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Esprit 43 is happy to annouce a brand new kit series , the Gto series.

The Esprit 43 Gto R range will cover the rarest versions of the the world's most enegmatic racing car the 250 Gto.

Each white metal kit will be limited to maximum 150pcs Worldwide.

More details on the first kits will appear here soon and the kits will be available from the 
exclusive Esprit 43 retailers:

www.abcminiatures.com for France and Europe
www.miniwerks.com for the USA and Canada
www.raccoon-auto.com for Asia and Australia

The brand new masters are realised by Mike Craig of Mont Ventoux Montage.

 

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Gto R Kit 1 - Chassis 3223 GT 1966 Daytona 24 hrs

So why this 250 Gto ?


Chassis 3223 Gt was the first Gto built which went on to have a successful racing career.


Back in 1966 ,Chassis 3223 GT claimed the class victory in the 3 litre category at the Daytona 24 hour race which turned out to be the last great international victory for the 250 Gto.


The car has recently undergone a superb restoration by Motion Products under the watchful eye of current owner Joseph M. Barone earning it another victory 45 years later at Pebble Beach 2011, taking the '50th Anniversary of the Ferrari Gto class' and the 'Most elegant sportscar' awards.


In a fitting tribute to the man who had all those years ago made history, the car was driven at the 2011 Pebble Beach event by the 1966 Daytona class winner Larry Perkins.


Interesting details of this car include asymetric driving lamps designed to cope with the lack of lighting on the Daytona back straight banking.Painted lateral front & rear air vents , front and rear jacking bars and frontal orange Porsche parking lights (more on that later).

KIT SERIES NOW SOLD OUT

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Gto R Kit 2 - Chassis 3223 GT The ‘Al Hodges affair ‘& Mosport 1963

So why these 250 Gtos ?

As mentioned above Chassis 3223 Gt was the first Gto built which went on to have a successful racing career.

In 1963, Chassis 3223 GT was bought & raced by Bob Grossman at the Canadian GP at Mosport where it finished 14th  overall. The look that makes this car unique is the taping over of all the front lights and the addition of enormous front bonnet scoops.

 Chassis 3223 GT was then sold to Larry Perkins and then went on to race in the 1964 Daytona 2000km race which provoked the ‘Al Hodges affair’.Perkins was searching for a race sponsor for the 1964 Daytona race and did a deal with local Pontiac dealer Al Hodges.The car was left on display in the Pontiac showroom before the race and encouraged the sale of 3 Pontiac GTOs.

The dealer’s name was painted on the car for the race and when it showed up at the track caused an angry reaction from Luigi Chinetti who told Perkins Ferraris did not carry that kind of advertising!A short conversation between Perkins and NASCAR founder Bill France resulted in his response “I own this track, this is my race and Al Hodges is a friend of mine. My opinion is you can do whatever you want with your car”.

Perkins raced and Chinetti banned supplying him parts for the duration of his ownership.

This meant that after some front end damage the front parking lights were replaced with Porsche parts. 

KIT CONTAINS DECALS FOR EITHER VERSION

KIT SERIES NOW SOLD OUT

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Gto R Kit 3 - Chassis 3765 LM  Targa Florio N°114 & Coppa Sila N°368 1965

So why this 330Gto?

The origins of this car are clouded in Modena mist but one thing is certain it started life with a 1962 body and a 4 litre engine.In 1964 it was returned to the factory and fitted with a 3 litre engine and sold to Ferdinando Latteri who took it racing in Italy.The features that makes this car unique are the wind up side windows ,the distinct frontal air intake slit and the air intakes either side in front of the windscreen.


The versions the kit covers are;


1965 -Targa Florio N°114 Ferdinando Latteri/ Ignazio Capuano

1965 -1st Coppa Sila hillclimb N°368 Ferdinando Latteri

 

KIT CONTAINS DECALS FOR EITHER VERSION
 
KIT SERIES NOW SOLD OUT
 

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Gto R Kit 4 - Chassis 4561 SA 1963 330 Gto Long wheelbase
So why this 250 Gto?

Chassis 4561 SA was specially built for French industrialist Michel-Paul Cavalier.

The car was a basic 1962-63 250 Gto chassis which was lengthened to  2450mm for the confort of its tall driver , making it the only long wheelbase Gto.
It was also fitted with a Tipo 400 SA engine producing 400bhp & right hand drive.
Other special features are the front round foglights and the large bonnet bulge.
The version the kit covers are;
1966 BRSCC Snetterton N°87 Charles Daniels


RELEASE DATE  FEBRUARY 2014 - SUPER LIMITED EDITION 45 pcs WORLDWIDE

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Gto R Kit 5 - Chassis 2643 GT 250 GT Le Mans Berlinetta Sperimentale 
So why this 250 Gto?
Chassis N° 2463 Gt was the first Gto prototype built by Pininfarina and raced at Le mans in both 1961 and 1962.
The version the kit covers are;
1961 - 24 hrs Le Mans
1962 - 24 hrs Le Mans



THIS MODEL WILL NOW BE RELEASED BY MODELART111

PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR DETAILS

http://modelart111.com

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Gto R Kit 6 - Chassis 4453/4713 SA 1963 330 LMB
So why these 330 Gto's?

Chassis 4453 SA was specially built for Miss Mamie Reynolds then sold to Donald Fong who had it painted
metallic brown and it raced at the Bridgehampton Double 500 driven by Dan Gurney.

Chassis 4713 was sold to Luigi Chinetti and raced under the NART banner.
In 1964 it was sold to Bob Grossman who successfully raced it in the USA taking 3rd overall at Daytona.
 
The version the kit covers are;

1963 Chassis 4453 Bridgehampton Double 500 N°47
1964 Chassis 4713 Daytona Continental N°31

THIS MODEL WILL NOW BE RELEASED BY MODELART111

PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR DETAILS

http://modelart111.com

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Gto R Kit 7 - Chassis 3757 GT
So why this Gto's?

Chassis 3757 was built in 1962 and carried on racing until 1965
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It is unique amongst the 250 Gtos with its modified front bonnet scoop at the 1965 Sebring race.
 
The version the kit covers are;

1965 12 Hrs of Sebring N°35
1965  Daytona Continental N°23
 
RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED   JUNE 2015 LIMITED EDITION 67 pcs WORLDWIDE

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