GTO Engineering has announced it will reveal the third model in its Revival series, the California Spyder Revival, at the Goodwood Revival. The hand-built, tool room copy is based on the 1960 SWB California Spyder and will be on display at GTO Engineering’s ‘Over the Road’ stand from 17 – 19 September 2021.
Designed by Pininfarina and coachbuilt by Scaglietti, the California Spyder is without a doubt one of the finest creations to ever leave the gates of Maranello. A total of 106 California Spyders were produced by Ferrari in SWB and LWB guise, making it one of the rarest models to wearing the famous prancing horse badge. Today due to their rarity and high value, most are tucked away in private collections and are rarely seen on the open road. Almost all are unchanged from their original factory specifications, either preserved or restored to the high levels of authenticity.
The California Spyder Revival by GTO Engineering take the original concept and elevates it to the next level with 21st century engineering. Each car can be customised to meet a clients needs, from upgraded engines, gearboxes or interior and exterior colour options. The new California Spyder Revival will feature either a standard 3.0-litre, upgraded 3.5- or 4.0-litre engines, which is mated to either a standard four- or optional five-speed manual gearbox.
Each vehicle is built by hand using components manufactured by the team, a process that takes over 1,500-man hours and calls on GTO Engineering’s in depth knowledge and specialist experience. It’s this experience that brings modern upgrades to improve the driving experience, such as enhanced tortional rigidity through strengthened sills, giving the convertible greater stiffness than the original Spyder.
However, keen historians and Ferrari fans will note that the California Spyder is not just about speed but also glamour and comfort. The interpretation of the legendary car, in its Revival format, revives the iconic and rare 1960 SWB specification. GTO Engineering’s team will continue where the workforce of Maranello left off, with each area of the build being better or matched in terms of quality and manufacturing standards.
A key element will be in the hand formed aluminium body, manufactured with the firms own tooling, as well as the interior, which can be finished in a range of luxurious leathers and optional smaller, vintage-style wooden steering wheel fitted with an original style horn.
As one of the most iconic road cars Ferrari has ever made and considered to be one of the prettiest convertibles of all time, GTO Engineering is well established to revive this Sixties icon. Having started the bespoke, low-volume Revival series in 2008, the company has since had strong sales across its three models in the series; 250 SWB Revival, 250 Testa Rossa (TR) Revival and now the California Spyder Revival.
Mark Lyon, Founder and Managing Director of GTO Engineering said: “It’s very exciting to be able to start talking about our latest addition to the Revival series: the California Spyder Revival. It is one of, if not, the most iconic Ferrari road car from the Sixties and it’s something we’ve worked hard over recent years to develop, following on from the success of the 250 SWB Revival and 250 TR Revival models.”
“The feedback from both previous and new Revival-series customers is encouraging and we’re looking forward to work with more owners to create their dream car.”
Pricing of the GTO Engineering California Spyder Revival is indicated between £750,000 – £850,000 depending on donor vehicle, final specification, local taxes and shipping. Each California Spyder Revival can be tailor made to each owner’s specific requirements and will be created by hand in the UK, with first customer deliveries scheduled at the end of 2021. GTO Engineering’s stand at Goodwood Revival will be located at the ‘Over the Road’ for the duration of the weekend.