In late 2007 the current owner, Clive Beecham, entrusted Ferrari Classiche with a complete body-off restoration. The car, which has a continuous, uninterrupted history had – naturally enough for a racing car – been subject to numerous repairs over the years. When stripped by Ferrari Classiche, a number of incorrect repairs to the chassis came to light, and these were rectified according to the factory’s original chassis blueprints.
The engine was totally overhauled, with a correct-specification engine block being cast by the factory to replace the non-original block that had been fitted in 1967. At the same, the original specification Weber 46s were fitted, the transmission and differential were overhauled, and all worn or non-original components repaired or replaced with original parts. Where original parts were no longer available – such as pistons and connecting rods, cam shafts, gear selector forks, aluminum riveted fuel tank and exhaust system – they were remanufactured by Ferrari Classiche using the designs from the company’s extensive archives.
In respect to the car’s provenance, Ferrari Classiche carried out a fine-tuning operation on the bodywork. All the existing body panels were retained, but a number of structural areas were rectified where modifications had been made in period when the car was rebodied by Drogo and the scuttle line lowered.
The result is a 250 GT Berlinetta that completely respects the criteria of correct technical specifications and authenticity as laid down by Ferrari, with every single component corresponding to the exact description of the car according to the build sheet when it left the factory in June 1961.
[Source: Ferrari SpA]