourite of mine the special body on a BMW 315/1.

Colin Chapman the dynamo behind Lotus Cars and accomplished racing driver entered a IX for the Le Mans 24 hours in 1955.

During the race he crashed his car into a sand bank. Thinking nothing of the incident he reversed out and was promptly disqualified for unauthorised reversing.

Len Bastrup was racing from at least 1953 to 1960 starting in MG’s and then moving to Lotus cars in 1955. He shared a Lotus XI at the Sebring 12 hours in 1956 with Lotus founder Colin Chapman which burst into flames after an accident in practice which caused terminal damage and withdrawal from the race before it had started.

My thanks to Ed Arnaudin for the photographs, his son Steve for sending them on and Terry O’Neil for the race results.

Hope you have enjoyed today’s 45.5cui edition of Gettin’ a lil’ psycho on tyres’ and that you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !


HM Racer – Nardi MD4 Spyder

Todays post comes courtesy of photographer Ed Arnaudin who’s photo’s were kindly forwarded to me courtesy of his son Steve.

Featured today is a Nardi ND 4 Spyder, seen here at the New York Championship Race meeting, Thompson CT July 20th 1958 where it came in 11th driven by John Igleheart in Race 1, a race which I will be returning to tomorrow.

Enrico Nardi was an Italian racing driver, engineer and designer who worked for Lancia and the works Alfa Romeo Scuderia Ferrari Team. Enrico is credited with being one of the first two drivers to race the Auto Avio Costruzioni 815, considered to be the very first Ferrari model in all but name, in the 1940 Mille Miglia.

In 1951 Nardi established his own workshops on Via Lancia, Torino to build prototypes and one of the strangest vehicles out side of Can Am 2 the twin boom Nardi Bisiluro for the 1955 Le Mans 24 Hours.

The mid 1950’s ND4 Spyder is one of many of Nardi’s 750 cc vehicles which came in a variety of shapes powered by a variety motors including JAP, Crosley, Panhard and in the case of this particular vehicle a 4 cylinder 43 hp 747 cc / 45.5 cui FIAT unit sourced from the FIAT 600 parts bin.

John Igleheart driver of the #95 seems to have been a specialist at racing cars with small motors he is known to have raced from at least 1953 to 1968, he seems to have been most successful driving a ‘Bobsy’.

My thanks again to Ed and Steve Arnaidin for todays valuable contribution and to Terry O’ Neil for the race results.

Hope you have enjoyed today’s 45.5cui edition of Gettin’ a lil’ psycho on tyres’ and that you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !