Car News 24 Feb 2016

Unique Ferrari Thomassima II selling for £5.8m

Unique Ferrari Thomassima II selling for £5.8m

Designed and built by Tom Meade in the 1960s, this beautiful Ferrari Thomassima II has come up for sale on Ebay with a starting price of £5.8m.

Tom Meade worked with Ferrari and Maserati engineers in Italy, creating one-off specialist cars, and this example is the last available Thomassima (meaning ‘the maximum from Thomas’).  Thomassima I was lost in 1966 in a flood in Florence and Thomassima III is on display in Maranello.

Inspired by Ferrari’s Daytona-winning 330 P3/4, Thomassima II’s flambouyant curves were shaped using marine plywood buck.  The car has a rear-mounted 3.0-litre Ferrari V12 engine – the same as the 250 GT – coupled to a tubular spaceframe chassis.

Although the car was not officially manufactured by Ferrari, Tom Meade’s designs are highly sought after.  Born in California, the renowned designer made a name for himself in Italy in the 1960s after devoting his career to building one-off, artisan-crafted Ferraris.

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