The original Ferrari 250 sports cars were produced from 1952 to 1964 and were powered by a naturally aspirated 3.0-litre V12 coupled to a manual transmission. Depending on the modification and condition of the car, today such a model can be bought for 300-400 thousand dollars. But if there is no such money, and the desire to become the owner of a classic Ferrari is great, you can take a closer look at an unusual hybrid with a V8 engine. From Chevrolet.
In 1962, it was an ordinary Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2, which, having changed several owners, found an owner with very strange tastes. It is not known for certain what led to the replacement of the engine, but in the end, instead of the original V12 and a standard gearbox, an American V8 appeared under the hood of the Italian coupe – a 5.7-liter “small block” GM LT1 Generation II from Chevrolet – and a 5-speed manual gearbox Tremec gears. Along with these improvements came a custom driveshaft, an upgraded suspension, disc brakes on all wheels, an adjustable steering column and a number of other major changes in the design of the car, including a 95-liter fuel tank and a battery in the trunk.
The body has also been improved. The silver car was painted in bright red, complemented by stripes of dark blue and yellow and black sills. The front end was styled after the 250 GT California Spyder, air ducts were added to the front fenders, and lights from a later than the original car, the 250 GT Series III, were installed at the rear. Borrani pseudo-spoke wheels with Michelin HydroEdge tires appeared. The black leather interior has also been extensively modified to accommodate a new instrument panel, a Hurst shifter, a Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel and a Vintage Air climate control system.
The unusual project was completed in 2014 by the owner’s brother, who bought this Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2 in 2005, already in a modified – and it is not known how much – condition. Now the car is up for sale on the Bring a Trailer platform and so far the maximum bid is 135 thousand dollars. Probably, restoring the car to its original state, if at all possible, will cost many times more.