A replica of the Ferrari 250 GTO that appeared in “The Italian Job” + “Ford v Ferrari”

This car is titled 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO but it has never been to Italy, it is actually a replica built by McBurnie Coachcraft using a Datsun 280Z as the donor car.

The McBurnie Coachcraft team also built the Ferrari Daytona replica that was used in miami vice before Ferrari’s lawsuit ended his business. They would later design the “RIOT car” which was used in the TV series Baywatch.

Highlights – A Ferrari 250 GTO by McBurnie Coachcraft

  • McBurnie Coachcraft was founded in the United States by Tom McBurnie to build replica Ferraris like the 250 GTO and Daytona.
  • Cars built by McBurnie were featured in television series such as “Miami Vice” and “Baywatch”, as well as feature films such as “The Italian Job”, “Ford v Ferrari” and “Overdrive”. Using replicas in movies is usually much cheaper and easier to insure.
  • The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO you see here is actually a Datsun 280Z with new fiberglass bodywork, it also has a few other changes like new wheels and a Ferrari valve cover on the straight-six.
  • This car has appeared in a number of major feature films as well as a Gucci photo shoot. It comes with film scripts and storyboards, as well as film documentation to prove its identity.

McBurnie Coachcraft Ferraris

The two most famous cars developed by McBurnie Coachcraft included a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona based on the C3 Corvette platform, and the car you see here, a Ferrari 250 GTO replica based on the Datsun 240Z family of vehicles.

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Description of the imageThe interior of the car has been significantly modified to make it look more like an authentic Ferrari 250 GTO. The seats, dashboard, center console, steering wheel and door trim have all been changed.

Both of these cars were reasonably good facsimiles, certainly by the standards of the replica car industry, and they were deemed good enough to appear in a host of TV series and feature films in place of the originals.

These screen appearances would eventually bring down the company, replica Ferrari Daytonas that appeared on Miami Vice in the 1980s caught Ferrari’s attention.

The Italian automaker has taken legal action against McBurnie Coachcraft, and the next season of the TV series will reportedly feature an authentic Ferrari Testarossa that was donated by Ferrari.

The end and a new beginning

Shortly after the Ferrari trial, McBurnie Coachcraft was set on fire late at night in an arson attack – no one was ever brought to justice for the crime, and this prevented the company from producing any further replicas as they had lost their fiberglass. body molds.

The company would later reform as Thunder Ranch, selling replica Porsche 550s and Porsche 356 Speedsters, as well as a hot rod kit called “34 Lightning”. McBurnie eventually sold the company to Carrera Coachwerks in 2012.

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Description of the imageThe engine is a Datsun straight-six, it is fitted with triple Weber carburettors and a “Ferrari” camshaft housing.

Ferrari 250 GTO replica shown here

The car you see here actually started life as a Datsun 280Z before being converted to a “Fauxrrari” by McBurnie and his team.

The conversion included the installation of many new fiberglass body panels, new seats were added as well as a new dashboard, steering wheels, gear shift knob and other interior parts to give the car looks a little less Japanese and a little more Italian.

Under the hood you’ll find the original 280Z straight-six engine rather than a Ferrari V12, although a Ferrari-branded valve cover has been fitted which will only fool the most inattentive onlookers.

While most replicas will be relegated to the lesser-trafficked corners of eBay, the car you see here is likely to be a bit more popular thanks to its multiple fame brushes. This car appeared in Ford versus Ferrari, Italian workand Overdriveas well as a Gucci photo shoot – and it comes with all the documentation to prove it.

Replica Ferrari 250 GTO

Description of the imageThe car is currently fitted with 17 inch American Racing wheels, these are probably the most glaring indication that the car is not original and the new owner may wish to swap them out for something a little more decent .

The car was built directly by McBurnie Coachcraft, it was not a kit purchased and built by an amateur at home. It’s powered by the Datsun straight-six fitted with triple Weber carburettors, a tuned exhaust system and, of course, that Ferrari valve cover.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission and the car has a Rosso Corsa exterior, black interior with bucket seats, 17-inch American Racing wheels and Lionhart tires.

It comes with the film’s scripts and storyboards included, all of its cinematic documentation, and a signed Bob Bondurant poster.

If you want to know more about it or register to bid, you can click here to visit the listing on Mecum. It is due to clear the auction block in mid-May.

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Images courtesy of Mecum

Replica Ferrari 250 GTO