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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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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bzrong bzr

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

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Kogashiwa Kogashiwa

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

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/scroggzilla scroggzilla

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

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Number_Six Number_Six

      I'm thinking Dead Calm-era Nicole Kidman. You know, from back when she had an actual face and body.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/scroggzilla scroggzilla

        Have you met Dr. Who's new sidekick, Karen Gillan
        <img src="http://thefaust.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/karen_gillan_01_1024.jpg"&gt;

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/Number_Six Number_Six

          No, I hadn't. Productivity just took a massive dive over here.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/njhoon njhoon

          Add to the list another TV show to watch just for 'De Women' /Jake Blues. She would compliment the brown in the picture further down very nicely, well any color for that matter.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/_Tomsk_ Tomsk


        • http://intensedebate.com/people/engineerd engineerd

          Mmmmm…pasty tasty.

          • http://intensedebate.com/people/Mad_Science Mad_Science

            Can't it be both?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Number_Six Number_Six

    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.

    • discontinuuity

      That's a world-class motor.
      Offy! Offy! Offy! Oi! Oi! Oi!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/JeepyJayhawk JeepyJayhawk

    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?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/CptSevere CptSevere

    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.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/superbadd75 soo΄pәr-bādd75

    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!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/WayFastWhitey WayFastWhitey

    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.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/thomasmac thomasmac

    Certainly not this
    <img src="http://www.sportscarmarket.com/img/content/1467/s248_3r3mc.jpg&quot; style="width: 460px; height: 345px; border: 0" alt="imgTag" />

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Mike_the_Dog Mike_the_Dog

    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.

  • dukeisduke

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

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/engineerd engineerd

    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.

    • http://www.carenvy.ca Peter_Dushenski

      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.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Mad_Science Mad_Science

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

    Maximum sacrilege!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/_Tomsk_ Tomsk

      A Porsche V8 (either 928 or Cayenne/Panamera) would be pretty blasphemous as well.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/engineerd engineerd

        A Ford mill would do the trick, particularly one made after 1966.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/_Tomsk_ Tomsk

          Alternate history power FTW.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/Mike_the_Dog Mike_the_Dog

          I see what you did there…

          Well played, my nerdy engineer friend. Well played.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/EscortsForever EscortsForever

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

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/P161911 P161911

    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.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/CaptainZeroCool CaptainZeroCool

      A 6L Powerstroke no less….

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/muthalovin muthalovin

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

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/DeadinSide DeadinSideInc

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

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/njhoon njhoon

    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.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/CaptainZeroCool CaptainZeroCool


    How about a 22R and a 5 speed?

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/franchitti27 franchitti27

    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.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/BrianTheHoon BrianTheHoon

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

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/MrHowser MrHowser

      Sacrelicous – is that like delicious sacrilege? If it is, I'm with you.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/smokyburnout smokyburnout

    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.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/rocketrodeo rocketrodeo

    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.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Alff Alff

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/discontinuuity discontinuuity

      For once, I'd like to thank someone for posting a full-size image.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/Alff Alff

        Sorry about that – I didn't know it was that large and have not mastered html tags.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/Mad_Science Mad_Science

          Fixed that for ya, through the magic of admin privileges.

          • http://intensedebate.com/people/Mike_the_Dog Mike_the_Dog

            And now this seems to be the permanent newest comment @perpetually less than 1 minute ago. I had wondered why it was doing that…

            • http://intensedebate.com/people/joshuman joshuman

              With photo no less. I haven't seen that before.

            • http://intensedebate.com/people/Mad_Science Mad_Science

              Oddly enough, it has the correct time recorded on the admin page.

              I fear I may have to delete it to get it off the front page's "recent comments" thing.

              • http://intensedebate.com/people/Alff Alff

                No worries. Apparently I'm the only one who thinks a diesel powered Ferrari would be a good idea.

                • http://intensedebate.com/people/Mike_the_Dog Mike_the_Dog

                  Fortunately deletion seems not to have been necessary. I don't hate the diesel idea, but I'm not in love with it either.

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