McQueen Ferrari goes back to Maranello


The ex-Steve McQueen Ferrari 275GTB4 has returned to the Maranello factory for an extensive (and expensive) makeover.

The King of Cool took delivery of the car in San Francisco while he was working on the movie Bullitt.

Its new owner – aware that it had been converted into a Spider at some point in the 1980s – has now commissioned Ferrari to rebuild it to precisely how it left Italy so it can gain one of the company's certificates of authenticity.

As a result the Ferrari Classiche workshops are now returning the car to its original coupé form, reproducing the roof and buttresses with hand-beaten steel panels.

And that means we have the chance to print some fascinating photos of what a 275GTB4 looks like mid-reconstruction.



Chris Martin

It is reassuring to see Ferrari still care enough about their own classics and their customers wishes - at a price of course.
When it looked as if the legendary company was reduced to making lairy wedges with as many gadgets as possible for rich idiots to trash on the Dubai by-pass while doing their best Clarkson impersonations, this project does the brand no harm at all, likewise Eric Clapton's new one-off.
I will follow progress with interest, can we hope C&SC will do a feature when it is finished?
Chris M.



It will be interesting to see if and what modern technologies will be used for this reconstruction.
A lot of the original panelling must have been handbeaten to fit at the time. Measurements were not as precise then as they are now. Has Ferrari adapted the ways of working there?
Are they using wooden bucks or do they use pressed sheet?
Anyway, my guess is that at the time the bodies came from Scaglietti (?). so Ferrari never built the bodies themselves. Or am I mistaken?

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