This computer-generated Ferrari 250 GTO carved from marble rocks

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Lapicida Marble Ferrari GTO

The Ferrari 250 GTO ranks as perhaps the most valuable production car ever made. In just the past two years, units of the ultimate ’60s sports car have sold for $ 32 million, $ 35 million and maybe as high as $ 52 million. With just 39 of them ever assembled, these Ferrari owners are among a rarefied class of an already top-tier class of car collectors. So once you collect the ultimate car, then what do you do? How about buy a scale model of it hewn from a single block of Arabescato marble by stone specialist Lapicida?

Interestingly, no sculptor developed a leathery callouses on his or her hands over the hundreds of man hours surely necessary to create this work of art, nor were dozens of hand tools worn to the nub in the pursuit of this homage to Italian performance. To create the 1:3.6 replica of a 1962/1963 GTO, Lapicida simply laser-scanned an actual GTO and fine-tuned the resulting data in 3D modeling software. Then, the file was sent to a computer-controlled, five-axis mill to shape the marble, which was selected because the veining gave the illusion of speed. Finally, it was hand-finished to make sure the details were as crisp as possible. The completed model measures 47.2-inches long, 18.1-inches wide and 13.4-inches tall and retails for a tidy £30,000 – over CAD$ 54,000.

Impressive though it may be, it seems hard to imagine spending that sort of money on a car that you can’t sit in or drive down the road. Then again, if you can afford to own a real 250 GTO, it’s barely pocket change. Lapicida also takes commissions, so if you want a marble model of your car, they’re happy to do it. Then again, if you just need your foyer retiled or your personal chef’s is demanding an upgraded kitchen, they’ll do that, too. Scroll down to get the full details on the model.

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