Ferrari 250 GTE Has A Chevy V8 Hiding Under The Hood
27 April 2017 - motor1
Is it sacrilege, or one sweet restomod?
Ferrari purists, avert your gaze while you still can. While this may look like another stunning 250 GTE, of which just 950 original examples were produced, it's actually a Frankencar of epic proportions. Gone is the original Colombo Tipo 125 V12 – in its place is something from this side of the Atlantic.
That's right, under the hood is a 383 Chevy V8. Good for anywhere from 350 to 500 horsepower (260 to 372 kilowatts), this American heart powers one of Italy's most honored classics. But that's not the only upgrade you'll find. A new Tremec five-speed manual, an 83 quarter rear off an old Chrysler, and a set of real replica Borrani wire wheels were added – those were the same wheels you'd find on the car when new.
The car was purchased, well worn, in San Jose, California by its current owner Gary Briggs, who initially thought it was a kit car given the low price. And though he did attempt to track down the numbers matching Colombo V12 and gearbox, a few dead ends leads lead to the installation of the Chevy V8. It retains a few original key components, like exhaust, interior, and most of the body panels.
hough thrilling as the Franken-Ferrari may be on the road, Gary thought it only necessary to pair it with a vehicle mover that was equally as unique. The Superhauler, then, is able to transport Gary’s eclectic collection in style. It’s a 1971 fire truck that was restomodded to its current look by Jack Dick Customs of California, and fitted with a 385-hp (287-kW) Detroit Diesel.
The Superhauler was "born from our desire to have our own personal transporter," said Gary. And that it needed to be "usable and comfortable for long distance travel." With a comfortable looking cabin and a unique design, I'd say it's a success on both fronts.