Recreation Ferrari tops the list at Bonhams

| 28 Feb 2013

A replica Ferrari 250GT SWB is set to top the sale when it crosses the block for an estimated £200-250,000 at Bonhams’ Oxford fixture on 2 March.

To create the machine, a 365GT 2+2 was dismantled and its chassis shortened. Its new aluminium body was, meanwhile, entrusted to a sheet-metal worker with 20 years’ experience with master-craftsman Giovanni Giordanengo.

The mechanicals remain the same, though, with a 4.4-litre V12 engine feeding its power through a five-speed gearbox.

Another exacting copy of a BMW 328 looks se to do well, too.

Originally thought by its present owner to be a genuine example of the iconic two-seater, the 1939 car’s recreation status was only confirmed on the discovery of another example sharing the same chassis number.

Nonetheless, it has had to a nut-and-bolt restoration and, with an estimate of £100-150,000, requires far less outlay than the real thing.

The sale also features numerous original cars for a fraction of the BMW’s cost.

Minis are doing particularly well at the moment and Bonhams offers a 1959 Morris project, estimated to make £6-10,000.  

Number 529 off the production line, it has clocked up just 46,971 miles and has spent more than 35 years in storage.

Another sought-after British classic takes the shape of a 1967 Lotus Elan S3 Drophead for  £6-9,000.

Only 2650 examples of the 115bhp SE were built and this one has been off the road for about 10 years, having been treated to an engine, gearbox and rear-axle rebuild just prior to this. It is described as ‘ripe for restoration’.

The full lot list can be viewed on the Bonham’s website.