My friend, I have bought 3 amazing cars from you. I respect your integrity, honesty and loyalty to do the best in your power to provide your friends the best car, exceeding their expectations. Also was impressed the follow up that Doug did with the Daytona, and Janet's persistence to make sure all the shipments were done to my satisfaction.
I know I'm young (comparing to most of your clients), but if I ever want any car, not only a Ferrari, you are the FIRST one I will approach. An example of my trust is that please let the money stay with berlinetta, and we will adjust it to my next purchase.
I thank you (all) for the experince of knowing that there is one company that I can fully trust.
-Cheerag [Dubai, U.A.E.]
PS: my special regards to Janet. -- She's always been very nice to me.
“When asked, ‘ What most impressed me with the car ?’ my answer related to the fact that not only did I purchase the car, but also commissioned modifications solely by telephone.”
-Ron Busuttil, M.D., Ph.D.
"Doug, your reputation is beyond reproach. I have bought several Ferraris in my lifetime, and I know when I buy from you I am buying a car from a reputable person."
"The exhaust and engine work you did are spectacular! The car sounds completely wonderful - I can actually hear it swallowing air, and I have no doubt the bad headers were causing all kind of backpressure issues -- the increase in power is kind of breathtaking. Obviously the timing correction has a lot to do with that as well. I feel pretty sure the car runs better than it did when it was delivered new to Sonny Crockett back in 1997. And it sounds like a Ferrari again, not a landscaping truck!"
"The engine compartment is vastly improved as well, and the resurfaced console etc. looks most excellent."
"None of this was cheap, but it was all well worth it. A job really, really well done!"
Currently, Berlinetta Motorcars is working on two factory original Daytona Spyders - engine and transmission rebuilds, and two Daytona GTB/4s - restorations.
Ferrari made 121 Daytona Spyders, plus one prototype (12851) for a total of 122. One way to tell a genuine Daytona Spyder from a cut conversion is the pop-up headlights. All Daytona Sypders have pop-up headlights. That is, except for one. The prototype Daytona Spyder, serial number 12851, is the only real Daytona Spyder that has Plexiglass covered headlights. Ferrari made this prototype in 1969 but didn't start Daytona Spyder production until 1971.
After Ferrari's big win at Daytona in 1967, it was rumored that Enzo would name the newest V-12 after the track where this win occurred. Since there is no "Y" in the Italian alphabet, Ferrari was going to call his latest creation the "Daitona". The rumor garnered much laughter, and, pissed off, Enzo scrapped the idea and instead went with the standard cylinder displacement name: 365. Some say that because the press believed Ferrari would name this new car after the 1-2-3 victory at Daytona, which was cause enough for Enzo to rule out the name completely. The ambiguity of the truth is part of Ferrari's mystique. But no matter what the real story is, the 365 GTB/4s and the 365 GTS/4s are more commonly known as Daytonas and Daytona Spyders.
Another interesting tidbit about Daytona Spyder is its official name. All US model Daytona Spyders are officially called 365 GTB/4s. All other market Daytona Spyders are called 365 GTS/4s. The only US-spec Daytona Spyder whose data plate actually reads "365 GTS/4" is the first US-spec Daytona Spyder, serial number 14383 (seen below). The data plates of all subsequent Daytona Spyders built for the US market (96 in total) read 365 GTB/4.
A "Berlinetta car" is one that has been prepared for sale to the standards established by our shop; it is a reliable mark of quality. Purchasing a car from Berlinetta, you will experience an unparalleled level of quality and service. Berlinetta's reputation is built on integrity. Purchase with confidence. Whether you drive your car away, or unload it from a transporter, you can expect that your Berlinetta car will be as represented and ready for the road.
Berlinetta's highly regarded reputation and approach toward customer service is a consummate one. When Berlinetta offers a Ferrari for sale, you're not simply buying a car; you're acquiring the first class example that you've worked so hard to earn. A select car that is offered for sale is thoroughly serviced and pampered so that you can execute a worry free acquisition.
Berlinetta's reputation is acknowledged and respected by the Ferrari community. Clients benefit from our ability to source the best examples of the most desirable Ferraris both here and abroad. Although many cars are advertised, some of the finest cars in private collections are marketed discreetly by private arrangement, so you need to inquire specifically about cars you might desire. Although advertising generates the most traffic, some sellers have various reasons to offer a car by private treaty, and you may overlook an ideal car if you don't ask widely, or trust us to do it on your behalf.
Additionally, when it's time to sell a car from your own collection, Berlinetta can assure that you get the proper exposure and price in the current market through a widely advertised program or selective confidential presentation to qualified collectors. If you'd like to receive e-mail updates on cars for sale through Berlinetta Motorcars, please click here.
You will find us to be generous in sharing our knowledge of Ferrari automobiles and the current market. We are enthusiasts ourselves and are always available to talk cars. So when you have thoughts of buying or selling, we offer an honest consultation about specific models and their suitability for your collection. Let us help you navigate the sensitive intricacies involved in finally getting the car you want. Building relationships is our goal, and we hope you will want to build one with us.
At the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, Ferrari announced their new One-to-One personalization program - an opportunity for allocates to customize their orders beyond the rudimentary options offered by its existing program - Carrozzeria Scaglietti.
But did you know that Berlinetta Motorcars has offered a customer indulgence program since 1979? We also offer you the opportunity to personalize your Ferrari. From custom bodywork and paint to interior trim and engine modifications, your imagination is the limit at Berlinetta Motorcars.
A great example of the work Berlinetta does is the very "308 Supercar" raced by Doug in IMSA back in the '90s, earning manufacturer's points for Ferrari S.p.A.
Upgrades ranged from power and brakes to body panels, suspension and everything in between. In the end, Doug's very own 288 look-alike was putting out over 700 horsepower. They also built a 1,000 bhp Testarossa that was a feature story in Car and Driver. Stay tuned for next issue where we'll present pictures of current and past commissions.
To speak with a Customer Indulgence Liaison about personalizing your Ferrari or other automobile, call or e-mail Berlinetta Motorcars today.
What would BMC be without its own R&D department? Recently, Doug spearheaded another division of Berlinetta Motorcars that researches and develops their own products. It behooves BMC to keep this part of the newsletter vague, but several Berlinetta Motorcars inventions (and patents!) are well underway and should be on the open market, available to the public within a year. As concepts come to fruition, and prototypes give way to production, we'll keep you posted. But if you have an idea, or want something for your own car that doesn't currently exist, talk to Doug. Chances are, he can fabricate it for you.
For the past 29 years, Doug Pirrone, President of Berlinetta Motorcars, has overseen countless restorations, engine overhauls, custom modifications, and tune-ups on priceless automobiles. Today, Doug stands by every detail of every job commissioned through Berlinetta Motorcars. Mr. Pirrone doesn't show up to work each day in a suit, reclining on a plush leather office chair with his feet on the desk issuing orders. A mechanical engineer, coachbuilder, welder and Pebble Beach winning painter, he's the first one in, donning jeans and a tee shirt, personally tending to and overseeing every project that comes through the doors. Doug doesn't simply own and run a business, he puts his passion to work . . . for you.
But Doug's fingernails aren't the only ones getting dirty. Berlinetta Motorcars has the masterful experience of others who are just as committed to the excellence you demand.
Thomas has raced Ducatis at Bridgehampton, Summit Point, Pocono, and Loudon race tracks. Sport bikes, and especially Italian sport bikes are another passion at BMC. Thomas' 30 year professional career began as an automotive and European sport bike mechanic. He evolved into a professional machinist, and later became a tool and die maker as well. How many repair shops have a top of the line Bridgeport milling machine and an in-house machinist? How many shops can actually diagnose a problem and know that a component needs to be machined? The fuel rail that Thomas is machining in this photo is from a 1,400 mile Ford Escort Group B Rally stock car.
But Thomas diagnosed correctly that the component had insufficient clearance around the banjo belt, causing insufficient fuel flow and jammed fuel pumps. Thomas has installed and repaired complex machinery for industries with components considerably more intricate and challenging than the Ferrari engines and transmissions that are now his specialty.
Tucked away in Huntington, New York on Long Island, Berlinetta Motorcars employs great discretion and care with each and every automobile it encounters. An owner of several vintage Ferraris through the years, Doug Pirrone doesn't simply do a job. He shares his passion with you by doing what he does best: caring for, maintaining, repairing and restoring cars. You're not trusting just anyone with your pride and joy. You're putting your baby into the hands of someone who, both privately and professionally, knows exactly what you want and knows exactly how you feel.
Stay tuned for the next issue where we'll share pictures and details of our trip to the annual Cavallino Classic, as well as the first of a series of installments on restorations. A priceless account of participating in the Mille Miglia is being prepared for a future issue. Be on the lookout for these features.