Interesting comments section for this BaT Listing: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1962-ferrari-250-gte-4/ Including this story from Desmo: It was 1967, in Denton, TX. I was in graduate school but also actively drag racing and building hotrods for rich kids. There was a car parked in front of graduate student housing, covered. The form was enticing, so one day I peeked under the cover. It was a Ferrari. The car did not move for several months so I tracked down the owner. Turns out it was a 1954 coupe, and the story was that this car had been given by Enzo Ferrari to Alberto Ascari as a reward for winning the F1 World Championship. How it ended up under a cover in Texas was a convoluted tale. And yes, it could be purchased, because the engine was seized and the starving graduate student owner couldn’t even begin to finance an engine rebuild. I got in touch with one of the enthusiasts I knew and a transaction to acquire the Ferrari was negotiated. In those days, I had a connection with a gravel quarry company to buy their worn out truck engines. Because their trucks were operating in an environment thick with rock dust, they wore out engines quickly. And the engines were Chevy 327s with forged cranks…truck stuff. Worn out complete Chevy 327? $50. I won’t belabor readers with too much of the rest of the story, you all know what happened. 1954 Ferrari coupe with Chevy 327 power. In my own defense, I did look into the cost of rebuilding the Ferrari V12, but it was just ridiculous. Dropping a rebuilt 327 in made perfect sense…at the time. As I enter my dottage and look back on my life (please don’t confront me with my failures, I’m aware of them) the hotrodding of what might have been Alberto Ascari’s Ferrari looms large. But wow…what a great car! 3 2’s on that rebuilt dump truck engine, Speedomotive hicomp pistons and a Duntov cam and heads ported and polished in a college apartment. It could drive small circles around the original Ferrari V12. OK, tie me to the hitchin’ post. The original car would be worth what? Easily over a million dollars today. Oh, yeah. The original V12 was sold to a guy who really did make a coffee table out of it.