Friday, December 10, 2010
Ferrari GTO 3987
The two photos seen here of 3987 were taken by fellow Ferrari aficionado Ed Niles who owned more desirable Ferraris than anyone I know. Ed snapped these at the workshop of Sal di Natale before I acquired the car. A number of things stand out as I look at these photos. The first is the fact that the GTO is sporting a rear bumper--possibly from a Lusso--which had been removed by the time the car came into my possession. Notice also that the car is seen with Oregon plates. I believe this was for tax purposes as the owner lived in Los Angeles as far as I knew.
The interior shot shows a leather boot hiding the beautiful open shift gate. That, too, was gone by the time I bought the car. The ventilator tubes are missing from the dash and I ultimately had some fabricated that were not like the originals in appearance. The lights for the racing number rondel can be seen on the passenger door.
I don't remember much about the previous owner except that he was a musical arranger for Sonny & Cher at the time and he sold the GTO to me rather than rebuild the engine and bought a pearlescent 427 Cobra as a replacement. I completed the engine rebuild and had the paint stripped to the metal and resprayed Ferrari red. When I finally took the car from Sal's shop, it was like having a brand new GTO.