In order to recreate the 1961 Ferrari California 250GT SWB, we would need a way to bend and shape the metal to its original form.
Luckily, with modern technology, we are able to 3D scan existing cars and build a modern buck like the one me and my Italian counterparts designed here. Maybe there is someone out there that wants to build a car like this. It would be great to see someone utilize this technolgy and the hard work that is going into my design.
A wood buck is used to hand form a car body out of aluminum.
Hand pounding aluminum takes skill and is hard, time consuming work that takes years to master. There are a few shops still in existence worldwide so building the car from our designs would be possible although very expensive!
My good friends at Coachsmithing would be up for the task.
In the impossible to find book, “Gilco, Le macchine di Gilberto Colombo“, the history of the early days of Ferrari race car design is laid out in great detail. Gilco is the name most associated with many of the race wins of the late 1940’s through the 50’s. Their design skills were vital to the early years of Ferrari racing.
Gilberto Colombo cars embodied all the characteristics of post war Italian design. He started designing automobile frames in 1946 to fill the need of racing competitions which were becoming popular throughout the city streets of Europe. Before Gilco, most of these race cars utilized the mass produced parts from cars manufactured by companies like Fiat S.p.A.
The Gilco 203 frame took its name from the 203cm wheelbase.
One of Gilco’s first frames, the “203” featured the now standard design of large tubular outer supports extending outward with smaller tubes providing structural integrity. This design improved overall strength and reduced the weight of the frame.
Borrani wheels are one of the most beautiful and recognizable wheels for classic Italian cars from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. From their vibrant spokes to their polished aluminum deep rims every hand made part is a masterpiece of art.
The 1961 Ferrari California 250GT came with five (including spare) Borrani 3687 RW wheels as seen here in my first of many models for this project.
If you really want to learn how to design products in Autocad or Solidworks, in my opinion, the best way is to start by modeling things that interest you. Making a 3D model of a Borrani wire wheel is a great way to get started.
3D model of a Borrani 3687RW with Pirelli tire and three spoke knockoff.
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In an effort to help encourage inventors, makers and do it yourselfers all over the globe, I have launched inventionhardware.com. This website is the first of its kind offering free parts to anyone who visits. In addition, anyone that wants to become part of our maker community is welcome to submit projects each month in return for lots of free electronic boards. Be sure to check out all the great stuff including robots, Arduino boards, sensors and more.