2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder  Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041 Engine no. 24797

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Lot 423
2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder
Registration no. TFM 1F Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041 Engine no. 24797

Sold for £ 56,500 (US$ 73,016) inc. premium
2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder
Registration no. TFM 1F
Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041
Engine no. 24797

Footnotes

  • This stunning recreation of Ferrari's World Sportscar Championship-winning 330 P4 prototype is one of a limited edition built by N F Auto Developments (Neil Foreman). Construction began in 2003 and was completed in May 2005 with full SVA approval. (Neil Foreman was registered as the first owner purely in order to obtain SVA approval).
    The Foreman Mk4 was capable of accommodating a variety of engines; this unique car has the most authentic option: a 4,823cc Ferrari V12 engine taken from a 1978 400GT automatic, which was purchased specifically for the purpose. This donor Ferrari, registration number 'HLH 142T', had covered circa 50,000 miles and came with a full service history confirming the low mileage. Being one of only 502 400GTs made before the introduction of the fuel-injected 400i model, it also had the carburettor-equipped engine. This was a very important consideration, as the fuel-injected engine is less attractive aesthetically.
    The engine was removed from the Ferrari, stripped and completely rebuilt over a period of six months by Vincenzo Mezzulo. All parts used in the rebuild were purchased from Maranello. Vincenzo worked for 27 years at Maranello where he specialised in older Ferraris, acquiring an encyclopaedic knowledge of the marque. For example: he advised that the original sodium-filled exhaust valves should be replaced as they had a poor reputation for reliability at higher revs. Attention to detail has been meticulous. For example: the velocity stack filters were hand made from the finest brass gauze, exactly matching the brass used by Weber in the construction of the carburettors.
    Maximum power is estimated at approximately 350bhp, which is almost certainly a conservative figure when one considers the beneficial effect of the bespoke exhaust system. The latter was hand crafted from stainless steel, the four exit-pipes being painted with white Sperex as used by Ferrari originally on its P4 sports racers. The engine has been very carefully run in since the rebuild's completion in 2005 and was fully serviced by Vincenzo Mezzulo in January 2006. Since then, the car has covered some 1,000 miles and only 2,500 miles in total to date.
    The gearbox is a brand new six-speed unit (as used currently by Porsche) purchased from Getrag, while the clutch is a brand new high-quality Sachs unit. Likewise brand new, the brakes are cross-drilled, ventilated and designed to stop vehicles weighing far more than the Mk4's 970 kilograms. The fuel tank is a competition safety cell and there is a fully automated Safety Devices fire extinguishing system built into the vehicle, with three separate outlets in the engine compartment. The windscreen was hand made and is glass, not Perspex. All the components used were brand new at the time of the car's construction; no reconditioned parts of any kind were used with the exception of the engine.
    Subsequently to the car's completion in 2005, the bulkhead and roof were removed, a modified roll bar fitted and various fabricated modifications carried out by The Wall Garage. The car was then transported to Rob Wilson's premises where a tail from Max Wakefield's race-winning Mk4 was fitted and the conversion from berlinetta to spyder configuration completed. Then, a Ferrari P4-style dashboard was fabricated, and riveted aluminium pontoons added. A period-correct steering wheel Momo Prototipo was sourced, and is fitted with a quick release. Bonnet catches and door handles likewise have that correct period finish. Finally the car was stripped of its red paint and sprayed in its current gunmetal grey livery.
    In summary: a most substantial amount of money has been spent to date on what is probably one of the nicest P3/4 re-creations ever made for the road. MoT'd to August 2010 and offered with Swansea V5C, 'TFM 1F' represents an exciting opportunity to acquire a car that would cost in the region of £130,000-160,000 to build today. Although at present prepared for road use, this exciting 'P4' re-creation would make an excellent racer, potentially eligible for a variety of prestigious events and series.
2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder  Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041 Engine no. 24797
2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder  Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041 Engine no. 24797
2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder  Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041 Engine no. 24797
2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder  Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041 Engine no. 24797
2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder  Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041 Engine no. 24797
2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder  Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041 Engine no. 24797
2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder  Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041 Engine no. 24797
2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder  Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041 Engine no. 24797
2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder  Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041 Engine no. 24797
2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder  Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041 Engine no. 24797
2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder  Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041 Engine no. 24797
2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder  Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041 Engine no. 24797
2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder  Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041 Engine no. 24797
2005 Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder  Chassis no. NFMK4BFEP00304041 Engine no. 24797
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