Art and automobilia couldn’t have been more symbiotic in the late ‘50s. While modern-day cars offer leaps and bounds more safety and luxury features than any era that came before, there’s something to be said about the analog creation of a human-led aesthetic.
London-based firm Forge Design was inspired by several important events that occurred in 1959. Sandwiched between the release of Miles Davis’ masterpiece Kind of Blue and the grand opening of the iconic Guggenheim Museum building in New York — just two months apart — was the unveiling of the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB at the Paris Auto Show, a vehicle that’s come to represent the artistic ingenuity embedded in the auto world at the time.
For its latest design, Forge has created the Competizione Ventidue to honor 61 years since the 1961 iteration of the 250 GT, dubbed the SEFAC Hot Rod, which won first in its class at Le Mans that year. It made some important upgrades to the ‘59 GT which included a lighter chassis, thinner bodywork, larger intake tracts, and high lift cams, giving it nearly 300bhp of power.
Ultimately, Forge Design desired to create a vehicle that Miles Davis — a noted Ferrari enthusiast — would have wanted to drive himself. Both black and white exterior renders were made. Find out more about the Competizione Ventidue on the company’s website.