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A take on perfection: Peter Giacobbi’s unbelievable home built Ferrari

21 July, 2015

As a child, Peter Giacobbi was an avid fan of motorsport who admired legendary drivers like Juan Manuel Fangio and Wolfgang von Trips. He also admired their weapons of choice, holding Ferrari’s beautiful 250 Testa Rossa above all others.

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So when he found a handmade, all-aluminium Testa Rossa body in Italy, it didn’t take him long to arrive at an ultimate conclusion that would see him embark on one of the most memorable and emotional restorations we’ve ever seen.

“I looked at it, and I said ‘I have to do it,’” Peter says.

The team at Petrolicious met up with Peter and his car to produce this amazing video, titled Building a Dream.

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Weighing in at 2300 pounds, or just over one tonne, Peter’s near-authentic creation makes use of a 4.4-litre engine from a Ferrari 365, capable of 400hp. While the engine may not be original, it has similar aesthetics to the original, and is faster.

Only when he was finally able to get behind the wheel of his own comparable beast was Peter able to fully comprehend the challenge his childhood heroes faced every time they got behind the wheel.

“I discovered it after driving it and racing it several times. They’re not only heroes — they’re supermen.”

“It’s the most fun and the most rewarding project that I’ve ever worked on. If somebody offered me a real one in exchange for it, I don’t think I would take it. Because this is what I want.”

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This isn’t just a case of ‘built not bought’, this is a passion for cars and motoring at its most raw. Bravo, Peter.

The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
John’s love affair with this Jupiter started in December 2015 when, with some time on his hands during a Christchurch trip, he searched online for ‘cars, before 1970 and in Christchurch’.

A passion for classics and customs

In the highly competitive field of New Zealand classic and custom restorations, reputations are won or lost on the ability to maintain consistently high standards of workmanship. A company managing to achieve this is D A Panel beating Ltd, of Rangiora near Christchurch. Is your classic or custom car restoration stalled, or in need of a refresh, or perhaps you are looking for experts to rebuild that recent import project out of Europe or the ‘States?