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<em>Photo: Anatol Kotte</em>

A challenging Tailor Made request

It was quite an unusual request: create a string of unique cars to pay homage to a series of iconic Ferrari models of the past. The Ferrari Tailor Made programme was up to the task
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Chris Rees

The Tailor Made programme is used to satisfying the desire of clients, often through delicate stylistic touches that render each car unique. These can include particular design changes, colours or materials, which for the owner carry special reference to their personal lives.

But in the case of Michal Korecky the desire was to create features that paid homage to other cars already in his collection. It was a demanding commission from a man possessed with an enormous depth of passion for, and knowledge of, the marque's heritage.

As the Czech businessman showed TOFM around his astonishing collection his enthusiasm peaked when he presented six very particular cars: three iconic Ferrari, alongside three modern models that had been Tailor Made to render each a ‘spiritual double’ of the icon to which it pays homage. Michal explains: “You can make almost every detail unique – and we really paid attention to every detail.”

This 812 Superfast was Tailor Made to evoke his 1973's 'Daytona' through leather upholstery, blue highlights, blue carbon-fibre details and a unique sill cover<em> Photo: Anatol Kotte</em>
This 812 Superfast was Tailor Made to evoke his 1973's 'Daytona' through leather upholstery, blue highlights, blue carbon-fibre details and a unique sill cover Photo: Anatol Kotte

He first points to his F12berlinetta. Its unique detailing was inspired by his iconic 275 GTB from 1966. More accurately it is a 275 GTC, with the ‘C’ referring to its competition pedigree, its racing zenith undoubtedly the 1966 victory in its class in the Nürburgring 1000km. “I was amazed by how fast and how driveable the 275 GTC is,” says Michal. He wanted to make his brand new F12berlinetta “as much as possible like the 275 GTC, via the Ferrari Tailor Made programme.”

Thus the deep red Amaranto paintwork matches perfectly. To reproduce the 1960s chrome look, Tailor Made added highlights - in the evocatively named ‘Argento Nürburgring’ tone - such as the mirrors and the ‘dream lines’ over the windows. The 275 GTC’s side-exit exhaust is hinted at by a stripe along the side of the F12berlinetta.

Front and rear metal grilles draw inspiration from 1966, and the matt-finished wheels echo the 275’s disc wheels. The ‘98’ roundels on the doors mimick the racing number of the Nürburgring car. The Connolly leather upholstery incorporates red striping - as did the 1960s car - enhanced by Argento Nürburgring aluminium interior parts and glossy deep red carbon-fibre. A between-the-seats plaque declares: ‘Inspired by 275 GTC Winner Nürburgring 1966’.

Korecky's F12 Berlinetta takes several design cues from its older 'twin', the 275 GTC  <em>Photo: Anatol Kotte</em>
Korecky's F12 Berlinetta takes several design cues from its older 'twin', the 275 GTC Photo: Anatol Kotte

Michal concludes: “The 275 GTC and F12berlinetta may be 50 years apart, but when I drive them, I don’t feel that 50-year difference. There’s absolutely a common thread between them.”

His 812 Superfast was Tailor Made to honour his 365 GTB4 ‘Daytona’ from 1973. “These are both big, powerful muscle cars.” Its Metallic Blu Dino paint was inspired by the Daytona’s livery. Glossy stainless steel exhaust tips and Argento Nürburgring lines replicated the chromework.

“Recalling the Daytona’s Borrani wire wheels was tough,” says Michal, “but the ball-polished forged wheels really do that.” Inside, perforated Heritage leather with blue stitching and blue stripes is matched by ribbed black panels in the doors and shimmering blue carbon-fibre trim.

The last of the trio was prompted by a truly iconic GT racing car, the Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 which won its class at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2014. He chose a 488 Pista in order to “have a Tailor Made tribute to ‘Number 51’ because it’s such an important car” in the Ferrari story. The racer’s Italian-tricolore livery also features a unique three-pointed ‘crown’ on the roof. Graphics on the mirrors recall the snaking shape of the racing mirrors.

On display: Michal Korecky concludes the tour of his awesome car collection<em> Photo: Anatol Kotte</em>
On display: Michal Korecky concludes the tour of his awesome car collection Photo: Anatol Kotte

The number ‘51’ appears on the front lid and on the steering wheel. Inside, carbon abounds. Michal says: “Matt carbon gives that racing feel, everything as light as possible." He describes the end result as something between a road car and a racer.

“To give birth to your own car is a unique story,” the Czech Ferrarista enthuses. “Tailor Made is a very friendly environment and the team are professional, precise and experienced. They always understand your vision. In the end you stand alone and you have to decide. I always like to have some personal touches to show that it’s a reflection of me.”

 

All p​hotographic and video content of the above article was created prior to the Covid-19 emergency and related Government decrees

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