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What to do With a Ferrari 250GTE Roller?

Tim Odell April 20, 2010 eBay Insanity, For Sale, In General 49 Comments

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Typically when we see a ride this rough, it’s an $800 Falcon and we scheme about swaps of revvy 289s or stealing a new 5.0L and showing the Nova guys what’s what. But what to do with a classy GT like this? The GTE (that’s a 2+2, by the way) is sort of the red headed stepchild of the Ferrari family, among the most unloved until that coke head 400i came along. Of course, just dropping in a smallblock  seems so gauche

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This ’62 250GTE should have a 3.0L up front and a 9-layer deep coat of Resale Red. Instead it’s got a hole and a cancer-free unpainted shell. The interior and trim is spread in pieces next to the car.

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In a lot of ways, this one’s lose-lose. Unless you track down a truckload of  numbers-matching drivetrain parts  (starting with a near-priceless V-12), the haughty crew will always look down on your ride.

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Just to spite (and regularly outrun) that crew, the other option would be to drop in a crate LS3 + 6 speed combo, a set of decent budget touring buckets and call it a day. Of course, the whole beater GT thing makes more sense when the shell you’re starting with doesn’t cost over $25 grand.

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Currently there are 49 comments on this article:

  1. bzr says:

    Put a Chevy small block in it and drive it across the country in a French New Wave film.

  2. Kogashiwa says:

    This situation clearly calls for an RB26DETT and a roll cage.

  3. scroggzilla says:

    If the 250 GTE is Ferrari's red-headed stepchild, then call me a ginger lover.

  4. Number_Six says:

    Here's my plan: small-block Chevy is way too predictable and dull. So is restoration.

    1) Find an Offenhauser Indy motor. If this is not possible, build an insane Ford Kent motor.

    2) Slap a roll cage, a seat, and a tach into the interior.

    3) Build the suspension and brakes out of modern bits.

    4) ???

    5) Go vintage racing and have a buddy take pictures of the anger you leave in your wake.

  5. JeepyJayhawk says:

    Even as a shell it's a beautiful car. Hard to argue with the LS3, but what about a Viper or Hemi combo? How about something small, potent, and supercharged to the hilt?

  6. CptSevere says:

    I'm no Ferrari afficianado. The front and rear end remind me of a Healy Sprite, which would probably be less of a pain in the ass to restore than this nightmare. Easier on the wallet, too.

  7. GM's DI VVT 3.6L V6 should fit nicely behind that front axle, providing nice weight balance and 300 hp. Take the GM theme a little further and paint it in Cadillac White Diamonds (a gorgeous pearl white) and do the interior up in tan leather. Delicious!

  8. In the words of Doc Brown "The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?" So I guess my vote would be a time machine.

  9. thomasmac says:

    Certainly not this
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  10. Mike_the_Dog says:

    I'm thinking either a 5.4 four-cam For aluminum modular or a Jeep 4.0 with a 258 crank and enough overbore to bring it up to 4.8l or so. Either would be nicely augmented with a supercharger. Either would also get your name and likeness posted on every Ferrari fanboi forum on the net with a price for your still-warm corpse.

  11. dukeisduke says:

    How about a Nissan V6 and RevMatch 6-speed, out of the 370z? Here, kitty, kitty…

  12. engineerd says:

    Personally, I'd drop a Porsche or Jag engine in it just to make Enzo spin in his grave. Then, I'd harness that energy and sell it at a premium as authentic Ferrari energy.

    • Enzo’d really go spinning if you got your hands on the Lexus LFA’s V10.

      Then he’d hear the near-intertialess revving, concede that the Japanese aren’t useless at life afterall, and go back to sleep.

  13. Mad_Science says:

    Best comment I saw over on BAT was someone who'd found a Lambo motor and trans to swap.

    Maximum sacrilege!

  14. For some reason I want to drop this body onto a wrx chassis – no idea what would make me want to do that…..

  15. P161911 says:

    For maximum sacrilege a Ford Powerstroke diesel with an automatic transmission.

    Of course the Powerstroke will have to be modded to about 500HP and 1200ft. lb of torque.

    Realistically, I'd do like any sane person and drop an LSx in it with a 6-speed.

  16. muthalovin says:

    You know what I would do? Roll this roller off a cliff. Oh SNAP! I totally went there.

  17. Junkyard late 80s BMW or MB V12, open pipes, and cram a T5 behind it.

  18. njhoon says:

    I'm thinking either a 392 Hemi or a Ford motor. Maybe a 302 with Webers or Hilbrand injection for the hot poker in the eye effect.

  19. <s>CRACKPIPE!</s>

    How about a 22R and a 5 speed?

  20. franchitti27 says:

    I know this might make me a marked man on around here, but the small block Chevy and Ford 302 are too easy of an answer. Always the first engine jammed under the hood of anything missing an engine (admittedly for good reason).

    I'd go with a Rover V8 – the 5.0 out of a TVR Griffin 500. That, or the TVR straight six (A.K.A. Speed Six).
    For true hoonery, I'm thinking the TVR developed V12 from the Speed 12 concept and race car – rated officially at 940 bhp.

  21. BrianTheHoon says:

    There's only one answer for me and it's a sacrelicous one: Coyote, FTMFW!

  22. smokyburnout says:

    U12! Two awesome, way-cheaper-than-a-Ferrari-V12 inline-sixes connected to a common transmission by chain drive/gears. Jeep/AMC 4.0, 2JZ, slant-six, that BMW turbodiesel six, doesn't really matter.

  23. rocketrodeo says:

    BMW V12 out of an old 750i. How hard could it be?

    But cosmetically, don't change a thing. This is my idea of a rat rod.

  24. Casseroles says:

    to any or all the women who will be itemizing to this as you feel “”your not too girl”” guess what, elphaba turned out to be in which woman. don’t louse expect

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