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Old 02-20-2009, 12:06 AM   #1
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Default Inspiration... Part 3.

In 2006, I wrote a couple of posts (Part 1 & 2) dedicated to finding inspiration outside of the traditional hot rod and custom w...

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Old 02-20-2009, 12:23 AM   #2
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

I really dig the idea of a vintage Ferrari influenced hot rod. I see a Lincoln V12 under the hood too. I love these inspiration posts!!

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Old 02-20-2009, 12:27 AM   #3
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

The 1st thing I thought of was the Ferrari inspired Deuce roadster in one of the books I have laying around, if memory serves it has a Ferrari inliner, Halibrand mags, Ferrari tan leather and painted that gorgeous deep red...wish I had the book handy for more details... Hot Rod & Custom Chronicles was the name of the book, I think by Thom Taylor...
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Old 02-20-2009, 12:47 AM   #4
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

BTW, I absolutely LOVE that shifter lockout and that speedometer!
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Old 02-20-2009, 01:30 AM   #5
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

Thanks for bring some Europe to the party.

You'd do well to mention the body builder/designers, since each builder had a distinctive look. Earlier in your series, you featured a couple of Ferraris with very American looks, which I'd guess are by Vignale, since that was his (and Ghia's) trademark. Scaglietti and Zagato did a lot of the race cars, while Pininfarina and Bertone did mostly road cars.

BTW this Testa Rossa is over-restored to an extreme degree. TRs were strictly race cars and lived a life of abuse, so didn't get much fine finishing -- and weren't repaired very well when damaged. After a year of racing, they would be sold off to rich amateurs who would thrash them some more.

I reckon that car NEVER, ever looked that good back in the day, and I'd also be surprised if it was black. A private party could order one in any color, but it would take a year to get delivery of what would by then be last year's race car.
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Old 02-20-2009, 03:11 AM   #6
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

I always liked the idea of finding inspiration outside the "traditional" rod and custom world... Whether it'd be European sports cars, airplanes or whatever. So I was really impressed to see that 33 or 34 roadster at Brizio's... with more than just a touch of Ferrari. Some pics I took... (I don't know if this car was already discussed here on the HAMB)











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more pics... http://www.flickr.com/photos/lowtech...7614081982208/
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:09 AM   #7
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I'd also be surprised if it was black.
All team cars were black for Ferrari between '58 and '62... I believe they were dressed for a funeral.

Ferrari Corporate restored this particular example.
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:25 AM   #8
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

I love the little details that European race cars have. Many of which I would like to incorporate into my '25 Chev roadster










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Old 02-20-2009, 05:35 AM   #9
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

Absolutely agree that the 250 TR is a beautifull exampe of hand crafted artistry, and worthy of it's place in history, but IMHO, a D-type Jag is simply a superior animal.

The speed racer "mach 5" pontoon fenders are just over the top, and too cartoonish.

Having said that, however, it is a noble place to find inspiration.
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:02 AM   #10
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

That is the red roadster I mentioned in my 1st post, absolutely gorgeous, it would make sense that Brizio would be the one that built it...
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:40 AM   #11
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

Man that car makes me proud I am half Italian.
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:04 AM   #12
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

I'm with you Ryan. I did this 'hybrid' car
for one of the Friday Art Shows about a year ago.
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:21 AM   #13
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

That car is stunning, esp the overhead shot.


.....and the as long as we're building an imaginary 32, why not imagine that we found one of those beautiful, red headed V-12's to power it.
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:37 AM   #14
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

The "Red Head" V12, man what a beast. Its like a symphony of intake and exhaust. Great car too. I would take a 250 touring.
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:55 AM   #15
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

I dig it when you introduce something like this to the board. You can veer off course without losing the intent of the board. we all live and breathe traditional but its nice to stop and smell the roses. True car guys see the beauty in all things automotive, even if it will never get parked in their garage.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:09 AM   #16
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

Wow! I grew up loving the traditional rods that Ryan has as his "Ideal" as to what a car should look like. I think that his early exposure to these kinds of cars helped formed his appreciation to those marvelous machines. Some where along the time line of his growing to manhood, the type of car he has chosen for todays editorial began to catch my eye, and behold! He loves the old rods and I departed to high tech european hardware. He drives rods and I drive Porsches. Father and Son. So different and yet the same.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:34 AM   #17
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

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All team cars were black for Ferrari between '58 and '62... I believe they were dressed for a funeral.
I wonder if that was for his son Dino, who died about that time.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:54 AM   #18
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

The TR and the GTO are always among my favorite Ferrari race car designs. Timeless design and purposeful execution.
A roadster, (I think even a '34 could work), with a belly pan and detailed as you indicate - sort of car that would be expected to run at the dry lake or salt flats events. Man, you have me dreaming now.
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:15 AM   #19
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

I believe the attraction to these machines (and ANY other machine, be it an airplane, motorcycle, or some industrial 'factory' machine for that matter) is that they they show craftsmanship. A simple design that does its intended job well, shows thought and care, is always impressive. (at least to a 'mechanical' mind, I believe)
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:50 AM   #20
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Default Re: Inspiration... Part 3.

Does anybody have any pictures of other European sports cars/racers with similar paint schemes?

Scallops off the headlights, arches, speedlines etc..

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