1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
The Legendary 1962 ‘Stirling Moss’ Ferrari 250 GTO, 50th Anniversary Tour Preparation.
Having just sold for a record breaking £22.7 million ($35 million), making it the most expensive car in the world. The Ferrari 250 GTO was being prepared for the 250 GTO 50th Anniversary Tour. The 250 GTO in question is chassis number 3505GT and was built specifically for the Stirling Moss, hence the unique BRP Green paintwork.
With time being very tight this was a team effort with a good friend and a great detailer, Simon. We had worked together on important jobs such as the RM Auction and the 1962 250 GT SWB Ferrari California Spyder prepared for Concorso d’Eleganza Ville d’Este. It was already late afternoon and the car had to leave just after lunchtime the following day. The plan of action was to get the car as clean as possible and fully protected. With a car of such historical value a sympathetic approach is needed. This after all is a race car so there are imperfections, swirl marks, dents and paint burns. But all of these add to the patina of the car and tell a story of such fantastic history. In our opinion there is no need for any paint correction on a car like this. It’s not about trying to achieve a flawless finish, it’s about protecting the car and the car’s provenance for next fifty years.
The car had just come back from a road test and there were still a few jobs to be done ready for the tour. So with mechanics and engineers busy at work we removed the wheels to so that we could fully clean them and allow the mechanics to finish the last few jobs.
With the wheels removed, we set about thoroughly cleaning the wheels and tyres. They are painted wire wheels rather than polished , which makes life a lot easier. The tyres were cleaned with an all purpose cleaner to remove any old tyre dressing, and the wheels cleaned with a suitable wheel cleaner. The wheels were thoroughly rinsed and then dried using a warm air dryer. The wheels were given a coat of Gtechniq C1.5 Silo Seal and the tyres were dressed with Gtechniq T1 Tyre and Trim.
With work almost complete on the car we started deep clean of the arches and underside of the car. This included the brakes, calipers, suspension, chassis, fuel tank etc. With the mechanics and engineers finished we then gave the engine and engine bay a good clean.
The car was then carefully washed. It wasn’t too dirty mainly just insects on the front and dirt trapped in the headlight covers and the air scoops of the bonnet. We removed the headlight covers and bonnet scoops so that they could be fully cleaned. With the car washed and dried we then hand polished the paintwork and bright work to remove any staining and oxidisation. The paintwork was then prepared for the best possible protection, Gtechniq Exo. Two coats of Exo were applied adding a good level of gloss and most importantly a high level of protection. The headlight covers and bonnet air scoops were then refitted, also being coated with Exo. With the wheels refitted, the wheel hub spinners were polished and sealed.
The windscreen and rear window were then polished before being treated with Gtechniq G1 ClearVision. This would make wet weather driving much safer by greatly improving visibility in the rain. The original side windows had been removed and replaced with sliding vented windows to try and get some extra airflow into the cabin. These were cleaned and then treated with Gtechniq G5 Water Repellent Coating for Perspex, again to improve wet weather visibility. The final exterior job was to polish and seal the exhausts.
On to the interior. Both seats were removed and cleaned. The fabric was just lightly cleaned to remove any dirt that would transfer onto clothing, but still keeping that used look. As this is a race car there are no carpets or sound insulation, just painted metal panels and a roll cage. This was all cleaned and then protected with Gtechniq C3 Smart Carnauba. The dashboard and dials were dusted and cleaned. The glass was also cleaned and polished inside. The seats were then refitted and the seatbelts also cleaned.
The last job was to clean, polish and seal the three supplemental air intake covers that can be fitted to the front of the car if required. With the car fully fuelled it was taken away to be transported to France ready for the 250 GTO 50th Anniversary Tour.
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