Gold Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta created by top-secret Special Projects Programme
14 December 2009

The second model to emerge from Ferrari’s top-secret Special Projects Programme has been revealed.

The department was set up in 2007 after the firm saw there was a market in creating unique models to wear the Ferrari badge.

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In 2007 James Glickenhaus created a P4/5 based on an Enzo, but it was made by Pininfarina and not Ferrari. This meant Glickenhaus’s P4/5 wasn’t able to wear a Ferrari badge or be entered in concours events as a Ferrari.

Special Projects was then set up by Ferrari to counter this demand and ensure it could cater for one-off individual requests. Any car has to keep the same basic architecture as the donor car so it doesn’t have to be re-homologated.

Special Projects’ latest model is the Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta. It has been inspired by the gold Ferrari from the 1968 film Toby Dammit and was delivered to its new owner, Edward Walson, whose father invented cable television, over the weekend.

Walson approached Ferrari last year. Special Projects is able to decline requests, but it felts Walson’s was in keeping with the brand’s ideals. Walson worked with a Ferrari consultant in Maranello on the design, before Pininfarina sculpted the final model. The car was then built in Maranello, taking 14 months from Walson’s initial request to its final shakedown test as a road-legal Ferrari.

The Superfast Aperta is based on a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, and it had to undergo extensive carbonfibre chassis strengthening in order to accommodate its targa roof. Weight has increased by 20kg over the standard car.

As well as owning the car, Walson also receives the tooling as part of buying his car through Special Projects. This is to ensure each model made by the department remains unique. Ferrari has the first option to buy back Special Projects cars and tooling to stop them from falling into the hands of speculators.

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14 December 2009

Fair play to the buyer, if youve got it, spend it, & it must be every car fans dream to have a one off car built to their design. I think it looks stunning.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

14 December 2009

If I were a billionaire i'm sure i'd have most of my cars specially made so fair play to the bloke.

Having said that i'm not a massive fan of this, looks too much like a 575 Superamerica (not usually a bad thing, but for a bespoke car....).

14 December 2009

Hmm, looks like a Corvette C3 to me, especially with the gold paint.

Not a fan. The 599 is one of the best looking Ferraris for years, why change it?

I suppose if you have the money....

14 December 2009

[quote iain welford]Hmm, looks like a Corvette C3 to me, especially with the gold paint.[/quote]

Great minds think a like.

14 December 2009

Essentially this is a return to the golden days of the 1950s, when Ferraris were properly rare, and when exceptionally rich owners such as the King of the Belgians and Roberto Rossalini would order their cars with bespoke coachwork. The fact that not everyone likes the finished result is precisely the point: that's what the off-the-peg cars are for.

14 December 2009

[quote TStag]TStag wrote the following post at Mon, Dec 14 2009 1:48 PM:

[quote iain welford]Hmm, looks like a Corvette C3 to me, especially with the gold paint.[/quote]

Great minds think a like.

[/quote]I was just about to say that!

Look at the similarity! > http://images.google.co.uk/url?source=imgres&ct=img&q=http://media.motortopia.com/files/6174/vehicle/46391a7ea8c7d/100_0093_Small.jpg&usg=AFQjCNFwscdZA_nTqJKboBl5n7FGxbsb0w

14 December 2009

whys it top secret. is it stealth technology. the f22 raptor needs 40hrs maintenance for every 1.7hrs flight time. (top secret)

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14 December 2009

I like everything I see except the colour. A much better looking car than the California poseur machine, but not for everybody. I agree with other posters who applaud this return to classic Ferrari one-off specials. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't -- but the world is a better place when there are rich people with imagination enough to comission something interesting.

15 December 2009

I'm not sure I like this particular car, but I am sure glad that the program exists. Now i just need to get my crayons out and draw myself a Ferrari, then find a few million Euros...

15 December 2009

[quote disco.stu]then find a few million Euros...[/quote]

there's 50 odd million Euros available on Friday evening ;o)

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