**Location: Birmingham | Photos: @the_carographer**

When you imagine spending a day with an exotic speedster that has no roof or windscreen, your first thought probably isn’t of a rainy, cold, miserable day in Birmingham with a splitting headache and man flu.

Nope, it’s probably something much more romantic; the height of summer in Monaco or Italy, perhaps? Mine too. After having met this beautiful Ferrari Monza SP2 in person however, I can tell you that it doesn’t matter. Regardless of weather or health, this Ferrari manages to make everything else - every other distraction - disappear. That’s the mark of a truly special car.

Walking into the dealership, you felt the presence of the Monza before you even saw the car. It’s a strange feeling and I can’t really put it into words … but there’s just something about the thing that you feel immediately. It’s an aura that you don’t get with many cars. It’s like that person that can subtly command a room’s attention by just walking through the door.

As you approach the Monza, that feeling – along with building excitement – grows continuously, reaching boiling point as you get close to it. That’s when everything else disappears. You don’t see anything else, hear anything else, feel anything else. It’s just you and – arguably – one of the most beautiful cars in modern history. At that point, the weather, the temperature and the man flu pale into insignificance.

​ It’s weird. When I think about it, I'm reminded of what Eleven in Stranger Things saw when she entered the void … you know, where everything other than her and her focus (target?) are surrounded by nothing but a brilliant and infinite darkness. That’s something that I can’t say I’ve felt in the same magnitude since I met that Ferrari P4 around five years ago.

The whole time that you remain in that isolated wonderland of Ferrari goodness, it plays in the back of your mind that you have to try and take as much of the experience in as possible. Ferrari will produce under 500 Monza SP1 and SP2 examples (the number of each determined by demand), so that fleeting high is something that you’ll probably never feel again. What you see here is only the second SP2 to arrive in the UK – the first going to Gordon Ramsey earlier in the year.

When it comes to the car itself, there’s a simplicity to the Monza’s design that feels gloriously juxtapose to the modern crop of supercars that feature fiddly diffusers, spoilers, splitters and vents. Calling upon Ferraris gone by, it’s that simple, pure and clean design that allows Monza’s lines and curves to flow uninterrupted from front to rear in stunning fashion.

Alongside that simplicity, however, there’s also an attention detail that perfectly showcases just how good Ferrari are at building cars. My favourite of these has to be the front clamshell which is made up of a single piece, so that it doesn't dilute any of the front curves with panel lines (it starts just above the front grille and heads all the way back to the doors).

Sitting immediately behind the front clamshell are the tiny doors that don’t even have door handles. Opened by a small red loop of leather on the inside of the door, they [literally. With some force] shoot upright to 90 degrees, exposing the carbon fibre filled cabin in all its glory (not that any of it is hidden with the doors down).

It’s with the doors open that you notice even more of the little details that Ferrari have added to the Monza – the most extreme example being the sheer amount of hidden carbon fibre that you would never see unless you went searching for it. After all, it’s the details that make something special.

Usually, at this point, I’d throw countless power figures, kerb weights and Ferrari blurb at you but, if I’m honest, it almost feels like they don’t even matter. What matters is the beautifully sculpted body that Ferrari have placed on top of those 812 Superfast underpinnings. This is an art piece. A statement from Ferrari that they can still make a beautiful car that affects you to your very core.

It sounds strange but, if I’m honest, this is probably one of the only photoshoots we’ve ever done where I’ve not minded the fact that we couldn’t drive the subject car. For once, just looking at this beautiful creation was more than enough. I want it in my house – even without an engine – just to stare at and explore endlessly. I would literally sell all of my furniture. You wouldn’t need anything else.

​ There’s not much else I can say, so I’m going to let these stunning pictures by The_Carographer do the talking … after all, a picture says a thousand words. Ferrari are the reason that I got into cars in the first place, so to spend time – even a few hours – with one as special as this, is something that I’ll cherish for a long time to come.

What do you think, is the Ferrari Monza one of the most beautiful Ferraris of modern history? Let me know in the comments. Go on, let's have a chat.

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