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Ferrari Friday – San Marino Motor Classic

For the final visit to this years San Marino Motor Classic today’s featured marque is, unsurprisingly Ferrari.

Ferrari 250 GT PF Coupé Speciale, San Marino Motor Classic

Oldest of the Ferrari’s in this years show and winner of the
Art Center College of Design Award, was this Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Coupé Speciale. Built in 1956 with a 410 Superamerica body the car was delivered new to a descendent of FIAT’s Agnelli family who coincidentally was also member of the FIAT boardroom.

Ferrari 250 GT PF Cabriolet S2, San Marino Motor Classic

Looking at the entry list which names only the entrant, marque and date and other resources it appears the vehicle above is a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Cabriolet Series 2.

Ferrari 250 GT Coupe PF, San Marino Motor Classic

I’m much less certain as to the identity of the vehicle above it’s definitely one of 351 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Coupé’s. The combination of repeater light, absence of optional bonnet scoop and drivers side only door mirror lead me to believe this particular vehicle may have been built for a US Serviceman from Chicago who kept the car for 16 years.

Ferrari 250 GT/L, San Marino Motor Classic

Winner of the Pasadena Humane Society Award was the 1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L belonging to Alan & Wendy Hart, a car originally delivered to a customer in Belgium.

Ferrari 365 GTS/4, San Marino Motor Classic

There were only 122 Ferrari 365 GTS/4’s built but I have not been able to link the owner of this 1973 example on the entry list to any particular chassis of the many with yellow bodies and Borrani wheels.

Ferrari F40, San Marino Motor Classic

It will also take a historian far more capable than me to tell you which of the 1,315 F40’s, like the 1990 example above, this is.

My thanks to Geoffrey Horton and Paul McNabb for sharing their photographs.

Thanks for joining me on this “Ferrari Friday” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at some details from last month’s Avenue Drivers Club meeting. Don’t forget to come back now !


Directors Special – Ferrari 330 GTO #4561SA

In 1962 Le Mans 24 hour race organisers the Automobile Club Ouest announced a special class for prototype racers, with a motor displacement limit of four litres / 244 cui, in addition to the World Championship Grand Turismo class for prototype racers which included the Ferrari 250 GTO and later Ford Daytona Cobra’s.

Ferrari 330 GTO, Goodwood Revival

Ferrari having launched it’s 4 litre Superamerica in 1959 had the perfect motor for the class on it’s books and wasted no time tuning racing versions of the 4 litre / 244 cui V12’s to produce 390 hp.

Ferrari 330 GTO, Goodwood Revival

Ferrari prepared two cars to run with the special prototype class motors, one was fitted to a modified 250 TR which won the race with Phil Hill and Oliver Gendebien driving to their combined third and final win, it was also Oliver’s fourth Le Mans win.

Ferrari 330 GTO, Goodwood Revival

While the second 4 litre V12 was fitted to a modified 250 GT0 chassis #2765LM that completed 56 laps of the ’62 Le Mans race in the hands of Mike Parkes and Lorenzo Bandini, before retiring with an overheating motor after an accident.

Ferrari 330 GTO, Goodwood Revival

It believed that five more 330 GTO’s were built all of them on Superamerica chassis, as opposed to a modified 250 GTO chassis, 4 of them with angular Pininfarina Berlinetta body work and today’s featured car #4561SA which shares the same 250 GTO style body work as the original 330GTO chassis #3765LM.

Ferrari 330 GTO, Goodwood Revival

Today’s car chassis #4561SA built in 1963 is one of two 330 GT0’s that was never actually raced at Le Mans being built originally for Michel Paul-Cavallier.

Michel was a French industrialist who owned a number of Ferrari’s through the 1950’s and became the only foreign board member of SEFAC SpA when it was founded by Enzo Ferrari on the 23rd of May 1960.

In 1965 Charles Daniels bought the car and both he and #4561SA survived a road accident later the same year which necessitated the car being sent back to Maranello for repairs.

Charles raced the car twice in 1966 crashing at Snetterton and finishing 3rd at a Maidstone and Kent Motor Club Meeting organised at Brands Hatch.

Swiss owner Carlo Voegele is seen at the wheel during the 250 GTO anniversary parade at Goodwood Revival in 2012.

Thanks for joining me on this “Directors Special” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when this months Le Mans series of blogs continues with a look at the first diesel powered car to win the Le Mans 24 Hours. Don’t forget to come back now !


Aerodynamic Jewel – Ferrari 400 Superamerica Aerodynamico Coupé S1 #3221SA

After weeks of being adrift thanks to a few server issues it feels great to be finally back up to speed with to speed with today’s Ferrari Friday blog. My thanks to everyone for their patience and understanding during this challenging time for GALPOT.

Ferrari 400 Superamerica, Blackhawk, Museum

The Ferrari 400 Superamerica was launched in 1959 with a 340hp 4 litre / 244 cui Columbo V12 which replaced the Lampredi V12 that had been the mainstay of the America series Ferrari’s going all the way back to 1950.

Ferrari 400 Superamerica, Blackhawk, Museum

Chassis #3221SA the 18th of 25 such cars built was delivered to a French customer in 1962 and for a while belonged to the Marquis de St. Didier and later, in the 1980’s, to the President of Cartier Alain Dominique Perin.

Ferrari 400 Superamerica, Blackhawk, Museum

Pininfarina offered Coupé, Cabriolet and Spider bodies for the 400 Superamerica Series 1 which was produced until 1962 when it was replaced by Series 2 of which 22 were built up until 1964.

My thanks to Geoffrey Horton for sharing his photographs taken at the Blackhawk Museum.

Thanks for joining me on this “Aerodynamic Jewel” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres”, I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at a Formula 5000 car that unexpectedly beat a top drawer Formula One field. Don’t forget to come back now !