The ‘Ferrankenstein’ Custom Racer Is Part Ferrari 250 GTE and Part 250 Testarossa

Photos: Duncan Hamilton ROFGO

Following a successful career in the world of finance, Neil Twyman shifted his attention from banking to elite auto restoration, becoming renowned for his world-class ability to breathe new life into vintage Prancing Horse models. Another factor that put Twyman on the map of Ferraristas was his highly controversial 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE project known as the “TR GT” — short for “GTE x Testarossa.”

Starting with a 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE, this breathtaking build was torn down before being redesigned and built back up using a myriad of parts and components from the Italian marque’s 250 Testarossa — an ultra-sporty race car produced between ’57 and ’61. In place of the Pininfarina-penned bodywork that once cloaked the 250’s tubular steel ladder-type frame, Twyman crafted his own ultra-unique body design with sweeping, ultra-flared fenders, a side-running exhaust system, a removable hardtop, largely exposed front wheels, and an asymmetrical cowl sitting behind the driver’s headrest, a la the Porsche Speedster or Ferrari’s Monza SP. Overall, while thoroughly idiosyncratic, Twyman’s design still clearly borrows visual elements from a myriad of existing Ferrari models like the 625 TF Berlinetta and Dino, along with aesthetic traits from the brand’s high-performance Le Mans racers like the 312P and 206SP.

The 240-hp 3.0-liter 60° V12 motor that originally sat under the hood of the front-engined donor has been relocated to a mid-mounted position before being equipped with a dozen velocity stacks and then paired with a gated, four-speed manual transmission. In total, Twyman spent ten years meticulously bringing this ambitious project to fruition. And, after since having traded hands on a number of occasions, this one-of-one Ferrari is now seeking a new garage to call home.

Neil Twyman’s stunning one-of-a-kind 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE “TR GT” is currently being sold through Hampshire, England-based specialty, classic, and exotic dealership Duncan Hamilton ROFGO — which describes the TR GT as “the most beautiful car Ferrari never built” — where its asking price and additional information are both available upon request.

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Photo: Duncan Hamilton ROFGO
Photo: Duncan Hamilton ROFGO
Photo: Duncan Hamilton ROFGO