Saturday, April 30, 2011

Save a Ferrari, Build a Kellinson

I've been obsessing lately over a Kellinson coupe.  The Steve Stanford drawing above really got my wheels turning.  These fiberglass GT's have great lines and when combined with some early Vette underpinnings, they even managed to go around a corner without killing its driver.  Forget the Corvette shit.  Let's get serious with some Italian engineering underneath this thing.  Chevy powered Ferrari's like the one pictured below pop up under $30k often enough and are great donor cars. 

Removing the body gives a very competent starting point with double wishbone suspension, a live axle out back and 4 wheel disc brakes.  I've plotted a period perfect Kellinson with a very plausible back story too:

 Hollywood playboy dies in car fire.  Police say the driver flooded the engine of his 1965 Ferrari 330 during start up when the twin magnetos ignited the fuel.  The driver and car are a total loss.  Locals say he had it coming while Enzo Ferrari says it serves him right for not being able to properly start his car.

After the fire, all that remains of the prancing horse is its chassis.  The hot rodder, ever the opportunist, sees potential in blazed GT.  The chassis would be stripped of its Italian heart (as most of the aluminum would've melted in the fire anyhow) and in its place would be a fire-breathing Hemi backed by a Corvette T-10.  A crank-mounted supercharger forces the air while Hilborn handles the fuel duties.  For a body, a recently introduced Kellinson Sports Car would be lowered onto the reinvigorated frame.  Colors are still to be determined and wheels would switch from the Ferrari's Borranis to the obvious American Torque Thrusts.  A proper GT has to have an interior to match its styling and performance.  Loads of leather, machine turned stainless/aluminum, and pretty heavy race car influence adorn car's cabin. 

That's how I see it happening anyways.  Another crank mounted blower you say?  Another Hemi?
Well, Kellinson's body forced a pretty good engine setback (as much as 16" in some models) and empty engine bays look neglected.  The crank mounted blower fills the space, looks fantastic, and it even provides more in the go-fast department.  As for the Hemi, it's hot-rodding's harlot.  Lending itself to whatever it's master desires without being a cheap whore (cough, small block Chevy, cough). 

The interior mimics that of Dutch supercar maker Spyker Cars.  Their interiors are marvelous.  From the pedals, the seats, to its shifter.  Just look at that shifter and its linkage, seriously.  The switches give it that GT40 feel and the machined turned metal is pure hot rod.  A Bell 4 spoke wheel replaces the gaudy thing in the Spyker's interior and remains period correct too. 

What happens to the 330's body?  I thought we were saving a Ferrari, not parting it out....well, that's for another post.  This is only half the story.

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