By Dan Howlett @DanHowlett85
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Videographer / Director: Brian High
Producer: John Balson, Nick Johnson
Editor: Kyle Waters
Rod Tempero hand crafted the replica Ferrari 250 GTO in a chicken shed in New Zealand – but the incredible car which has a 4.4 litre, V12 engine could be worth well over one million dollars.
Rod and his team specialise in handcrafting cars that otherwise would be unobtainable for enthusiasts around the world.
There were only 39 of the original vehicles ever produced by Ferrari and one recently sold for more than $38m at auction.
Tempero and his team make their own wood bucks for the body and then bang out the metal body with hammers and an English wheel.
Rod said: “I have lots of return customers so I must be doing something right.
“The car chassis and body are built in the workshop and we used some items from a donor vehicle.
“This car was actually commissioned by John Rietveld – and that’s not unusual.
“We build cars to order and can make whatever the customer wants.
“Everything is done by eye and touch there are very few machines involved in the process – which I think makes the whole thing a lot cooler.
“We are currently working on a 1958 246 Dino Grand Prix car, a 1967 P4 330 Ferrari, a 1953 Maserati a6GSC and a 1964 version of the Ferrari GTO.”
The car has a top speed of around 170 miles per hour and can go from 0 – 60 in five seconds.
“All the cars are special and come with their own challenges with the build but they are always fun,” added Rod.
“We just love what we do – we put a lot of time and effort into these cars but once they are done we are on to the next project.
“They get lots of attention – we actually won a best car in show prize with the GTO which was really special for us and the car’s new owner John.”
John added: “I asked him if he could build this incredible car and he looked at me and said of course.
“No car is too difficult for him to build – he does all of his homework and research, this is as close to the original as you can possibly get.
“It’s taken a lot of time but nobody minds that – if you just bought this and made it out of a kit it would not have the same appeal.”