The Rod Tempero Replica ’64 Ferrari Series 2 GTO

The hot vintage car topic on the internet this week has no doubt been the ’64 Ferrari Series 2 GTO since released their video of an original one being flogged by none other than it’s original driver Phil Hill’s son Derek. Then another Rod Tempero Coach Builders-built ’64 replica popped up on e-Bay and was subsequently featured on Considering the current value of an original, it will be interesting to see where this one ends up selling at, but exactly how accurate to a real one is it? How about we take a closer look at the New Zealand custom coach builder on the following page to get a better understanding of how to answer that question…
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As you might imagine, this GTO wasn’t Rod Tempero’s first foray into the vintage car world. His family has been in the custom coach building business since his grandfather started at Coker Motor Bodies in 1932. Since then, Rod has built some of the most exacting replicas of Jaguar D Types and XJ13’s in the business and has also built some equally as impressive replicas of such cars as the Aston Martin DBR2, 59 Ferrari Testarossa, 206 Dino, and California Spyder using a modified 250 GTE chassis as the base, a car which was later tested by Phil Hill for Road & Track Magazine.
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Further creations include an A6 Maserati and a P4 Ferrari replica, to name a few. It all started around 1980 when at the age of 19, Rod was unsatisfied with the rusty pre-owned English sports cars that were in his budget, so he crafted a Jag D Type replica from scratch and drove it as his daily driver until someone came into the shop and bought it on the spot. His reputation for building D Types grew from there and the rest is history.
Legendary drivers such as factory Porsche works driver Vern Schuppan, Bob Akin, and Brian Redding are all names amongst Ron’s customer base, as well as Chad McQueen and drag racer Ash Marshall, who had owned an original D Type in Australia.
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This particular GTO recreation was converted from a numbers matching 1965 Ferrari 330 GTE Series 1, using original Series 2 GTO #4399 as it’s template to copy.
A Colombo 4 liter V12 powers it, along with a 4 speed gearbox with overdrive. It is our understanding that by ’64 Ferrari had upgraded their GTO’s to 5 speeds by then, which raises a few further detail questions.
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While we cannot find any fault to this car’s exquisite workmanship and coach built body, we wonder what the differences are in suspension and chassis between this car and an original GTO. Since the 330 GTE car from which this GTO was created was a street car, was a new body crafted around it’s original chassis, or was a new one created? What exactly are those differences, because we would have to imagine that as a road car it was not the same chassis as the one used for endurance racing, as Ferrari would certainly have designed them both differently more than just shock absorber, spring rate and sway bar diameter differences.
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In any case, it will be interesting to see where this one ends up selling at, given the value of an original is north of $40 million. Taking into consideration that the majority, if not all remaining ’64 GTO’s have been restored with new bodies anyways and so many parts replaced since they originally competed, just how far is this Tempero replica from the ones that were once raced in period other than their VIN tags now? That’s the question of which the answer will be answered shortly once the Ebay auction is over…
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