288 GTO: Search Completed: The Redux
It's time for a new thread...I'm struggling to type this since I'm very excited...but finally the dream has come true. But first, I would like to thank Jimmy who took us to a fantastic dinner in Tokyo and whose search continued to motivate us to find the right car and so I name this thread in his honor.
So, Dean and I have acquired 56653. The funny thing about all of this, that after searching for years, 56653 turned up 3 miles from my own house in Scotts Valley at Canepa Design. Many thanks to Bruce and Robert Jordan for their help and support in making this happen. We have not yet taken possession, I expect to happen in the next 30 days as Bruce goes over it with a fine tooth comb.
As some of you may know, 56653 was #199 of the original 200 homologation cars and was sold to Keke Rosberg. He never took possession of the car, instead selling it on to Joseph Galdi of Tucson on the condition that Il Commendatore never found out. So this is really a one owner car in the most unbelievable, original condition. Current mileage is 8622 km. Over the coming months, I will detail more of the cars history and share some experiences, in the hope that I can match Jimmy's prose.
I have attached some pictures, including one with our friend and business partner Ken Okuyama when he visited us on Saturday.