Thursday, 26 January 2012

Moal Gatto

Historic cars are far safer than money in the bank. But with the ever-escalating prices of Ferrari 250 GTOs, Ford GT40s and their kind, are they becoming too valuable to actually drive? Would it be more of a shame to damage such a car while using it or to mothball it safely in the garage and deny it its purpose?

California's Bill Grimsley has an alternative. To sidestep the concern of either hurting or misusing a priceless sixties GT, he commissioned Moal Coachbuilders to create the Gatto - a unique, hand-crafted tribute to the coachbuilt classics of that era, but without the tippy-toeing that accompanies them. And it's no cheesy pastiche either; the throbbing heart of the Gatto is a genuine 250 GTO-spec Ferrari V12. The custom bodywork takes its cues from a number of period carrozzeria and manufacturers: the Zagato-esque double-bubble roof, the Maserati mouth, the Ferrari side-vents. Being a scratch build, Moal were able to eschew the frailties of the Gatto's spiritual peers and plan the car around such modern conveniences as efficient cooling, air-conditioning and sturdy brakes.
Exquisite, isn't it? Click here for more.

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