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Car Transporter for sale – Renault Midlum 280 dxi
Discreet (Race Car) Transporter for max 4 cars. New Service, tires etc.,…
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FOR SALE – Two Original Ferrari Trucks. Formerly the property of Garage Francorchamps, FIAT 900T and Fiat 238 Ferrari Service Van. Total original, never restored, handpainted (!)
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1993 FERRARI 348 GT COMPETIZIONE
The ex-Oprey car and one of three with racing history
For sale by Jan B. Lühn – Details HERE
• One of 11 built 348 GT Competizione
• One of three cars with period racing history
• Freshly overhauled by Michelotto
• Eligible for the Ferrari Club Competizione GT
Chassis No 84248
The Ferrari 348 was build as a replacement for the 328. It was presented in 1989 and was built until 1995 as a mid-engine V8-powered 2-seat sports car. It was the final V8 model developed under the direction of Enzo Ferrari before his death, commissioned to production posthumously.
Specific history of this car:
Chassis number #84248 is one of 11 cars being hand built by Michelotto in Padua (nine 348 GTCs and two 348 GT LM). From mid 1993 it was for the first time ever possible to purchase a customers competition car directly from Ferrari. Suitable for several top racing series as Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring, these cars would be pitched up against the likes of Porsche’s mighty 911 RSR’s and the Venturi 400.
Michelotto fitted hot 360bhp engines with reconfigured fuel mapping and F40 halfshafts into the GT Competiziones. Also the bodywork was changed, including a Lexan rear window and lightweight alloy panels for the front lid and engine cover. Carbon composite was used for the doors, bumpers and the undertray, supplementary ducts feeding cool air to the rear brakes. The brakes themselves were uprated 15-inch cross-drilled Brembo discs, wider Speedline five-spoke magnesium wheels being typically shod with slick Goodyear tyres. Michelotto uprated the suspension with fully adjustable Koni dampers and anti dive geometry, strengthening gussets having been installed around the engine bay. The cockpits were completely stripped and fitted with an FIA-spec roll cage, OMP race seats and occasionally, electric windows. Just eleven Michelotto Competizione’s were built, most going straight to collectors who rarely chose to race them.
This specific car was purchased new by the well known dutch Ferrari collector Michel Oprey. He raced the car in several races including among others the Ferrari-Porsche-Challenge from ‘94-’96. On the racetrack he later replaced the car with a Ferrari F40 LM but kept the 348 in his private collection.
The previous owner purchased the car directly from Michel Oprey but never really used it. Since we purchased the car, the GTC went straight back to Michelotto for a complete check and partial restoration. The car has now been returned back to the livery of the 90’s when Oprey raced it in the Porsche-Ferrari Challenge the Netherlands and Germany.
It is believed that #84248 is one of only three 348 GT Competizione that really raced in period.
This is a very rare opportunity to purchase of the first factory built Ferrari GT racing cars. These cars are still very competitive in the right hands and the car can be seen as an entry ticket into prestigious events as the official Ferrari Club Competizione GT, the Masters Series or the Global Endurance races organized by Peter Auto.
Ferrari 348 Challenge for sale
Paul Frame and the 1991 Ferrari 348 Challenge Chassis #9215
Details and Pictures here at https://www.classicdriver.com/de/car/ferrari/348/1991/561077
All Details, more Pictures and the contact to the seller: http://www.fchgt.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=959
1994 Ferrari 348 tb Challenge # 098791- Grigio Met. with red interior (the only 348CH in this color)
This is #26 of 32 “Factory Challenge” Ferrari 348 tbs, and is in excellent mechanical condition, having had an engine-out major service completed in April, 2017 by renowned Ferrari specialist, Tim Stanford. Cosmetics are “race car excellent”, with shiny, mostly original paint and straight body with even panel gaps (race livery, including sponsor decals, intact)- one of the benefits of having never sustained any major crash damage! Original OMP “348 Challenge” carbon-kevlar seats reupholstered in red fabric with proper embroidered logos.
Yes, although it is a bit of a “hair shirt”, I’ve driven this car numerous times to/from track days at PBIR, Sebring and Homestead without any issues- other than the noise (from the unsilenced Challenge exhaust) and heat (no a/c, of course, although I do have the components stored if one were inclined to re-install)!
This was a race car since new, having competed in the Ferrari Challenge series in 1994 and 1995 on the Lake Forest Sportscars team, and retains its full Challenge race equipment (including Speedline magnesium Challenge wheels- 8”x18” front, 10”x18” rear), with the following being the only deviations from “as raced” spec:
(1) Upgraded Brembo big brake rotors and calipers
(2) Roll cage side impact bar removed (left in the garage, as I drive this car to/from the track and value ease of ingress/egress)
(3) Toyo R888 “R Compound” race tires substituted for the original Pirelli D3 slicks- again, I drive to/from the track, so full slicks are too risky)
(4) Window net removed (again, left in the garage, as I drive this car to/from the track)
In addition to the items noted above as being stored in the garage, the car also comes with the following spares:
(1) Odyssey race battery
(2) OMP fire bottle
(3) Set of beautiful Fikse wheels, excellent condition (8”x18” front, 10”x18” rear), mounted with Goodyear Eagle F1 tires (old, but with lots of tread)
Includes complete factory tool kit (even the tire inflator bottle is there), leather binder with all books except service booklet, red Ferrari car cover, and a 348 Parts Manual.
Car comes with complete ownership and service history from “Day 1” in a 3-ring binder (including the original window sticker and Warranty Card branded “CHALLENGE”), as well as some, but not all, race history. This is not my first Challenge car, but it has certainly been the best, both mechanically and cosmetically. Unfortunately, age and worsening orthopedic issues dictate that it go to someone who will be able to get more use from it, while preserving a piece of Ferrari Challenge history.
The car is located in Florida, and will be on-track on Thursday during the Cavallino Classic, and otherwise available that weekend if you’d like to see it. Thanks.
Price: $175,000 (Ferrari street car trades of comparable value considered- 3-pedal 430?).
More Details here direct at the sellers website http://www.vdvgrant.be/en/ferrari/348-gtb-challenge
Talk about the car here at the Challenge board http://www.fchgt.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=3
The GTB was the last version of the 348 coupe to be built. Subtle changes were incorporated to improve the styling, suspension geometry, chassis and engine power over the previous 348 TB model. One of only 252 produced this particular GTB chassis 98542 was purchased new in early 1994 by Mr. M Oprey through the famous Dutch Ferrari importer Kroymans. The car was immediately converted to Ferrari Challenge specification using the Ferrari supplied Challenge kit by DLR Tuning in Holland for the 1994 race season. It then raced in the European Ferrari Challenge Championship 1994-1995 without incident. The majority of the original 348 Challenge cars were converted from 348 TB or TS cars making this GTB example extremely rare.
The 348 Challenge cars were the first in the line of the Ferrari Challenge models which are still being produced to this day. As an important part of modern Ferrari history genuine Challenge cars with period racing history are now becoming increasingly sought after. This unmolested car has covered 10,067km and is complete with its original warranty manual, Ferrari supplied 348 Challenge Press photographs/documents and 348 GT Owner’s manual. The 348 Challenge is one of the last Ferraris to offer a pure driving experience with no power assistance or electronic aids; equally at home on the road or on the track.
Ex Paul Newman 1997 Ferrari 355 FERRARI 355 CH CHALLENGE BERLINETTA on ebay
All details and more pics HERE on ebay
WARRANTY Last Road Legal Ferrari Road & Race Car!
“SIX MONTH WARRANTY. RESTORED. Paint, Engine out service and detail, New Leather for Dash, New ”
A UNIQUE & HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT FERRARI with a SIX MONTH WARRANTY!
THE LAST ROAD & TRACK FERRARI THAT FERRARI WILL EVER BUILD.
This car marks the end of the the classic Ferraris that you could legally drive to the track, race and then drive home, like the Ferrari 250GTO, 250LM, 250 TDF, etc.
A unique and special 1997 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta 355CH / 355 Challenge car.
AutoExpress Magazine in the UK ranked the 355 as the second best Ferrari of all time in its Top Ten list, and this 355 CH is the most desirable of all the 355 Ferrari.
The only known fully factory constructed 355 Challenge Car with a Ferrari dealer issued Title. The fact is post-1995 355CH were NOT sold with Titles, making this the only known, factory-built 355 racecar sold with a legitimate Title issued by an authorized Ferrari Dealer .
The Title is signed by a well-known Ferrari figure.
Most 355 Challenge Cars are 1995 models that were sold as regular 355s and then converted by their owners to 355 Challenge cars.
Unlike those cars, this 355 was fully constructed by the Factory as a Challenge car from its inception at the Ferrari factory in Maranello.
Believed to have been driven by Paul Newman at Lime Rock. Ferrari’s Museum displayed the images of Newman and the F355.
This Ferrari has been restored making perhaps best condition 355 CH available anywhere.
Painted the proper Ferrari Gallo using the formula from the classic 275 GT.
New Paint, new livery graphics (removable if purchaser so desires), new leather dash & new leather trim around the rear window, new alcantara headliner, new Pirelli Trofeo tires, all the interior plastic switches were refinished so as to eliminate any of the so-called “sticky” parts. New Challenge set covers were obtained from Italy, including seat cushions, to restore the seats to new looking condition. An engine-out service & detail was performed, seatbelts restored, new windshield (original windshield had a few pit marks), restored wheels, etc.
This racecar has from the factory power mirrors, power windows, traditional analog gauges, premium leather dash and best of all, the classic Ferrari gated shifter.
The 355CH is the last Ferrari racecar that has an actual accelerator cable that connects the gas pedal to the 8 engine throttle bodies. After the 355, Ferrari’s challenge racecars were no longer street drivable road and track cars and they were all paddle shift cars with drive by wire.
Ferrari has just announced its future cars will all be hybrids….and then likely electric. The end of the era is here and this car stands at a truly unique point in Ferrari’s history—the true Enzo Ferrari history.
That’s right, in Ferrari’s glorious history, this is THE VERY LAST Ferrari racecar with the classic Ferrari Gated Manual Shifter, just as Enzo Ferrari had always known when he created Ferrari.
The last Ferrari road and track car built by Ferrari and sold with a street title…..and with a manual gearbox.
This F355CH marks the end of the Enzo Era. There will never be another Ferrari road and track race-car like this ever produced by Ferrari again: A car you can drive to the track, race and drive home, with its power windows and mirrors and an exhaust that sounds better than a Tubi and is completely streetable while making the most beautiful music.
This special Ferrari has a title signed by the owner two factory authorized Ferrari dealerships and the first Ferrari body repair shop in the United States as well as the founder and owner of a championship winning Ferrari Challenge team.
The vast majority of 355 Challenge Cars are 1995 models. These were ordinary 355s converted to Challenge cars by owners who would purchase a kit from dealer that the dealer would then install. They were NOT factory-built racecars.
All 1996 and later 355 Challenge cars were, by order of Ferrari, to be sold MSO (Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin). None were to be sold with Title and thus none were supposed to be usable on the street—except this one!
After 1995 and starting in 1996, Ferrari would no longer be allowed to sell OBD I Ferraris in the United States. Instead every car from 1996 forward would have to be OBD II. However, the Ferrari 355 Challenge Race Series required cars to have OBD I management systems so that all the cars could be essentially the same in the Challenge series. It would have been illegal for Ferrari to sell OBD I 355s from 1996 to 1999, yet more 355 Challenge cars were required for the race series. Thus, the inhouse built 355 Challenge was born as a way to get around the OBD II requirements while still producing more 355 Challenge racecars. Ferrari would build the Challenge racecars in-house. Ferrari would install the OBD I drivetrain and management systems including the OBD I wiring harness etc., in cars built after 1995. This 355 CH is the only known 355CH sold with a road legal title from a Ferrari dealer.
LIMITED WARRANTY: SIX MONTHS OR SIX THOUSAND MILES, WHATEVER COMES FIRST. Wear and tear items, such as brakes, clutch, tires not included. Warranty covers street usage of vehicle not racing of the vehicle. Warranty covers components that fail where failure is not due to driver error.
1995 Ferrari F355 Challenge, street legal, Championship winner
Details and more Pictures: https://www.classicdriver.com/de/car/ferrari/f355/1995/542590
All taxes paied, Car is in Austria. Major technical service done with invoices.
This particular 355 was campaigned extensively (and very successfully) in the North American Challenge Series, from 1997 to 2000. With many first places across the country, throughout its career, it was actually 1st overall, in the 2000 season!
What makes this car even more special however, is the fact that it is titled for road use. A total of just 108 F355 Challenge cars were built (18 of which were right hand drive), making them extremely rare, but finding a road legal example, with a US title, is far rarer still (possibly, one of only two such cars in the US and one of only ten worldwide).
This therefore, represents an unparalleled opportunity to purchase not only one of the rarest examples of the last manual transmission, Ferrari Challenge cars, but also a championship-winning one with a superb racing history!
1997 Ferrari F355 Challenge USA:
Driver: Carlos Hank Jr.
Sebring March 15-16, 5th
Texas World Speedway April 26-27, Race one: 1st, Race two: 2nd
Sears Point May 16-17, 1st
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve June 13-15, 2nd
Lime Rock August 1-2, Race one 2nd, Race two 1st
Las Vegas Motor Speedway September 18-20, 4th
Ferrari Challenge International Finals, Pergusa, Italy November 7-9
Race one 6th, Race two 5th
USA Championship 3rd (1670 pts)
1998 Ferrari F355 Challenge USA:
Driver: Carlos Hank Jr.
Lime Rock June 26-27, Race one 1st, Race two 6th
Road Atlanta August 1-2, Race one 4th, Race two 3rd
Pikes Peak September 19-20, 18th
1999 Ferrari F355 Challenge USA:
Color changed to Argento, car number 69
Driver: Christian Briggs
Willow Springs March 5-7, 11th
Sebring March 19-21, 9th
Homestead April 16-18, Race one 19th, Race two 15th, Enduro 3rd
Lime Rock June 25-27, Race one 16th, Race two 14th, Enduro 8th
Road Atlanta August 6-8, Race one 7th, Race two 18th, Enduro 5th
Laguna Seca October 9-10, 15th
USA Championship 10th (tie), Endro 5th
2000 Ferrari F355 Challenge USA:
Driver: Christian Briggs
Homestead April 9, 1st
Pikes Peak April 29, 1st
Road Atlanta May 19, 13th (fastest qualifier 1:34.944/95.551mph)
Road Atlanta May 20, 1st
Road Atlanta May 21, Enduro 11th
Montreal June 18, 6th (F355)
Lime Rock July 14th, 3rd
Road America August 5-6, Race one 1st, Race two 1st
Indianapolis Motor Speedway September 23-24, Race one 2nd (F355), Race two 6th (F355)
USA Championship 1st overall, Enduro 13th overall
World finals Mugello, Italy December 18, 1st
It has just completed a full, engine-out service at a cost of over $19,000 and is consequently ready to enjoy on the road & track immediately!
Please ask for more…
Ferrari 355 Challenge – Ferrari Official Certification
Details and more pictures HERE
1995 Ferrari F355 Challenge – street legal
Details and more Pictures HERE
The Ferrari F355 Berlinetta was introduced at the 1994 Geneva Motor Show; the highly demanded successor to the now ageing 348. The 355 was not only a stark improvement stylistically on the 348, but it also saw a number of technical improvements, such as power steering and electronically controlled damping.
The F355 name referred to the new 3.5-litre V8 engine with 5 valves per cylinder; a unit capable of propelling the beautiful Pininfarina-styled body to 60mph in under 5 seconds and top speed in excess of 180 mph. Further, the motor is responsible for what remains today one of the finest engine notes ever to come from Maranello.
In 1995, Ferrari revealed a race-spec F355 Challenge model to be used specifically in the Ferrari Challenge race series. This involved a $30,000 factory-to-dealer upgrade kit. This upgrade package encompassed a large number of modifications to the standard F355 Berlinetta including a roll-cage, bucket seats, competition steering wheel, lightweight exhaust, rear wing, competition clutch, competition springs, and a lightened front bumper.
The F355 Challenge was also given new 18″ Speedline magnesium wheels that were wrapped in Pirelli racing slicks, whilst upgraded Brembo brakes, carried over directly from the F40 helped improve the car’s stopping power.
Just 108 original F355 Challenge cars were produced in total, all fitted with the iconic 6-speed gated manual transmission. The car we are delighted to offer is an EU supplied example that raced within the Ferrari Challenge series for Team Ferrari Eberlein with the Gentleman driver Dieter Weigl. The car benefitted from a full engine out service at an official Ferrari Dealer in Austria with invoice in October 2015. The car is also fully street legal, making it a great opportunity to obtain a highly collectable Ferrari that can be enjoyed thoroughly on both the road and track!
1995 Ferrari F355 Challenge for sale at Ferrari Houston TX
Price is US$ 179.995
More details and pictures HERE
1995 Ferrari 355 Challenge
Asking Price is EUR 195.000,–
Direkt link to the sale: http://www.cocmotors.com/carsellers/ferrari-355-challenge/
Ferrari F355 Berlinetta Challenge
Direkt link to the sale HERE
Asking is EUR 210.000,–
Rare kind of F355 B Challenge! Only 108 were made. It was racing the Ferrari Challenge races between 1998 to 2001. It was being reviewed by Ferrari receiver before every race. All data can be reviewed with Ferrari company. It is accident free and as good as new. Located in Czech Republic, this car was racing with Czech racing pilots.
1998 Ferrari F355 Challenge “Evoluzione”
See more Details, Pictures and talk about the Ferrari HERE at the Challenge board
Serial Number – 111869…
1998 Ferrari F355 Challenge – Factory Challenge “Type A – Evoluzione” – 1 of 40 in the world
6-Speed Gated Manual Transmission
Original Color – Blue Pozzi in 1998
Double Orange Stripes added in 1999
Painted Nero with Double Silver Stripes in 2003
VIN – ZFFXR41A0W0111869
1. It’s one of the most heavily, and famously, sponsored Ferrari F355 Challenge Cars in the North American Series. It’s sponsors included:
a. Discovery Channel – John Hendricks
b. Speedvision – Roger Werner – became Speed Channel then Fox Sports
c. STARZ!, BET, Encore Media, Showtime, The Movie Channel – John Sie
d. Commscope – Frank Drendel – designs and builds the connectivity for many of the world’s most advanced cable and internet networks.
e. General Instrument – specializing in semiconductors and cable television equipment – past CEO was Donald Rumsfeld… / Acquired by Google then Arris
f. Antec – John Egan – pioneered development of optical products for the cable television industry / Acquired Nortel then changed name to Arris
2. Original owner / driver was Tim Robertson of Virginia Beach, VA – The Family Channel CEO, Co-founder of Major League Lacrosse, and son of evangelist minister and presidential candidate Pat Robertson
3. Car is a factory built Challenge Car and is one of 40 Final Evoluzione versions – authentically restored with all original parts and correct livery.
4. Fully documented race history, maintenance and ownership history.
5. Very well maintained example – It has a new gas tank and all new fuel lines – those two simple items should tell you plenty on it’s current condition and caretakers.
6. Lower mileage example
7. No leaks or drips. No Check Engine Lights. No Slowdown Lights.
8. Honest, knowledgable Seller, and regular on Ferrarichat.com with multiple F355 in the same garage
Car has the following Upgrades
1. Steel Valve Guides
2. Factory Challenge Exhaust (designed similarly to a tubi) – also includes a second original Straight-Pipe Challenge Exhaust (the very loud one)
3. Fabspeed straight pipes without bypass valve
4. All Plastic Parts (that are known to get sticky) have been refinished and restored with lazer-etched , proper graphics by Sticky RX.
5. Carbon Fiber Door Panels
6. Lightweight Headlight Buckets
7. Wired with roof antenna for radio communication capability
1. Minor rock chips on nose and 2” crack on front bumper from track curbing
2. Typical buttress cracks seen on all F355 berlinetta’s
3. One rear heat shield over cv boot is worn and should be replaced
4. Undertray fiberglass has some chips from track curbing
5. Leather pulling on dash instrument pod
6. Rear Window is curved Plexi – some might call that a pro as it is lighter weight and cannot crack
7. Does not include headlights or headlight motors (rules allowed deleting these items for racing)
8. Horn does not operate
9. Has correct North American Turn Signals but they do not do not operate – (rules allowed deleting these items for racing)
Detailed Maintenance History
1. Replaced Engine – Foreign Cars Italia – at Road Atlanta using the North American Ferrari Service Truck – August 1998 – Foreign Cars Italia
2. Rebuilt Gearbox – March 1999 – Ferrari of Atlanta
3. Replace Clutch and Flywheel – June 1999 – Ferrari of Atlanta
4. Replace Windshield – October 2002 – Ferrari of Atlanta
5. Engine Out / Belts – April 2005 – Lake Forest Sportscars
6. Engine Out / Belts – December 2009 – Lake Forest Sportscars
7. Brake Rotors / Pads – January 2011 – Lake Forest Sportscars
8. Replaced all Fuel lines / hoses / gas tank / Fire suppression system – January 2012 – Lake Forest Sportscars
9. Engine Out / Belts – February 2015 – Lake Forest Sportscars
1. Tim Robertson – Virginia Beach, Virginia – Feb 1998 thru March 2001, Media CEO and son of evangelist minister and presidential candidate Pat Robertson, also owner of Ferrari 360 Challenge raced in the series
2. Bob Mayer – Atlanta, Georgia – March 2001 thru May 2003, raced in the SCCA Atlanta T1 series, owner of Ferrari F355 Berlinetta
3. Gary Kachadurian – Chicago, Illinois – May 2003 thru Sept 2004, real estate magnet – multiple Ferrari owner including 512tr, F355 berlinetta and others
4. Rick Mancuso – Chicago, Illinois – October 2004 thru January 2011, President of Lake Forest Sportscars – an official Ferrari dealer in Chicago, multiple Ferrari owner of many rare street and race cars. Is an original sponsor of the Ferrari Challenge Series
5. Ken Griffin – Chicago, Illinois – February 2011 thru February 2015, CEO of global investment firm “Citadel”, multiple Ferrari owner including LaFerrari, Enzo, etc…
6. Robb Williamson and his brother – February 2015 to Present –Corporate Location Photographer and Doctor, owners of other Ferrari F355 Berlinetta, Ferrari F355 GTS, Ferrari 328 GTS.
Additional Items Included
1. OEM Speedline Challenge Rims in silver with slicks currently on the car (used one weekend) – Extra spare Set of OEM Speedline Challenge Rims in silver (without tires) to use for additional slicks or rain tires
2. OEM Window Safety Netting and mount
3. OEM OMP Fire Extinguisher Tank
4. OEM Leather owner’s pouch with all books, manuals, and papers – 1998
5. Scanned OEM Challenge Rules and Regulation booklets for 1998, 1999, and 2000 seasons
6. One OEM Key – one aftermarket copy
7. Two OEM A.E. Lorioli keychain – 1998
8. Original Leather Key Fob from Foreign Cars Italia – 1998
9. OEM steering wheel cover, two seat covers, and red nylon carry bag – aftermarket red car cover to fit over wing
10. OEM emergency service light
11. OEM Leather stereo blank plate installed in car
12. Original History Monograph with all complete scanned race records and team paperwork
13. Original Team crew Shirt from Race Team
14. Original T-Shirt from Race Team
15. OEM F355 Press Kit Brochure
16. OEM F355 Leather tool case – missing some tools and 2 trays
17. Binder with Hard Copies of all maintenance service records
18. B&W Xerox Copy of MSO (Manufacturer Statement of Origin – Certificate of Origin of Vehicle)
19. USB thumb drive with digital copies of all history and records
20. IN-car video of training sessions
21. Digital copy of Montreal Challenge Race in 1998 with letter documentation
22. Historic Photos of car racing in Ferrari Challenge series
23. Current Photos of Car on track
You will find very few Ferrari Challenge cars anywhere in the world more complete. Few F355 Challenge cars come up for sale in a year. When you see one, look closely for what it is “not” coming with. Look at all the parts that are not original or what it is missing. Many of the cars in the US ran in the SCCA racing series and lost much originality with changes to the car because of their different regulations. Then look to see if the car looks like rats have made it home with owners that just did not care and put away very wet without much care. You will find many challenge cars in this condition. It will take quite a lot of money to bring them back and that is just the aesthetics. All the small things add up. We have seen other challenge cars with mechanical difficulties due to lack of use and owner neglect. I’d think most buying a Ferrari for the track would love it to run like an industrial sewing machine – one that just purs and goes and goes, and goes without issues. If a car is missing parts – they are likely to never be seen again. Then there is the question about the car’s sponsorship. Was it sponsored by a local dentist or did it have backing like The Discovery Channel, Speedvision, and major Cable Entertainment Channels? It would seem that the latter is likely to look great anywhere and will continue to hold interest and demand throughout the future. Does the car have interesting history? Do you know what place it finished or is there no clue as to it’s original driver and their story of how they got involved in the series?
So if you are looking for a complete car and one that you can proudly put in your collection, look no further. We started with a good Ferrari – it is now a great Ferrari. It’s now up to the new owner to pick and choose how to enjoy. The sky is the limit.
F355 Challenge car values seem to float around $130k for a car without history – these are usually missing many original challenge parts like seats, the roll cage, brakes, etc – or one that looks like it has sat with the rats and was put away very wet. There is a huge difference between the lower priced cars and the higher priced cars. There is also a difference in value for the Factory Challenge cars and Evolutione cars which are rarer in number. The nice cars have been sold for as high as $245,000 to collectors in Europe in recent history.
This car is priced firmly at $185,000 based on completeness of records, parts, and famous corporate sponsorship. We are open to trade(s) of other Ferrari’s or challenge cars.
The car comes with a B&W Xerox copy of the MSO (Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin). Depending on different states or countries, this may enable a collector to register the car for street driving. We are still working with the original driver who is searching his storage for the original document. – But the car is definitely better suited on track with its precise, and tight suspension, lower ground clearance, and other track focused features. It shines on the track and will leave many newer street Ferrari’s in the dust there.
If you are a collector and want a Challenge car with unique history and fame, then look no further and just enjoy. Contact me for further information.
Full Race History
1998 Ferrari Challenge Season
Tim Robertson – # 91
April 25-26 – Homestead, FL
Race One – 15th
Race Two – 15th
Endurance Challenge – 5th
May 9-10, 1998 – Texas World Speedway, TX
Race One – 18th
June 5-7, 1998 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Race One – 18th
June 26-27, 1998 – Lime Rock Park, CT
Race One – 16th
Race Two – 14th
Endurance Challenge – 14th
August 1-2, 1998 – Road Atlanta, GA
Race One – DNS
Race Two – DNS
Endurance Race – DNS
Septmber 19-20, 1998 – Pikes Peak International Raceway, CO
Race One – DNS
Race Two – DNS
Endurance Race – DNS
November 7-8, 1998 – Imola, Italy
Did not attend
1998 Season Final Drivers Standings – 21st with 260 points
1998 Season Endurance Challenge Championship – 16th
1999 Ferrari Challenge Season
Tim Robertson – # 91 – Ferrari of Atlanta
Race One – 10th
Race Two – 10th
Endurance Race – 5th
March 5-7, 1999 – Willow Springs, CA
Race One – 16th
March 19-21, 1999 – Sebring FL
Race One – 12th
April 16-18, 1999 – Homestead, FL
Race One – 14th
Race Two – 10th
Endurance Race – 9th
June 25-27, 1999 Lime Rock Park, CT
Race One – 20th
Race Two – 18th
Endurance Race – 6th – Tim Robertson / Matt Drendel
August 6-8, 1999 – Road Atlanta, GA
Race One – 11th
Race Two – 9th
Endurance Race – 6th
October 9-10, 1999 – Laguna Seca, Salinas, CA
Race One – 22nd
November 5-7, 1999 – Vallelunga, Rome, Italy
Did not attend
December 3-5, 1999 – Homestead, Florida
Challenge Enduro 6-hour race – Tim Robertson raced in the # 77 car with Jim McCormick, Sandy Reddin, and Allie Ash – 4th
1999 Season Final Drivers Standings – 9th
1999 Season Endurance Challenge Championship – 3rd
1999 Season Dealer Championship – 4th
1999 Season Dealer Endurance Championship – 2nd
2000 Ferrari Challenge Season
Tim Robertson – # 16
May 19, 2000 – Road Atlanta, GA
Race One – 8th
Race Two – 5th
Joe Masessa / Michael Louli / Philip Shearer – # 16 – Ferrari of Atlanta
29 Nov -3 Dec, 2000 – Homestead, FL
Challenge Enduro 6-hour race / race concluded early for safety concerns with 17 360’s and 5 F355’s – 12th overall
Street legal Ferrari F355 challenge for sale
See more Details and the contact HERe at the board
Model: 355 Challenge
In a nutshell, not going to bore you with a novel, if you want a 355 Challenge you know this car.
Car is Black now as it won the Championship in 2013
Located in Los Angeles, California
Originally the car was white, special ordered with the brightest white leather interior, carpeting (ala Miami Vice Testorossa) for the owner of World Wide Motors in Rockland County NY.
Comes with original super white door panels and center console. Lots of the original parts also, too many to list.
Car delivered to Wide World of Motors, Spring Valley NY with incorrect Cyl heads (348). car sent back to Ferrari Italy for engine “correction” Then proceeded to win in the Challenge series.
1996-7 Tom Papadopoulos – F355 Challenge Champion (Wide World of Motors Campaigned)
1998-2001 Kurt Carlson
2007-2013 Greg Griffin. F355 Challenge Champion 2013 (Speedworks Campaigned, extensive paperwork )
This car is unrestored 100% race patina from years of Challenge Racing, no leather smell here just the pheromones of Champions. This may be the last un molested true race car from that era. Ready for a Museum or continue gentleman racing
Car has been and continues to be titled, street registered in the USA. One of the original 32 to still fly it’s true colors as intended.
Car is a blast to drive, I still take it to the track stretching its legs as intended by Ferrari and street drive to special events locally.
$249k or interesting trades
1999 Ferrari 360 Modena N-GT/GT2
Asking Price is EUR 400.000,–
Details an mnore photos HERE
This stunning 360 Modena, prepared to N-GT specs – later renamed GT2 (same as the car which won the 2001 FIA GT World Championship with Pescatori/Terrien), has a very successful racing history in Italy, regularly driven to the top spot of the podium by gentleman driver Franco Putelli.
Regularly maintained by a former Ferrari factory mechanic, the car is in perfect running order, ready to offer you the greatest adrenalin kick of your life.
All Details and more pics here at ClassicDriver
The Ferrari F430 shared its aluminum chassis with the 360 that preceded it, but its Pininfarina-penned styling charted a new course for Maranello. The F430 channeled Ferrari’s past designs with taillights from the Enzo, Testarossa-like side mirrors that stretched out from its A-pillars, and ducts integrated into its sides and front fascia akin to 1960s Formula 1 cars. Pininfarina’s Frank Stephenson is credited with the F430’s striking design.
Though its styling was eye-catching, the F430’s big newsmaker at its debut at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show was under its glass engine cover. The F430 marked the first use of Ferrari’s new dual overhead camshaft, 32-valve V-8 engine, codenamed F136 E. The 90-degree V-8 was co-developed with Maserati, but Maranello’s version got its own 180-degree flat-plane crankshaft. Chain-driven camshafts replaced rubber belts in the automaker’s previous eight-cylinder. The new, modern V-8 was the first clean-sheet design for Ferrari in about half a century. The new engine sent its approximately 490 hp to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual transmission or the automaker’s six-speed F1 gearbox.
It did not take long for Ferrari to take the wraps off a GT2 racing version of the F430. Developed with longtime racing partner Michelotto Automobili, the F430 GTC was eligible for American Le Mans Series racing, the Le Mans Series, the FIA GT Championship, and even the 24 Hours of Le Mans!
The F430 GTC made use of a downsized 4.0-liter version of the new V-8 in order to comply with FIA rules. The F430 GTC’s engine was rated at 470 hp, but its impressive power-to-weight ratio meant it was significantly faster than the 550-hp F430 GT3. A six-speed sequential-shift transmission put power to the wheels in rapid fashion.
The F430 GTC featured a big rear wing with an integrated Gurney flap to enhance the design’s already impressive downforce plus carbon fiber body panels to reduce weight. Race cars rode on 18-inch center-lock lightweight wheels wrapped in Michelin racing slicks rather than the 19-inch wheels with Pirelli tires on street cars. While the road-going F430 debuted adjustable dampers could be tweaked via a knob on its steering wheel, the F430 GTC’s suspension retained garage-only adjustment. Noting the difference between the street F430 and the F430 GTC during a test at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah in 2012, Road & Track wrote that the two Ferraris “are like shades of red: in a similar family, yes, but totally different.”
The F430 GTC got off to a strong start by winning the FIA GT2 Manufacturers’ Cup and Drivers’ title in 2006 and 2007, the ALMS GT2 Manufacturers’ Title in 2007, and it won the GT2 class at Le Mans in 2008. Ultimately, the F430 GTC made Ferrari a dominant force in GT racing, and this has continued with the 458 GT2 and 488 GTE. Including the 430 GTC prototype (chassis 2404) that is also owned by us, it is believed that approximately 53 examples were built in total.
Specific history of this car:
The featured car, chassis 2642 can seen as one of the very first Ferrari Works cars. It was entered by the Piacenza based team AF Corse of Amato Ferrari, who until today runs all the Ferrari Works cars in the WEC championship.
The car was first entered in the 2009 FIA GT championship with the two star drivers Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander. Bruni today is known as one of the most successful GT drivers ever!
Date Event Drivers Result
7 Apr 2009 FIA GT Test Paul Richard Bruni/Vilander unknown
3 May 2009 Tourist Trophy Silverstone Bruni/Vilander 11th
16 May 2009 FIA GT Adria Bruni/Vilander 2nd
21 Jun 2009 FIA GT Oschersleben Bruni/Vilander 1st
26 Jul 2009 24h Spa-Francorchamps Bruni/Vilander/Melo/Perez-Companc 1st
30 Aug 2009 FIA GT Hungaroring Bruni/Vilander 2nd
20 Sep 2009 FIA GT Algarve Bruni/Vilander 6th
4 Oct 2009 FIA GT Paul Richard Bruni/Vilander 1st
After the 2009 season Ferrari – AF Corse won the Team Championship as well as the Manufacturers Cup with #2642. A huge success for Ferrari and drivers Bruni/Vilander!
For 2010 and 2011 the car was mainly entered in the very popular International and Italian GT Championship:
18 Apr 2010 Int. GT Open Valencia Talkanitsa/Talkanitsa Race 1: 22nd, Race 2: 14th
25 Apr 2010 Italian GT Misano Aguas/Garafano Race 1: 6th, Race 2: DNF
2 May 2010 Int. GT Open Nürburgring Talkanitsa/Talkanitsa Race 1: 14th, Race 2: 17th
9 May 2010 Italian GT Vallelunga Aguas/Garafano Race 1: 1st, Race 2: 3rd
23 May 2010 Int. GT Open Imola Talkanitsa/Talkanitsa Race 1: 17th, Race 2: 20th
6 Jun 2010 Italian GT Magione Aguas/Garafano Race 1: 5th, Race 2: 1st
27 Jun 2010 Int. GT Open Spa Talkanitsa/Talkanitsa Race 1: 11th, Race 2: 9th
4 Jul 2010 Italian GT Imola Cadei/Garafano Race 1: 3rd, Race 2: DNF
11 Jul 2010 Int. GT Open Magny-Cours Talkanitsa/Talkanitsa Race 1: 9th, Race 2: 10th
25 Jul 2010 Italian GT Mugello Cadei/Garafano Race 1: 7th, Race 2: DNF
19 Sep 2010 Int. GT Open Brands Hatch Talkanitsa/Talkanitsa Race 1: 11th, Race 2: 8th
26 Sep 2010 Italian GT Vallelunga Rangoni/Garafano Race 1: DNF, Race 2: DNF
3 Oct 2010 Int. GT Open Monza Talkanitsa/Talkanitsa Race 1: 12th, Race 2: 8th
24 Oct 2010 Italian GT Monza Rangoni/Garafano Race 1: 2nd, Race 2: DNF
31 Oct 2010 Int. GT Open Barcelona Talkanitsa/Talkanitsa Race 1: 13th, Race 2: DNF
21 Nov 2010 6h Vallelunga Mapelli/Garafano/Rangoni 1st
1 May 2011 Int. GT Open Imola Rangoni/Garafano Race 1: 2nd, Race 2: DNF
15 May 2011 Int. GT Open Magny Cours Rangoni/Garafano Race 1: 7th, Race 2: 5th
26 Jun 2011 Int. GT Open Spa Rangoni/Garafano Race 1: DNF, Race 2: 3rd
24 Jul 2011 Int. GT Open Brands Hatch Rangoni/Garafano Race 1: 7th, Race 2: 2nd
28 Aug 2011 Int. GT Open Zeltweg Rangoni/Garafano Race 1: 4th, Race 2: 9th
18 Sep 2011 Int. GT Open Algarve Rangoni/Garafano Race 1: 6th, Race 2: 15th
After its active, professional racing career the car was sold by AF Corse to an amateur racer and collector. The car was then mainly used for club racing or track days within Europe. It was subsequently restored back to its 2009 championship winning spec and underwent the Ferrari Classiche certification program.
The car will now be sold with a very interesting and valuable spares package, the Ferrari Classiche red book and well as some period documentation.
This is a rare opportunity to purchase a real piece of Ferrari racing history that is also eligible for the Ferrari Club Competizioni GT, the Masters series of the Peter Auto series only to mention a few.
2006 430 GT2 for sale in France
– 2006 Ferrari F430 GT2 – Chassis 2450…
This Ferrari F430 GT2 has a huge racing history. It was raced in:
– 2006 FIA GT driven by Peter Kutemann, Antoine Gosse and JP Malcher
– 2007 Le Mans Series
– 2008 Le Mans Series, 24h du Mans (4th in its category)
– Various races in 2009 (Winter Series, Le Mans Series), 2010 and 2011
(full racing history is available upon request).
This F430 GT2 was in the same ownership since new and was raced and serviced by JMB.
The engine has been overhauled by Michelotto in November 2012 and a shakedown has been completed two weeks later. The car never raced since.
This F430 GT2 is for sale with a spare engine and some spare parts.
Ferrari F430 Challenge for sale by DK Engineering
Direct link to DK Engineering
Ferrari created the F430 Challenge, a track only variant of the hugely popular F430, to boost its on circuit performance by extensive weight reduction and suspension changes. Just like in previous Ferrari Challenge cars the engine has largely remained the same as on the production road cars. The F430 challenge does however, breathe a little easier by means of a racing exhaust system. Some engine management tweaks and fine blueprinting increase the power too. The body styling has received very few styling changes with just the Formula One inspired single centre lock BBS wheels hiding enormous carbon brakes.
This 2008 factory built Challenge car has had just 3 owners from new. The first two owners used the car for track days only however with the third owner the car was entered in a select few rounds of the Ferrari Pirelli Open where it was most successful and scored a couple of class wins. Following this and with just 9,000 kms covered DK sold the car in 2016 to the current owner as part of his stable of Ferrari race cars.
In the current custodians ownership the car has been professionally stored and maintained by DK Engineering with a no expense spared mantra as evidenced by invoices on file totalling in excess of £25,000 in the current ownership. Used sparingly for a handful of track days, it participated in two rounds of the up and coming, AMOC GT Challenge series in 2017. At both rounds the car scored outright wins, and latterly at Silverstone, a “perfect weekend” of Pole Position, Overall Race Win and fastest lap.
The car has always been maintained with a cavalier regard for expense and as such is in superb and “on the button” condition. It has had the necessary upgrades and is fitted with the essential upgrade FF Corse Aero-Kit; it is accompanied by a comprehensive spares package including 8 spare wheels and tyres. The car is instantly eligible and competitive for the new international Ferrari Club Racing Series, the AMOC GT Challenge and for the Global Endurance legends series which is fast gathering pace, a trip to the Red Bull Ring for the Ferrari only “Challenge and GT days” event would also be an opportunity for the new owner.
Ferrari 430 Challenge for sale in Italy
2006 Ferrari F430 Challenge for sale in US
MILEAGE: 13,987 KMS
This 2006 Ferrari 430 Challenge is the winner of the 2012 Forza CCR Championship. The car’s body is in almost perfect shape underneath wrap, and is painted its original black color. The engine has been fully refreshed, and currently has only 1 race since rebuild (9/2016). Total car Km’s is 13,987, and the current clutch wear is 27.89%. The car has been meticulously maintained by our championship winning race team, and the current owner has spared no expense in maintaining this car. The car is free of any tub damage, and has never been in any major on track incidents.
The car is fitted the following:
- Capristo steel brake conversion
- Full Capristo GT hedders and straight pipe exhaust
- Full carbon GT Front bumper/splitter & Wing
- Upgraded aluminum radiators
- K & N air filters
- Cool suit system
- Traqmate telemetry data system
- Radio wiring
The car comes with (2) sets of spare wheels
Ferrari F430 GT3 for sale in Germany
Talk about the car HERE at the board
The Ferrari F 430 Challenge Trasformata GT3 has been delivered by Ferrari to
Ferrari F430 GT2 Evo for sale in FL
Direct link to Ferrari FL HERE
2006 FERRARI F430 GTC EVO
Ferrari F430 GT2
Direct link to ClassicDriver
This Ferrari F430 GT2 #2480 only raced into one meeting, during Interlagos 2007 meeting. This car was raced and serviced by JMB Racing team. She has never been crashed and she stayed after that in museum.
#2480 has been prepared and overhauled in 2018 by Michelotto (file available upon request).
Eligible in the Global Endurance Legends (Peter Auto) and Aston Martin Endurance Racing Legends (Masters Historic Racing).
2011 Ferrari 458 Challenge RM Sothebys Auction London
- Offered from the collection of David L Mason O.B.E.
- Overall winner of the 2014 & 2015 Britcar Endurance Championships
- Upgraded with the FF Corse Evo 2 kit
The Ferrari Challenge series was launched in 1993 as a way of giving amateur drivers the opportunity to experience the thrill of motor racing on some of the most iconic circuits around the world with dealership and factory support. It has grown into a global programme with separate series in the UK, Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific and remains the longest-running single-marque racing series in existence.
To date there have been six ‘Challenge’ models, and the 458 Italia Challenge was the fifth offered by Ferrari for the series, replacing the 430 Challenge which had been campaigned since 2007. Much like its predecessors, the 458 Challenge was largely based upon its road-going sibling, the 458 Italia, albeit with a plethora of optimisations for use on the track.
Conspicuously and perhaps in recognition of just how potent the road car was, the 4.5-litre, naturally aspirated V-8 engine remained largely untouched, still producing 570 bhp at 9,000 rpm. Only minor tweaks to the gear ratios and recalibration of the dual-clutch F1 gearbox were deemed necessary for the track version, and even then only to improve low-range torque to improve drivability on the circuits.
However, significant changes were made to the chassis, bodywork, and interior of the car. To begin with, the car was put on a serious diet, with the thickness of the aluminium bodywork reduced and in certain areas replaced with carbon-fibre panels. In addition, the glass windows and windscreen were replaced with polycarbonate alternatives. Complementing the weight savings were changes to the suspension setup of the car. Stiffer, shorter springs and light alloy dampers replaced their road-going counterparts and permitted a lowering of the car by two inches. At the same time, solid steel motorsport bushings took the place of conventional rubber items and lightweight 19-inch forged wheels wrapped in Pirelli slick tyres completed the entirely track-focussed configuration. The effect of the changes was summed up by Road & Track when they back-to-back tested the 458 Italia and 458 Challenge in 2011: ‘Put simply, stepping out of a 458 road car and into the Challenge car seems like a totally different world…this is an all-business race car.’
The 458 Challenge was also the first in the series to offer drivers the assistance of F1-Trac stability control, with three modes permitting progressively more traction-control assistance from the onboard electronics to aid less experienced drivers in low-grip conditions. Naturally, the interior is an entirely no-frills affair—fully stripped out with fixed racing bucket seats, six-point harnesses, FIA-approved roll cage, and a digital instrument cluster.
This particular example has one of the richest racing histories of any 458 Challenge, having won the overall 2014 and 2015 Britcar Endurance championships at the hands of the owner and Calum Lockie, the only car to have ever won back-to-back Britcar championships; astonishingly, its first championship was won by a single point. It also benefits from having been run and maintained by marque experts FF Corse of Silverstone and features the 2014 FF Corse Evo 2 kit and respective aerodynamic upgrades. It is offered for sale freshly prepared for its next owner to enjoy, and it would make a fantastic addition to a collection focussed on Challenge Ferraris or as an entrant into club racing.
Ferrari 458 GT3 for sale in GB
RossoVerde Racing Team Parts inventory sale
As part of an end of season re-organisation of the team at its headquarters in the UK , RossoVerde is offering for sale its surplus stock of parts for the F360 and F430 models, in both Challenge and GT3 format. The current RossoVerde F458 is being prepared and campaigned in Australia. A basic website has been created with photos, prices, part numbers…, and descriptions of the new and used parts, mostly genuine Ferrari and Kessel.
2011 Ferrari 458 GT2 for sale in Italy
Recent Competition History
- Class: FIA GT2
- Engine Builder: FERRARI
- Manufacturer: FERRARI
- Type: 458 GT2
- Displacement: 4498
- Manfacturer: HEWLAND
- Brakes: BREMBO
- Wheels: BBS
- Color/Finish: BLACK
- WHEELS & SPARE PAKAGE AVAILABLE
488 Challenge – Brand New – Zero Mileage – Passenger Seat Fitted
All details and more pics HERE
The 488 Challenge has multiple aerodynamic changes over a standard car. Whereas in previous years a 430 Challenge may have only be differentiated by its wheels externally, the 488 has among other changes, a different front bumper, bonnet, side vents and most noticeable, a large rear spoiler
The long standing successes of the Ferrari Challenge Series have helped see the continued development of both road and race going variants since. With its origins in 1993, the series sought to offer Ferrari customers an introduction to racing through a single-marque race series. Starting with the 348, development has seen interations of the 360, 430, 458 and now a Challenge offering of their latest and greatest road car yet, the 488 GTB.
The 488 Challenge is the first turbocharged model to compete in the Ferrari Challenge series, and as a result, also the most powerful Challenge car to date. Closely related to the road going variant, the 488 Challenge boasts the same 670hp 3.9litre V8 as the road car. Ferrari have however, made some changes to the engine mapping as well as swapping in shorter ratios to the twin-clutch gearbox.
Ferrari says that with these changes in place, the Challenge car can go from a standstill to maximum revs in fourth gear in just 6.0 seconds. Ferrari notably re-calibrated the 488’s electronic driver aids, adding a two-phase control system for the traction control. With the Ferrari Challenge designed to be an approachable start to motorsport, the system offers one knob on the steering wheel which allows the driver to set when the system will intervene, and a second regulates the aggressiveness of intervention.
Ferrari also gave the 488 Challenge a more aggressive aerodynamics package inspired by the 488 GTE, a race car built with professionals in mind. The 488 Challenge has multiple aerodynamic changes over a standard car. Whereas in previous years a 430 Challenge may have only be differentiated by its wheels externally, the 488 has among other changes, a different front bumper, bonnet, side vents and most noticeable, a large rear spoiler. The 488 Challenge is quoted as lapping the Fiorano test track with a recorded time of 1 minute 15.5 seconds.
This example was delivered new to the UK in 2018 and has never been raced or turned a wheel in anger. It is currently wrapped in a Tricolore livery, and has had the extremely rare optional extra passenger seat fitted. Perfect for track day use or indeed a full blown assault on the Ferrari challenge.
2016 Ferrari F488GT3 Kaspersky
Link to the sale HERE
For sale Orginal Ferrari F488GT3 Kaspersky, built in 2016
Chassismileage: 19’750 km
Engine and transmission 7’500 km.
Vehicle is ready to race and in very good condition. This vehicle drove the 24h from Spa 2017, with which J. Calado was able to pull out the pole. The other two drivers are true G. Fisichella, M. Cioci.
This Ferrari F488GT3 belongs to a Ferrari enthusiast who races professionally or wants to add to his collection historically significant racing cars.
2001 Ferrari 550 GT1
A fully original 550 GT1 comin soon for sale at Jan B. Luehn
RM Sothebys London Sale – 2006 Maserati MC12 GT1
For sale at RM Sothebys Auction London. Details and more pictures HERE
- Offered from the Autobau Collection
- Purchased new and actively campaigned in GT1 events by its current owner
- Finished 14th overall and 3rd in GT1 Class in 2007 ALMS Road America 500
- Finished 19th overall and 2nd in GT1 Class in 2007 ALMS Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta
- Eligible for Masters Endurance Legends and Endurance Racing Legends events
After decades of under-investment, Maserati’s takeover by Ferrari in 1999 heralded an exciting new era for the Modenese firm, as well as the reintroduction of the illustrious name to the international motor-racing arena after an absence of almost four decades. The liberalisation of the FIA GT Championship regulations in 2004 was to the advantage of small-volume supercar manufacturers, and the decision was taken to produce 50 Maserati MC12 Stradales—utilising the Ferrari Enzo chassis and engine as its basis—to enable the homologation of the MC12 GT1 racing variant.
The GT1 featured a sequential gearbox in place of the Stradale’s semi-automatic unit and a 31.2 mm air restrictor as required by the rules, and it was some 250 kg lighter than its road-going counterpart. It was an immediate success, scoring its maiden FIA GT Championship win in only its second race and securing both Drivers’ and Teams’ crowns every year from 2006 until 2010. A Maserati Corse-entered version had contested the 2005 American Le Mans Series, although it had not been eligible to score championship points due to an ongoing dispute surrounding its homologation.
This particular car, chassis no. 24053, was delivered new to the current owner in November 2006 and was completed to GT1 specification. As a Ferrari customer of long standing—having previously campaigned examples of Maranello’s magnificent 333 SP on both sides of the Atlantic for many years—the owner was assigned ‘ultra-customer’ status by the company and was accordingly offered the opportunity to purchase an MC12 GT1.
Having achieved considerable success in both Sports Prototype and GT racing for more than three decades, he was a vastly experienced driver and exactly the sort of privateer at which the MC12 GT1 was aimed. Supported by his longtime co-driver Didier Theys—himself twice a winner of the Daytona 24 Hours and a three-time Le Mans podium finisher—the car was earmarked for use in selected rounds of the 2007 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) alongside the pairing’s parallel programme in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) with an LMP2 Lola-Judd. The Maserati would be prepared by Kevin Doran and his eponymous Ohio-based Doran-Lista Racing operation.
The ALMS catered for both Sports Prototypes and GT cars—sub-divided into LMP1 and LMP2, and GT1 and GT2 classes, respectively—although the team’s focus was on being competitive within the GT ranks, as overall victory would not be a realistic possibility given the lighter weight and superior aerodynamics of the prototype cars. Regrettably, the team’s arrival coincided with a paucity of entries in the GT1 class; indeed, the 2007 series would only see five GT1 cars compete across the entire season. That said, one constant was the presence of the pace-setting Works Corvette Racing team, who would provide a meaningful benchmark against which the Doran-Lista squad could measure themselves.
Due to the congested nature of their season, the MC12 was not used until the Road America 500 in August, held at the legendary Elkhart Lake track in Wisconsin. Not unexpectedly, the team qualified 3rd (and last) in Class behind the two Works Corvettes, although Theys’s best lap was only a second slower than the lead Magnussen/O’Connell C6R and just over nine-tenths of a second slower than the sister car of Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta. Superior fuel consumption and race strategy ensured that the LMP2 Penske Porsche Spyder took overall victory, although a thunderstorm led to over an hour of the race being run behind the safety car. In GT1, the Corvettes finished 1-2, the Doran-Lista MC12 having put in a solid performance to finish 14th overall and 3rd in Class, only three laps down on the class-winning Beretta/Gavin car.
The MC12’s second and final outing was at the ALMS’s flagship Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta in early October. On this occasion, a new driver for the car was Andrea Bertolini, who—as chief test driver of the MC12 project and reigning FIA GT champion—could not have been better qualified for the role. Once again, the Works Corvettes were the only GT1 opposition, but a mighty performance in qualifying ensured that it was 24053 which took the class pole by almost a second from the Magnussen/O’Connell/Fellows C6R, with the sister car of Gavin/Beretta/Papis a further two-tenths back.
The race itself was memorable for witnessing the closest finish in ALMS history, the LMP1 Audi R10 of Capello and McNish defeating the Bernhard/Dumas/Long Penske Porsche by less than one second after almost 1,000 miles of racing. An early crash had eliminated the lead Corvette from the GT1 battle after only 15 laps, although a similar fate would befall the Doran-Lista car in the final hour to leave the Gavin/Beretta/Papis Corvette with an untroubled class victory and a highly impressive 9th place overall. Although they were not running at the finish, the Maserati team had covered sufficient distance to be classified as a finisher in 19th place overall and 2nd in GT1.
Following its Petit Le Mans accident, 24053 was rebuilt by Doran Racing, and in late 2008 it was shipped from the USA to the consignor’s private museum in Switzerland, where it has resided ever since.
This highly significant Maserati is presented exactly as it last raced, right down to the Petit Le Mans scrutineering decal still affixed to the roll cage. It is supported by an extensive history file, including the original purchase agreement, importation documents, and homologation papers, and is one of only two MC12 GT1s believed to have competed in the ALMS. Arguably one of the most charismatic GT cars of recent times, its participation would undoubtedly be welcomed by the popular Trans-Atlantic Masters Endurance Legends series and Endurance Racing Legends events, for which it is eligible and eminently suited.