This is without question the most accurate replica of the marque. Dimensions are exact and allow genuine Ferrari parts to be used
E.G. Autokraft/PKA/Arrow was the work of Emilio Garcia and Peter Jacobs. Emilio had been turning berlinetta Daytonas into spyders for years so it was a logical step for him to engineer a replica. He turned to Peter Jacobs to make the bodies, Peter was the man who built the bodies for the RS200 Ford rally car and the GTD a very well made Ford GT 40 replica.
The E.G bodies were Kevlar reinforced composite and could even be had in aluminium at extra cost.
Uniquely they also built berlinetta''s too and sold around seven in all. Ironically the rareity in the original was in the seven right hand drive spyders but the rareity in the Arrow replicas is there are only seven known coupes! Other replica makers never attempted to build berlinetta copies.
Unfortunately Emilio was no business man, hence Arrow and PKW, and after going out of business twice suddenly disappeared to Germany leaving many kit buyers with half built cars or no car or money at all and Peter Jacobs to handle the flack!
But if he hadn''t made the cars the world would have been a lesser place and he should be thanked for that.
The kits were around £20,000 plus the donor to be built and Emilio would build one for £25,000 for those who wished a built
one.This was around 15 years ago.
Despite this around 80 cars were made or sold in kit form. The club are aware of around 30 but would love to learn of any others that are known.
There is a thriving owners club with members around Europe and the US, which has helped many of them to complete and improve their cars.
Whilst the original had six weber carburettors they are completely hidden by a huge black air
filter that covers most of the top of the engine.
As you can see from this picture of the replica''s engine bay the fuel injected V12 is a much more exciting proposition. With the addition of Ferrari badging the illusion is complete. Many times have I heard the phrase ''this is obviously a real one''. The real thing is so precious they are rarely seen, like priceless paintings.
Other replica owners, with engineering expertise, have even offset the gearchange to the left like the original. This was meant to
allow left hand drive cars to have an easier gearchange, even though it disadvantages the driver of a right hand car!
The replica makers allow many more to appreciate the irrestistible lines of the Ferrari 365 GTS/4.
The car featured in these first three pictures is one of the best Autokraft Spyder''s in the world it now resides in Belfast in the hands of a major motor dealer who acquired it by supplying a car in part payment, which proved to be totally unroadworthy and unsaleable despite promises that it was in perfect working order. Despite protests regarding this over a six week period no compensation was forthcoming. Meanwhile he was offered a £6000 profit on his purchase within a couple of weeks of recieving delivery of it. So, think very carefully before buying a car from Sere Motors in Belfast and dealing with millionaire car dealers who have no scruples or sense of fair play.
Having had lots of Ferrari owners ''chop'' their beautiful berlinetta''s into spyders I suppose it was inevitable that somebody would want a coupe berlinetta. So
Emilio Garcia and Peter Jacobs created one. It is believed there were as many as eight made of which the club are aware of six.
The one pictured here is without doubt the best berlinetta example anywhere. The owner has even re-engineered the gearshift to the left hand side of the transmission tunnel because the original had it that way!