The meticulously crafted movie prop is based on a 1976 Datsun 280Z that received a fiberglass Alpha 1 GTO bodywork and a robust small-block 350 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 engine before being purchased by Paramount Pictures for Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky movie. For those wondering why the movie production company didn't use a real GTO, know that the iconic Ferrari model was produced in only 36 units, so it could not be easily found, and more importantly, it was prohibitively expensive.
The impeccable Datsun Z-based Ferrari replica was originally conceived by Barry Goldstein of Eagle Engineering in California using the base car's original underlying unibody structure and fiberglass body molds. It maintains the right proportions, with the length, width, height, and wheelbase all within a few inches of the original Ferrari 250 GTO, so to the untrained eye, the replica looks just right at first glance.
The Alpha One GTO pictured here is arguably the most famous unit, thanks to its appearance in the dream sequence of Vanilla Sky. The car benefitted from a comprehensive refurbishment in the years following its cinematic debut and is now being offered for sale.
The car boasts a fiberglass bodywork produced by Alpha Design & Engineering of Huntington Beach, California, and is finished in dark blue. Adorned with Ferrari badging and Scuderia fender decals, the exterior is strikingly similar to the original GTO 250 it imitates. Fog lights, plexiglass headlight covers, fender vents, a rear hatch, and a Le Mans-style fuel filler cap complete the exterior styling.
Inside the Alpha One GTO, the bucket seats are trimmed in black vinyl upholstery and are complemented by color-matching door panels and carpets. There is also a wood-rimmed steering wheel, a B&M shifter with a wooden shift knob, and a JVC cassette player.
As mentioned, the car was given a significant refurbishment between 2007 and 2008. Most recently, it benefitted from a paint correction and the application of an Artdeshine nanographene coating in December 2023, increasing its visual appeal. Additionally, service performed around the same time included the installation of an MSD Atomic electronic fuel-injection system and replacement brake master cylinder and booster.
Those who have been fantasizing about driving such a unique car, just like Tom Cruise's character does in Vanilla Sky, have a unique opportunity to turn their dream into reality for what seems to be a very reasonable price. This particular Alpha One GTO is being offered for sale out of Concord, California, and the current bid stands at $41,250. The car is offered with Montana registration and a copy of the original Paramount Pictures title, as well as a promotional photo signed by Tome Cruise and Penelope Cruz and other memorabilia from the film.