Where vintage Ferraris go for new life

DAVE MOORE
Last updated 05:03 20/01/2013
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HEAVEN ON EARTH: In the foreground, the motoring editor's favourite of all Ferraris: the mid-engined 250 LM.

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Following a complete restoration and upgrade of Ferrari's "Classiche" department, it has resumed its own duties of restoration and certification.

The department brings classic road and racing Ferraris back to their former glory, most of them to a state that's better than when they were first built.

The famous Classiche department now boasts a packed workshop of 24 cars with some of the most significant and valuable classic Ferraris ever seen under one roof.

The team is working on five of the 36 250 GTOs ever built, along with two 250 Testa Rossas, including the 1957 car that Phil Hill drove to victory at the 1958 24 Hours of Le Mans, as well as three of the 32 250 LMs produced.

Other significant cars include three short wheelbase 250 GT Berlinettas, a 1956 500 TR, and the 512 M that came fourth overall at the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans.

To date the Classiche department has completed more than 60 full, ground-up restorations − several of which have gone on to considerable success in international Concours d'Elegance − and processed more than 3800 authentication certification applications.

In addition, thanks to the department's exclusive access to the company's original technical designs and moulds, Classiche has cast numerous new engine parts, including 25 new V12 cylinder blocks and a similar number of cylinder heads, to help restore cars to original specifications.

Thanks to Ferrari Classiche, today Ferrari collectors have access to the most authoritative restoration expertise to return their cars to original condition.

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