Market Finds: If Ferraris Were Built In California, This Is What They'd Look Like

If Ferraris Were Built In California, This Is What They’d Look Like

By Petrolicious Productions
October 20, 2015

Photos from Ebay

Thomassima III resides in the Ferrari Museum, which is an incredible honor, given that the three Thomassimas built in total were the product of a Californian, Tom Meade, who was unaffiliated with Ferrari.

He simply wanted to drive Italian race cars on the street, so built his own cars using many parts from the great Italian marques.

The complete story of Meade is fascinating, but I’ll jump right to this car, the 1967 Thomassima II. Until this year, it hadn’t been seen in public since the early ’70s, but a careful stewardship since 1984 and a recent, extensive restoration made it the featured car at this year’s Concourso Italiano. Underneath its sensuous bodywork is a Cooper Climax F1 chassis mated to a Ferrari V12, a combination originally built for Mr. Harry Windsor, a client in California.

Meade was well-known at both Ferrari and Maserati factories, and was able to develop a strong working relationship, mainly around castaway parts and chassis the automakers no longer needed. There’s rightfully a devoted number of followers for Meade’s creations, and perhaps that’s why this car sold so quickly on eBay.

Originally listed with a “Buy It Now” of some $9 million U.S., the car has apparently been sold on, hopefully to a steward who is determined to preserve this unique ’60s supercar for future generations.

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3 years ago

The Thomassimas are interesting vehicles, built with great parts and great skill. So, Guitar Slinger, why do you think it interests Ferrari enough to be in their museum?

3 years ago
Reply to  Rockdad
Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger(@gtrslngr)
6 years ago

Its a nice enough looking car albeit its a bit of a pastiche between a P3 , McLaren M8GT and a host of other cars of the era . e.g. Nice and well done but hardly ground breaking or original .

As far as calling or comparing this to a Ferrari .. especially a California Ferrari in any way . shape or form though ? Trust me … that is a major slap in the face to the creator Mr Meade . Its a Thomassima .. plain and simple …

[ good lord … the link to Mr Meade’s story … methinks I’ll be needing a shovel to dig out of this mess … Exaggerated Myth Hype & Hyperbole to the max .. asking around my CA GearHead legend friends and associates gives a much less glowing perspective of the man and his accomplishments ]

6 years ago

A $9 million car on Ebay?!

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger(@gtrslngr)
6 years ago
Reply to  Highnumbers

.. yeah that it itself tells you a lot about both the car and its current owner .e.g.

Caveat Emptor baby !

Jack Campbell
Jack Campbell(@fb_10204288620559213)
6 years ago
Reply to  Guitar Slinger

i normally refrain from responding to Guitar Slinger because you’re as asshole and piece of shit comment troll, but this bothered me too much. regardless of where it’s sold, you can’t just make broad negative assumptions about “the car and it’s current owner.” you have no idea who he is, and the car obviously has the storied pedigree and provenance to gain it entry into concourso italiano. even if $9m seems a little steep, it’s still a breathtaking ferrari-based 1960s supercar. it’s a 1 of 1 beauty. i sincerely fucking hate you, and i cannot believe the moderators allow you to exist on this site. you provide nothing of value to any of us.

Luis Fernandes
Luis Fernandes(@luis101)
6 years ago

Looks like a Ferrari P3 !