This Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis number 4153 GT, is a work of art. The American David MacNeal would agree. He bought it in 2018 for a record-breaking US$70 million, making it the most expensive classic car in the world and probably the most coveted, difficult to describe without superlatives: Top Sports Car Of All Time (Sports Car International); Greatest Ferraris of All Time (Motor Trend Classic); Hottest Car of All Time (Popular Mechanics).
The Ferrari 250 GTO was Enzo Ferrari’s answer to the Jaguar E-type, the new kid on the block that threatened Ferrari’s motor racing supremacy. Based on the 250 SWB Competizione’s chassis, the 250 GTO used the race-proven Tipo 168/62 Comp. 3.0 L (2,953 cc) V12 engine from the 250 Testa Rossa. It featured larger valves to generated 300 bhp and a ground-braking (and absolutely stunning) wind-tunnel tested body aerodynamics. Until the arrival of the AC Cobra in 1964, the Ferrari 250 GTO gave the prancing horse marque a stream of successes and achieved legendary and iconic status that grows stronger as time passes.
At a cost in the US of around US$18,000 (about US$150,000 in today’s money), every buyer had to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari before handing over the keys. In all, from 1962-1964, only 36 were produced and it’s a testament to their appeal that they are all extant today.
But other than in the eye of the aficionados, is the Ferrari 250 GTO really a work of art? Yes, it is. Maybe the car’s highest accolade comes from an Italian court in Bologna, which in 2019 ruled that – because of its history and reputation, the originality of the design and unique lines, shapes and artistic elements – the Ferrari 250 GTO is in fact a work of art, to be protected from reproductions and imitations, same as painting and sculpture masterpieces.
The ReverMasterPiece series celebrates the art of Ferrari with a simple, but quintessential model of the Ferrari 250 GTO in sterling silver, to reflect its racing pedigree and iconic status. This model is simple in the sense that it has no moving parts, though it carefully captures the car’s key elements like door handles, windscreen wipers and hood latches. On request, RÊVER can craft in precious metals a bespoke model of the Ferrari 250 GTO to feature detailed interior, and functional elements and openings like the ReverMasterPiece Bugatti Chiron
The ReverMasterPiece Ferrari 250 GTO is a creation of Gil Holt, master silver- and goldsmith. Produced over several weeks in pure sterling silver through electroforming and other microprecise processes, it retains a resin core to make it more resistant to denting. Also, to ensure long lasting lustre and resistance to scratches, the model is plated in rhodium, the most precious and hard-wearing of all members of the platinum family.
“Ultimately” explains RÊVER’s director, Ariel Tivon “we are not trying to create a replica. This is a modern art piece made for somebody’s home, somebody’s office, that can inspire and awaken their dreams. “
RÊVER can also create complementing jewellery and accessories. Whether you are a ReverMasterPiece buyer or you simply love beauty for yourself or for personal or business sharing, RÊVER can give you the perfect accompaniment to complete your ReverMasterPiece – and your dreams.
RÊVER is a shared vision of Ariel Tivon, 2nd generation of a family-run business established in 1963 specialising in design & creation of fine gem-set jewellery, and Gil Holt, 3rd generation of a family-run business specialising in silversmithing and then luxury goods since 1915.
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