GTO Engineering’s Latest Revival Will Have You California Dreamin’

British Ferrari specialist GTO Engineering has revealed the latest member of its Revival series, called the California Spyder Revival.

An enhanced reincarnation of the 1960 Ferrari SWB California Spyder, the car takes the usual Revival journey, beginning life as a classic Ferrari that has been all but lost to crash or fire damage putting it beyond repair. The identity of that car is then given new life and transferred to GTO’s newly-built California Spyder Revival.

The result, at least in the case of the first car shown here, is the spitting image of the Cali’ Spyder famously bought by Hollywood actor James Coburn. Black paintwork over red leather interior, the Revival is the result of 1,500 hours of work at GTO’s headquarters in Twyford, about an hour’s drive west of London.

Much like GTO’s Testa Rossa and 250 SWB Revival cars, the Short Wheelbase California Spyder is offered with a range of modern engineering enhancements to help make its 60-year-old design suitable for driving regularly in 2021. The Colombo-designed V12 engine can be had with a capacity of 3.0, 3.5 or 4.0 litres and the gearbox can have four or five ratios.

Other changes to the Ferrari recipe include extra torsional rigidity achieved through strengthening the sills, giving the car greater stiffness than the original left Maranello with in 1960. GTO Engineering will even fit a discreet USB port for charging a smartphone, if you so wish. But that’s as far as interior technology goes, instead leaving the beautiful Sixties dials, wooden steering wheel and switchgear intact.

Mark Lyon, founder and managing director of GTO Engineering said: “It’s very exciting to be able to start talking about our latest addition to the Revival series…It is one of, if not, the most iconic Ferrari road car from the Sixties and it’s something we’ve worked hard over recent years to develop…The feedback from both previous and new Revival-series customers is encouraging and we’re looking forward to work with more owners to create their dream car.”

As with GTO’s other Revival cars, the California Spyder can be purchased in a range of colors and with an interior specified by the customer. The vehicle shown here is close in specification to that owned by Coburn (and, latterly, radio DJ Chris Evans, who bought the car for a then-record $10.8m in 2008). But one might instead opt for red paintwork, like California Spyder featured in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

GTO Engineering’s order book is now open and ready to receive the first commissions, with prices ranging from approximately £750,000 ($1m) to £850,000, plus taxes and shipping, depending on specification and the cost of the donor vehicle.

The car will be on GTO’s stand at the ‘Over the Road’ section of the Goodwood Revival, which runs in Sussex, England from 17-19 September.

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