11 awesome special edition Ferraris
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to 11 of the most awesome special edition Ferraris ever made.
It’s become something of a tradition for Ferrari to unveil special edition supercars. Usually, they’ll be mechanically identical to something in their established range, with a much more exotic body, and a price-tag in the millions. From a tangible perspective, they are pointless ways of extracting enormous amounts of money from billionaire Ferrari connoisseurs - but intangibly, they are filled with intrigue and exclusivity. So much so that when you see one for the first time, you can’t help but feel like you’ve brushed paths with something truly remarkable.
It’s such a shame that these special editions only usually see the oxygen of publicity once in their lives, unlike Ferrari’s mainstream models. So, in this blog, I aim to list in no particular order 11 of my personal favourite special edition Ferraris. While I know for a fact that I won’t include everybody’s favourite, I hope you all find something here that you like. And with that, let’s get cracking...
Not to be confused with the recently released Monza SP1, this was a Ferrari special edition from 2008. Laid on top of an F430’s underpinnings was a unique body designed by a man called Leonardo Fioravanti - the same person responsible for the Dino and Daytona.
Looking stunning in blue is the Superamerica 45. With such strong 599 features, it’s not difficult to detect which car it’s based on - but with the absence of a roof, and beautiful features all around, it stands out as being very special indeed.
Designed as a tribute to Pininfarina’s founder - whose name was Sergio, if you hadn’t already guessed - this car was essentially a Ferrari 458 Spider underneath. If you ask me though, the 458 definitely has it beaten in the looks department.
You know you’re a privileged so-and-so when you are able to approach Ferrari with the objective of them designing a custom car for you. For the SP12 EC, that aforementioned “privileged so-and-so” was guitarist Eric Clapton, who wanted a car that aesthetically reflected the classic Ferrari Boxer. With the aid of Pininfarina, a body was created, and then bolted onto a 458 to be sold to Clapton for around £3million!!
330 GT Shooting Brake
If, like me, you have a bit of a penchant for fast wagons, you’ll currently be sitting in a puddle of your own drool - or other unmentionable bodily fluid! While technically, this 330 GT Shooting Brake isn’t the product of Ferrari themselves - rather, the coach-building company Vignale - it is an absolutely breathtaking thing, and I simply had to include it.
Built for one of Ferrari’s most loyal customers, the SP38 is completely unique on the outside. Under the skin, all the oily bits are identical to the 488 GTB, meaning it’s powered by a 3.9L Twin-Turbo V8, producing 661bhp. You can guarantee however that this car will never travel as quickly as any 488 will.
If you’ve ever wondered what a convertible F12 would look like, then wonder no more, my friend. While the red example appears to resemble the F12 closely, the silver version is rather different. While it may look like something a child has modified at Los Santos Customs in GTA5, the silver TRS has just that bit more exterior excitement for me.
P540 Superfast Aperta
When Ferrari gave their 812 the Superfast name, people complained! But back when they introduced the P540 Superfast Aperta, nobody seemed to take any notice. Despite the headlights appearing similar to those found on the 612 Scaglietti, the P540 was actually based on the 599. While the gold paint may be a little on the garish side, you certainly can’t accuse it of not standing out.
The P4/5 is arguably Ferrari’s most famous special edition. Designed by Pininfarina on the request of James Glickenhaus, the P4/5 emulates the styling of the legendary Ferrari P Series racing cars from the ‘60s. To compliment the glorious aesthetics, the P4/5 uses the Enzo’s underpinnings, resulting in fantastic performance, and spine-tingling noise.
To my eyes, the J50 looks more like a future vision concept than a re-bodied special. Built to celebrate 50 years of Ferraris being sold in Japan, the J50 is essentially a 488 underneath, with the 3.9L Twin-Turbo V8 turned up slightly to 681bhp. Only 10 were made, with the price not being disclosed by Ferrari.
Another F12-based convertible, the F60 America was designed to celebrate 60 years of Ferraris being sold in America. With only 10 were being built, the price was £1.56million each back in 2014 - 6 times more than the F12 cost at the time. But for special edition Ferraris, the price is beyond the point.
But now I want to ask you guys: which special edition Ferrari is your favourite? Let me know in the comments.
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