In the late 1990s, Speedvision, the pre-eminent North American television channel for motorsports news, coverage and other auto-related programming, featured a popular automobile restoration series called Dream Car Garage. Essentially, the program focused the spotlight on a total restoration of a feature car. Episode One would show the original car prior to disassembly, with the last episode depicting the completely restored car roaring into the sunset – or in the case of this Ferrari – roaring off the auction block!
Chassis 10045 was featured in such a way on the show, starting as a red/black original, matching numbers, low mileage California car. It was “almost too nice to restored,” according to Peter Klutt, the principal of Legendary Motorcars, the restoration firm contracted for the rebuild and film production. Take the body, for instance. A strip to bare metal revealed a perfect, never-rusted or accident-damaged shell, which had only had one re-paint from the original factory silver to red sometime in the late 1980s.
Prior to this, our four-cam had been delivered new to Ferrari dealers Martinelli & Sonico of Lugano, Switzerland in 1967. Shortly after that, it was exported from Switzerland to the U.S. with the first American owner listed as L.D. Alderman of Maryland. In 1973, François Sicard carried out major work for an unknown owner. In January 1973, it was bank-owned prior to going to a Robert Neudeck of New York City, with the odometer showing 18,000 kilometres. Neudeck apparently liked this four-cam, owning it for over 20 years and putting some 15,000 furt