Ferrari News – Check Out These Extremely Rare Ferraris Commissioned By Buyers
When it is a Ferrari, speed and agility come to mind. It’s a vehicle that is ever-ready to pierce through the air and shoot ahead at breakneck speeds. That’s what Ferraris do. Ferraris are breathtaking, speedy, and gorgeous.
As if that’s not enough, some car lovers order their Ferraris in very detailed specifications. They want them in their way or no other way. Such cars become rare and gain notoriety for their hefty price tags.
Commissioned cars are not standard on the roads, for they come with lots of strings attached. Some will drive down the street once in a while, and others remain display vehicles in showrooms. If your bank balance reads some ridiculously unbelievable figures, you may consider commissioning a Ferrari.
Ferraris are also some of the most popular collectibles. Generally speaking, only about 7,000 Ferraris are made every year. In 2008, the company started the One-Off personalization program, which enables clients to order a Ferrari in particular specifications.
The program done in collaboration with design house Pininfarina has produced several special one-of-a-kind cars over the years and continues to gain popularity. Car collectors love them for several reasons, one of them being the possibility of overwhelmingly increasing in value over a period of time. A Ferrari is a worthy investment, as costly as it might be. It’s not surprising, therefore, that many celebrities and wealthy individuals build a splendid collection of such cars in their lifetime.
Here are 10 rare Ferraris whose buyers put in colossal amounts and had them built to specification.
9 Ferrari Sp12 EC
The EC initials on this machine represent the owner’s name, Eric Clapton, the award-winning and world-renowned guitarist. Clapton, a longtime Ferrari enthusiast, had his car built in the same version as his favorite model, the 512BB. He has owned at least three of them.
This vehicle that drinks from a 4.5-liter, 570-hp V8 engine is worth $4.7 million. Ferrari says, “Just like music is created, applying the right notes in the right places to build a musical score, so was the creative process behind the SP12 EC.”
Film director James Glickenhaus loves his Ferraris. He asked for a special Ferrari and design house Pininfarina went on to craft one based on the enviable Ferrari Enzo. His wish was to have it styled like Ferraris race cars of the 1960s and what he got in return was a car that was enjoyable on the road as it was admirable to the eye.
The Glickenhaus Ferrari Ferrari P4/5(formerly known as the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina) draws its magic powers from a 6.0-liter V12 engine generating no less than 660 horsepower.
8 Ferrari Sp1
Business mogul and former president of the Ferrari Club of Japan Junichiro Hiramatsu commissioned a special Ferrari carrying the strain of the F430. It was the first car that Ferrari worked on in its newly launched One-Off personalization program set up in 2008.
The lovely machine was crafted by Italian design label Fioravanti and became a truly special car.
7 Ferrari F12 TRS
The Ferrari F12 TRS was commissioned by an unknown customer. It’s based on the lovely F12 Berlinetta and the project saw the involvement of Ferrari’s chief designer Flavio Manzoni. The TRS part of this Ferrari pays tribute to the 1957 Testa Rossa, which donates a couple of design elements to this gem.
The car makes use of Berlinetta’s 6.3-liter V-12 engine that generates 729 hp and 508 pounds of torque. Although it still carries lots of extravagantly styled curves on the outside, the inside is given a minimalist approach.
6 Ferrari F12 Sp America
The Ferrari F12 Berlinetta was Ferraris’s fastest car ever when it was unveiled in 2012. This is possibly one of the reasons why several Ferrari enthusiasts fell in love with it and commissioned a few special examples.
The SP America was built for Wegmans CEO Danny Wegman. It’s a head-turner that attracts huge crowds and is said to cost around $4 million. Under the hood is the same naturally aspirated V12 6.3-liter engine delivering 740 hp. In a paltry 3.1 seconds, this car will ride from 0-60 mph. The top speed is 211 mph.
5 Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta
The Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta became the second car to come out of Ferrari’s Special Projects program. It was built in 2009 for cable TV owner and producer Edward Walson, son of John Walson, the man to whom the world credits with the invention of cable TV.
Walson said that his idea of a gold Ferrari was inspired by a car feature in the 1968 Fellini film Toby Dammit. He decided it was time to have “his” Ferrari. He had the money, so he just popped into Pininfarina and got things rolling. The Superfast Aperta has a 6.0-liter V12 engine that pushes 620 hp.
4 Ferrari Sp Ffx Coupe 2014
One of the elements that became a point of banter about the Ferrari SP FFX is its resemblance to the Ferrari California. It is based on the Ferrari FF and carries the same engine 6.3-liter V-12 engine from the FF that delivers 651 horsepower.
The FF stands for four seats and four-wheel drive and carried Ferrari’s very competitive engine, the 6.3-liter, V-12 that produces 660 horsepower at 8,000. It manages 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.
3 Ferrari Sp Arya
The Ferrari SP Arya is a cocktail of sorts. It was ordered by Ferrari collector Cheerag Arya who said that designers combined bits and pieces from at least 12 Ferrari models to build it. It takes most of its features from the 599 GTO.
In 2019, Carbuzz reported that SP Arya had changed its name to the SP30 and was up for sale in a Texas dealership. Certainly, such projects attract handsome prices, whether at auction or dealership yards.
2 Ferrari Superamerica 45
New York-based Ferrari collector Peter Kalikow ordered a special one-off car to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his first Ferrari purchase. Such are things you can only do if your bank balance is attractive enough.
The collector got his self-specified gift in the form of a Ferrari 45 Superamerica. Its most distinct feature is the rotating carbon-fiber top which turns the car into a convertible. It’s also finished in a Blue Antile Fez paint to match the owner’s 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica.
1 Ferrari 458 Mm Speciale
The Ferrari 458 MM Speciale was commissioned by a British collector, and part of its unique characteristics is the handcrafted aluminum body. Fitted with a 596-hp V-8 engine that’s mated to a 7-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission, you can feel all its sporting abilities as it hits 62 mph in about 3.0 seconds.
Being a speedy machine, the Ferrari 458 MM Speciale is gifted with responsive aerodynamic elements and vents to allow more cooling. According to Ferrari, the owner specified that the car should be given “highly sporty lines, and this is very evident from the rear, which boldly departs from ordinary Ferrari styling.
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