Restorations

250 SWB 2221 GT Full Resoration

An exciting new Ferrari restoration has commenced at GTO Engineering on 250 SWB 2221 GT. This was one of only 14 RHD SWBs produced and was a competition spec car with a steel body, using many rare Ferrari parts. Originally Colonel Ronnie Hoare's car this was then widely campaigned by Ron Fry before he owned a 250 GTO and 250 LM. Later it was owned by Burnley Richmond of Downton tuning fame, before going to a private collection in Sicily where it was re-bodied in aluminium, and the original steel body was retained.

 

GTO Engineering have now removed the aluminium body and refitted the original steel body to the frame. Meanwhile a full mechanical restoration including Ferrari engine rebuild is taking place.

Ferrari 275 GTB/4

This Ferrari 275 GTB/4 recently underwent a complete concours classic Ferrari restoration at GTO Engineering's workshops.

This particular car has been shown at the prestigious Villa D’Este Concours. It also won "Best Car in Show" at the 2011 National Ferrari Owners Club concours show.

The Process of restoring the Ferrari 275:

The car was completely dismantled and the body shell and chassis taken to be soda blasted back to its original state. After this the last bits of corrosion and dirt were manually removed, the car was taken to our body shop for sympathetic panel restoration to bring everything back to its correct condition.

Whilst this was being carried out all the mechanical parts were stripped, all the suspension components were fastidiously restored, replacement classic Ferrari parts obtained as necessary and all parts refinished with their original coating or electroplating.

The engine was dismantled and all parts examined and taken to our machine shop for machining and re-commissioning; all parts were scrupulously cleaned and prepared for re-assembly.

Meanwhile the panel skins were taken off and new perimeter metal put on and re-fitted to the frames at the body shop. The outriggers were restored and all surplus inner panel holes filled and cleaned back.

The panel gaps were all set precisely and the body shell re-assembled to be ready to move across into the paint shop where the body was minimally filled where necessary and painstakingly hand flatted to produce a flat and perfect platform before painting, re-flatting and polishing. By now all the chrome and brightwork had been trial fitted to the car and carefully restored and re-chromed, new bumpers were made and chromed, instruments restored in preparation for the paint being finished.

At last the car was ready for re-assembly and the mechanical units were ready for re-fitting.

With immense care and appropriate pride the re-assembly began, glass was fitted, chrome was carefully assembled, the suspension built, transaxle re-fitted and the engine gently placed in its home.

After most of the mechanicals were fitted work in the trim began, the seats were carefully re-upholstered, carpets and leather trim meticulously re-made and the car gradually came together, the engine was started and tuned and all the details were finished.

Even the original etching on the windscreen and door glasses was re-produced, the car was road tested and delivered to its patient and anxious owner.

Andrew Pisker’s 250 California wins Pebble Beach and MSN Autos’ 2010 People's Choice Award

A Ferrari 250 California has won the prestigious People's Choice Award at Pebble Beach in California. The beautiful SWB version spent three years undergoing a meticulous restoration at GTO Engineering in Twyford, Reading before receiving almost 100,000 votes from the readers of the MSN Autos site, which was the event’s partner. They chose the 250 California as the most beautiful of all the cars entered in this year’s edition of the classic American concours d’Elegance.

Built in 1961, this particular 250 California was discovered in Canada by collector Andrew Pisker and then restored to its original condition as well as being given a classic Azzurro Metalizzato livery. The car’s stunning beauty captured the public imagination at the concours d’elegance, much to the delight of its very proud owner who summed its character up very succinctly, by declaring: “It’s a car that means open motoring in the sunshine”. This is, of course, a theme dear to the Prancing Horse’s heart as Maranello recently revisited its drop-top tradition with the Ferrari California, a model that combines extraordinary performance and driving emotions with superb comfort and versatility.