Fine Sports Cars' Uncompromising Approach
Our goal is to provide our clients with a chance to relive the days when driving a sports racing car delivered a renewed appreciation for excitement and being alive - and for spectators- it was automotive art in motion.
 
 
 
Winning at Le Mans was the ultimate goal of all sports car manufacturers in the 1950’s. This was the golden age of motorsport racing.
 
 
Fine Sports Cars has an uncompromising approach to design, engineering, coach building, and the vintage automobile business.
 
 
Our professional approach to business and our global operating model allow us to offer an extensive range of rare continuation and sanctioned automobiles, as well as other integrated services and events.
 

 
Built to the Exact Specifications of the Original Car
All of our cars are produced to special customer order. These cars include: Aston Martins, Bizzarrini’s, Jaguar’s, Ferrari’s, Maserati’s, Porsche, Vignale and others in various configurations to suit each individual customer’s unique request. Our cars can be set up for both road, and road and track configurations. A small sample of cars we have built includes: the C-Type and D-Type, XKSS, XJ13, “Knobbly”, and Lister Costin Jaguars. Maserati’s in Birdcage and 450S format along with the timeless A6 GCS/53 Pinin Farina Berlinetta. Multiple Testa Rossa’s including the Pontoon TR, 59 TR, and the 330TRI-LM. 250 SWB Berlinetta, 250 SWB California Spyder, 250 GTO’s in both 3 liter and 4 liter models, 330P4, 206SP, and many more… Our cars are built to the exact specifications of the original car which enables our customers to apply for, and obtain, vintage race credentials.

 
Recently Completed
Aston Martin DBR1/2 - Carroll Shelby Tribute Car
 
Fine Sports Cars was awarded the honor of constructing an Aston Martin DBR1 tribute car to honor Carroll Shelby's contribution to motorsports. In the late 1980’s Ashton Marshall, Fine Sports Cars Chief Engineer, received a request to build an Aston Martin DBR2, as the two original DBR2 cars were owned by Aston Chairman, Peter Livanos, and were not for sale. A visit to the Newport Pagnell factory was planned. The executives at Aston Martin could not have been more helpful. They put Ashton in touch with Colonel Foreshaw who operated a restoration shop for Aston at the time. He was in possession of the original diagrams, drawings, and technical specifications for both the DBR1 and DBR2.

Colonel Foreshaw provided Ashton with copies of all of the original mechanical drawings and design documents, and even the color swatches and leather samples for the cars. Within one year Ashton’s client was driving his own exact recreation of the famous DBR2.
 

 
We constructed a factory specification
Aston Martin DBR1 for a client. The original car enabled David Brown to win the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours.
 
 
Ten years after David Brown bought Aston Martin, he would finally achieve his racing ambitions and win the 24-Hours of Le Mans. This high point in Aston's history came when Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori drove DBR1/2 to overall victory. Their car has now become the most valuable Aston Martin ($32 Million) and is commonly seen racing with its 'XSK 497' registration.
 
 
(Top) Pit Row - Aston Martin Team - Le Mans 1959

(Left) 1959 RAC Tourist Trophy

(Below) Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori with Le Mans 1959 trophies
 

 
The DBR1s benefited from ten years of development, including cars such as the DB1, DB2, DB3 and DB3S. All these helped the company achieve the necessary engineering, know-how and financial support to win Le Mans. Like the DB3S, the DBR1 was a devoted race car that shared little with production Aston Martins.
 
The DBR1's engine, space frame chassis and rear transaxle were all specially designed. Compared to the DB3S, the DBR1 was obviously a superior machine that was lighter and more powerful.
 
 
Original design cockpit cage and floor design as per DBR1 series car. Note the different diameter tubular sections as per original car.
 
 
Fine Sports Cars construction of the Aston Martin DBR1 tribute car to honor Carroll Shelby's contribution to motorsports is now completed:
 
 
Works in Progress
Porsche 917K Le Mans
 
We are currently working on this tool-room example of the famous
Porsche 917K, similar to the car driven by Steve McQueen in the movie Le Mans. The 917K's success is world renowned, and many consider it as the greatest racing car of all time. The factory Porsche 917K's have won the prestigious 24-hours of LeMans, the 12-hours of Sebring, and the Daytona 24-hour sports-car championship races among others. The 917K speaks for itself. It was never designed to be pretty of course, it was designed to be fast, the beauty was just a happy corollary.

The Porsche 917K was probably the last great sports-racing car. It was the leader in a romantic, high-speed era of beautiful cars, which began with the post-war Jaguar C-Types and D-Types and Mercedes SLRs. The 917K, for 'Kurzheck' or short-tail, was created to alleviate aerodynamic issues. The short-tail design was inspired by the Lola T70, and for Porsche, the modifications were exactly what was needed to travel twenty-four hours in rain at LeMans and capture the checkered flag.
 

 
   
Maserati 450S
 
In 1956 Maserati set out to build an engine and chassis that was capable of beating the 'big-boys'. The Maserati designers worked simultaniously on two different engines, a new 3.5 litre six cylinder and a 4.5 litre V8. A new chassis was designed to house both engines. By the fall of 1956, the V8 was ready and it was taken out at the practice of the Swedish Grand Prix. Throughout the fall and winter of 1956, the V8 car was further developed and the engine output was raised from the initial 365 bhp to 400 bhp. With this immense figure, the quad cam, V8 engined 450S was the most powerful front engine sportscar. It was only surpassed by the Panoz prototypes in the late 1990s. The brakes were also revised to be able to cope with the enormous speeds expected from the 450S.
 
 
Maserati 450S on the track
 
 
The 450S made its first appearance at the 1957 Argentinian 1000 km race where it was driven by the Grand Prix drivers Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss. The sport's governing body changed the rules for sportscar racing for the 1958 season, leaving the 450S obsolete. When it finished, it won, and in the rest of the races it was let down more by bad-luck than anything else. Most of 450Ss went to the United States where they were raced with some success. Two were fitted with enlarged 5.7 litre engines, pumping out an incredible 526bhp. In awe of its power Carol Shelby nick-named his 450S, 'Big Hawg'.
 
We are in the process of planning a production run of two Maserati 450S cars. Two correct V8 engines have been sourced as well as transaxles.
  
Bodywork is being planned for production of the Maserati 450S cars in one of our UK workshops.
 
Norman Dewis D-Type - Sanctioned by Norman Dewis
 
Norman Dewis D-Type - Sanctioned by Norman Dewis
With three Le Mans wins, the Jaguar D-Type remains as one of the most successful racing cars ever. The Norman Dewis’ story at Jaguar is both of personal achievement and unique involvement in a heroic period of great cars in Jaguar’s history. In a career spanning 33 years at Jaguar, Norman Dewis tested and developed a remarkable series of cars including: the C-Type, D-Type, and XJ13, as well as driving the “works” D-Type in the 1955 Le Mans. This special sanctioned edition will produce five short-nose cars and five “works” long-nose cars. All of our cars will be constructed to original factory specifications, as personally certified and approved by Norman Dewis, and will qualify for vintage race certification and papers.
 
 
Norman Dewis with the original Prototype
D-Type OVC501.
 
 
 
 

 
Above: D-Type
8 degree manifold

Left: Pattern complete
for dry sump

 
Engineering completed for the period correct
D-Type rear end
 
   
Customer Cars: Under Construction
Bizzarrini Sanctioned 5300 GT Strada
 
Bizzarrini Sanctioned 5300 GT Strada
The Grifo 5300 GT Strada originally debuted at the 1963 Turin Auto Show and it was the talk of the show. The last car was built in 1968. Cars built under the Giotto Bizzarrini’s own name could best be described as the closest thing to taking a race car and putting it on the street.

We are also able to have our Bizzarrini Grifo cars certified by the master himself, Engineer Giotto Bizzarrini. For clients requesting a sanctioned car, Giotto Bizzarrini will oversee the construction process and engineering of their car. Upon completion of the car, he will present the new owner with a signed certificate of authenticity.
  

 
   
Currently in the Planning Process - Future Sanctioned Cars
Ferrari 250 GTO Prototype 0523GT
 
Ferrari 250 GTO Prototype
In 1961 Enzo personally directed Bizzarrini to build a new competition Berlinetta to win Le Mans. On August 11th, within 2 months of starting the project, perhaps the most famous prototype race car of all time rolled onto test track...so the 250 GTO legend was born. In November, due to the growing internal tensions, Giotto Bizzarrini did no more work on the car. And so as work began on the factory production versions, 0523GT was dismantled and lost forever.
 
 
Today, Bizzarrini has agreed to work with us to bring his car back to life an exact recreation of the lost Prototype # 0523GT. The construction and engineering will be overseen by Ferrari prototype 250 GTO Chief Engineer, Giotto Bizzarrini.

On completion of this prototype Giotto Bizzarrini will present the new owner with a signed certificate of authenticity.

 
 
At this time, Fine Sports Cars is in the process of working with Giotto Bizzarrini, the designer and engineer of the original 250 GTO prototype, to establish a portfolio of pictures and mechanical diagrams of the 0523GT prototype.
 
 
Work is planned to begin in 2011 on this unique car that marked the beginning of factory production of the world’s most famous and valuable race car. This Ferrari 250 GTO Prototype 0523GT will be built and engineered based on a customer donor car, the same model used by Bizzarrini to create the original 250 GTO prototype.
 
 
  Photo courtesty of John Starkey, johnstarkeycars.com
Norman Dewis XKSS - Sanctioned by Norman Dewis
 
The Jaguar XKSS is recognized today one of the rarest and most sought after sports cars from the 1950’s. Here was a thinly disguised, road-legal race car - a road-going version of the three-times Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type. Due to a fire at the Browns Lane factory, a total of only 16 XKSS cars were ever constructed.

We have started the planning and prototype process to build a limited run of 5 XKSS cars with Norman Dewis. Like the Norman Dewis D-Type, these cars will be built to the exact specifications of the original cars as they left the factory. The production run of the Norman Dewis sanctioned cars will be officially released in 2011. If you are interested in reserving one of these 5 cars please contact us.
 

 
Vignale Sanctioned 340MM Barchetta
 
Vignale Sanctioned 340MM Barchetta
Only five original 340MM cars were bodied by Vignale -
too few to satisfy the world's sports racing car enthusiasts.
 
 
This car design was successful from the start, winning the 1953 Mille Miglia and the Daily Express race at Silverstone.
 
 
1953
Mille Miglia winner

Ferrari 340MM
Vignale #547
 

 
 
We are currently working with Alfredo Vignale and our engineers in Italy to release a limited edition of the Vignale family’s most famous car (shown here during its original build). The cars will be recreated with a hand-crafted body and chassis by local Italian artisans with personal certification from Sig. Alfredo Vignale.
 
 
 
What is a Remanufactured Car?
We have many clients call us and ask the difference between Fine Sports Cars’ remanufactured cars and a replica classic car, such as a replica Ferrari or replica Maserati. We also have calls asking for information about continuation cars, tribute cars, Ferrari clones or Maserati clones, Ferrari recreations, Maserati recreations, and Aston Martin recreations.
 
 
The key difference is that Fine Sports Cars’ expert teams construct each car to the “exact” period correct factory specifications of the original car using one or more of the following: accurate reproduction bucks, factory archives, the original car, the original mechanical drawings, consultation with marque and club historians; and input from the original factory, engineer, designer, and drivers.
 
 
Please see our full range of cars section to view the world’s widest inventory of replica cars, classic car recreations and classic car clones that are constructed “exact” in every detail, such as our factory and period correct replica Ferrari 250TR, replica 250SWB, replica Ferrari 250 California Spyder, replica Maserati, replica Aston Martin including the DB4GT Zagato, and replica Jaguar D-Type and XKSS models. Built to exact original specifications, we believe the value of our sports racing cars will track the future value curve of the original cars, and prove not only to be a great investment but to deliver motorsport experiences that will last a lifetime!