This Ferrari 365GTB/4 V12 engine meticulously built from eleven different woods, just popped up on eBay. It's one of 25 hand-made by Bill Dietz, each taking 400 man hours and combined three years to build.
Ferrari engines of any vintage are pieces of art on their own, but this absolutely faithful recreation in woods ranging from oak to Philippine mahogany takes things to an entirely different level. Everything is perfectly recreated in wood, from the valve covers to the velocity stacks to the bolts holding the pressure plate on. It got us thinking, what would be cooler to have as a living room decoration, an actual Ferrari engine or this ultra-rare piece of craftsmanship? We're thinking the wooden one, as having a real Ferrari engine would mean a waste of a perfectly good Geo Metro transplant motor.
FERARI V12 365GTB/4 WOODEN DAYTONA MOTOR ,FULL SIZE , MADE OUT OF RARE WOODS ,ONLY 12 MADE BY BILL DIETZ IN MOSS LANDING CALIFORNIA ,THESE ENGINES WERE MADE OVER A 3 YEAR PERIOD ,USING PHOTOS AND A ACTUAL DAYTONA ENGINE , THE MOTOR WEIGHS 50 LBS IT TOOK OVER 400 HOURES PER MOTOR TO BUILD ,EACH IS SERIAL NUMBERD HIDDEN IN THE BLOCK ,THE BLOCK IS MADE OF PHILLIPPINE MAHOGANY ,THE PRESSURE PLATE AND PULLEYS OF WENGE ,THE CARBUETORS ARE TEAK WITH MAPLE VELOCITY STACKS AND THE OIL FILTERS ARE MADE FROM PADAUK ,THE STARTER AND TWIN DISTRIBUTOR CAPS ARE WALNUT WHILE THE DISTRIBUTOR ITSELF,AS WELL AS THE CAM END COVERS ,ARE MADE FROM HONDURAS MAHOGANY ,ALL THE SCREWS ,BOLTS ,AND STUDS ARE BIRCH AND THE WASTER PUMP AND INLET ARE MADE FROM HAWAIIN KOA ,THE OIL FILTER BASE IS WALNUT ,HE SPRINGS AND COILS ARE NAUTURAL WOOD CANING AND OTHER BITS ARE MADE FROM OAK ,THE CAM CVERS ARE THE ONLY PAINTED PARTS .WHEN THE PIECES WERE ALL ASSEMBLED ,.THEY RECIVED UP TO 10 HAND RUBBED COATS OF MARINE VARNISH FOR PROTECTION ,THESE MOTORS SOLD FOR 25K WHEN FINNISHED ,SOME AS HIGH AS 49K ON THE SECONDARY MARKET ,THEY WERE FEATURED IN ROAD AND TRACK AND CAVALINO ,THE MOTOR SITS ON A OAK BASE WITH A BRASS PLAQUE SAYING 365GTB/4 DAYTONA MOTOR ,IT HAS A PLEXIGLASS CASE HAS HAS SOME SCRACHES AND SHOULD BE REPLACED ,THIS ENGINE IS IN PERFECT SHAPE AND HAS GRACED MY LIVING ROOM FOR YEARS ,ITS A JOY TO LOOK AT AND THE DETAILS ARE AMAZING ,IM DOWNSIZING TO LIVING IN A BOAT AND HAVE NO ROOM FOR THIS MASTERPIECE .WE CAN SHIP ANYWERE IN THE WORLD AT BUYERS EXPENSE,VERY REASONABLE RESERVE ,BID TO WIN