The first official pictures of a one-off Ferrari made for singer and guitarist Eric Clapton have been released.
The car, which is based on a Ferrari 458 Italia and uses the same 4.5-litre, 570bhp V8, has been modified to pay homage to Clapton’s favourite Ferrari, the 512 BB. Clapton has owned three 512 BBs, according to Ferrari.
The car, which is the latest to have been created for wealthy clients by Ferrari’s specialist One-Off Programme, is called the Ferrari SP12 EC.
Clapton took delivery of the car at the start of this year and delayed its registration to get it on to a 12 plate, which was more appropriate to its name.
However, although Clapton is known to be a fan of Ferrari 12-cylinder engines, the 12 in the car's name is not thought to relate to that fact. Instead, it is thought that Ferrari has previously had 10 special project cars commissioned (but not all built) and that Clapton requested not to have number 11, as he is superstitious and believes the number three is lucky. As a result, he requested 12 (1+2).