Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
Hmm. Well, now. This is a dilemma, isn't it?
With the average auction price of the Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France rocketing north of £5,000,000, this £450,000 recreation makes a certain amount of sense. I mean, that is quite a saving, isn't it? And the fastidious build has ensured that it's as authentic as a replica is able to be - the donor car was a Ferrari 250 GTE, and the engine is a 250 V12 in GTO-spec (so actually rather more powerful than a TdF). It looks like a Tour de France, it sounds like a Tour de France, it drives like a Tour de France, it really is a Ferrari... but it does raise some questions. £450,000 is still a lot of money - is that too much to pay for a car that's always going to be looked down on by the famously snobby classic Ferrari crowd? Was it worth losing a 250 GTE - itself a scarce and valuable model - to create this?
Ah, who cares? Life's too short to trouble yourself with such things. Just look at it, it's gorgeous, and I bet it's a hoot to drive. It may not be 'real', but it's real enough. And its comparative, er, cheapness means that it'll probably actually get used too. That can't be a bad thing.
Spotted at Joe Macari - more photos here.