If you’re in a Ferrari, you’re king of the road. But there are Ferraris, and there are Ferraris. Mere mortals can rock up to a dealer and drive out with a Portofino, F8 Tributo, GTC4Lusso or 812 Superfast.
Not so with the special editions: the mere existence of which is often difficult to verify. This rarified unobtanium is only available to – and often commissioned by – Maranello’s most loyal customers, along with the most revered Ferrari collectors.
Here are some of the finest examples from over the years.
The latest special edition Ferrari bucks the trend somewhat. The P80/C is no coachbuilt special designed to light up Pebble Beach 50 years from now with its panel-beaten curves. Instead, it’s a track car that rivals the McLaren Senna for single-mindedness. Its design is peppered with homages to racing Ferraris from history, it took more than three years to build, and it’s a one-off. Doesn’t get much more special than that.
Ferrari SP1 and SP2
Arriving shortly before the P80/C, were the Monza SP1 and SP2, revealed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Both use the 800hp V12 from the Ferrari 812 Superfast and draw inspiration from the racing barchettas of the 1950s. The SP1 is a single-seater, while the SP2 has room for one passenger. Both lean heavily on classically beautiful Ferrari designs of old.
The SP38 is based on the running gear of the 488 GTB and is the latest creation from Ferrari’s One-Off programme. Built for one of the marque’s most loyal customers, it features a few subtle nods to Ferrari’s heritage, along with wafer-thin inset headlights, relocated daytime running lights and a wedge-like profile.
Ferrari F60 America
Ferrari unveiled the limited edition F60 America at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills back in 2014, building 10 units to mark the 60th anniversary of its presence in North America. Powered by the F12’s V12 engine, the F60 America was notable for its fabric roof, which worked at speeds of up to 70mph. Fittingly, the special edition was treated to a North American Racing Team (NART) livery.
Ferrari SP12 EC
The ‘EC’ in the Ferrari SP12 EC stands for Eric Clapton, as the legendary guitarist allegedly spent £3 million on this one-off creation. Designed to pay homage to the Ferrari 512 BB – of which Clapton has owned three – the SP12 EC was based on the 458 Italia. It’s got us on our knees.
Ferrari F12 TRS
Taking inspiration from the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa of the 1950s, the F12 TRS was the F12 Berlinetta’s extreme cousin. The one-off special edition retained the standard car’s V12 engine, but the car was stripped back to the bare essentials. Even the roof was removed.
Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano China Edition
In 2009, Ferrari auctioned this unique 599 GTB Fiorano in Beijing. Finished with a cracked-glaze pattern inspired by the Ge Kiln porcelain of the Song Dynasty, the one-off 599 was bought by an anonymous bidder from Shanghai for around £950,000.
Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio
Built to honour Sergio Pininfarina after his passing in 2012, the Pininfarina Sergio concept was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Based on the 458 Spider, the car was not intended for production, but Ferrari later announced that it would build six Sergios, still based on the 458 Spider. Car number one, pictured here, was offered at RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction in May 2018.
Ferrari Superamerica 45
You know you’ve made it in life when you’re able to commission Ferrari to build a special edition commemorating the 45th anniversary of your first Ferrari purchase. But that’s exactly what a New York collector did in 2011 with the Superamerica 45. Highlights include a rotating one-piece carbon fibre roof.
Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe Vignale
Arguably one of the prettiest Ferraris ever created, the 250 Europa Coupe Vignale was presented at the 1954 New York Motor Show. Designed by Michelotti and built by Vignale, the one-off beauty was sold at RM Sotheby’s New York auction in 2015 for £3.3 million.
Built to celebrate Giorgetto Giugiaro’s 50th year as a car designer, the Ferrari GG50 was based on the 612 Scaglietti. Amazingly, the concept – which was sketched by the great man himself – featured a hatchback and flat-folding rear seats. How very practical.
Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina
The so-called ‘Beast of Turin’ has an incredible backstory. Car collector, James Glickenhaus, was approached by Pininfarina to commission a one-off car. Glickenhaus agreed and demanded the car should be based on the last unregistered Ferrari Enzo. So impressed was he with the results, the then Ferrari chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, agreed to allow the Ferrari badge on the front.
Ferrari 575 GTZ Zagato
Only six Ferrari 575 Maranellos were treated to a Zagato body, but each one was unique and tailored to the individual needs of the first owner.
Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta
Do not adjust your set, this is indeed a gold Ferrari. The Pininfarina-designed P540 Superfast Aperta was commissioned by the son of the chap who invented cable TV. According to Edward Watson, it was “the most special Christmas present of my life”. Well, underneath the wrapping was a Ferrari 599.
Vandenbrink Ferrari 599 GTO
Although not officially acknowledged by Ferrari, the Vandenbrink 599 GTO concept was a pretty good tribute to the original Ferrari 250 GTO.
Gemballa MIG-U1 Ferrari Enzo
If the Vandenbrink 599 GTO slots into the fine tribute category, surely the Gemballa MIG-U1 does precisely the opposite. Nobody is doubting the amount of work Gemballa put into re-imagining the Ferrari Enzo, we’re just not sure the effort was worthwhile. What do you think?
Ferrari SA Aperta
Ah, that’s better. Announced at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the SA Aperta was a drop-top version of the Ferrari 599, with all 80 cars sold before it was unveiled. Is 80 too many for this car to feature in this gallery? Perhaps, but when it looks this good, who’s complaining?
Gullwing America Ferrari F340 Competizione
You’ll either love the Gullwing America Ferrari F340 Competizione, or you won’t. Designed as a tribute to the 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta, we happen to quite like it.
Wheelsandmore Ferrari FF
Tuning house, Wheelsandmore, has created its fair share of Ferrari special editions, often with varying degrees of success. Purists may bemoan its inclusion here amongst some of the great designers and coachbuilders, but this FF was suitably subtle.
Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake
The Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake is perhaps the most British Ferrari in the world. If such a thing exists. It was built in 1968 at the request of Luigi Chinetti Jr, who simply wanted an estate version of the 330 GT. Formerly owned by car-nut Jay Kay, it was recently for sale at Joe Macari in London for around £700,000.
The Ferrari Ascari concept won the ‘Ferrari: New Concepts for the Myth’ car design award in 2005. Judges included Luca di Montezemolo, Jean Todt and Piero Ferrari, the only living son of Enzo Ferrari.
Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta by Zagato
You have to hand it to Zagato, for it knows a thing or two about creating Ferrari-based masterpieces. Using the 250 GT Tour de France chassis, Zagato transformed the race car into a more opulent affair. Five were built – a Berlinetta (seen here), Coupe Corsa, Competizione, Lusso and Prototipo.
Ferrari 458 Italia 20th Anniversary Special Edition
Ferrari celebrated the 20th anniversary of its first car sold in China by introducing a 458 Italia special edition exclusively for the Chinese market. Predictably named the 458 Italia 20th Anniversary Special Edition, only 20 cars were built, with each one finished in exclusive Marco Polo Red.
Ferrari 458 MM Speciale
Launched in 2016 and designed by Ferrari’s in-house styling team, the 458 MM Speciale featured a ‘visor’ effect for the windscreen and a number of nods to the firm’s heritage. These include a black-painted A-pillar in the style of the 1984 Ferrari GTO and Italian flag livery. The handcrafted aluminium bodywork was all new, while the one-off creation sat on unique alloy wheels.
Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export ‘Uovo’
Fontana of Padova and the sculptor Franco Reggiani were commissioned by Count Giannino Marzotto to create a streamlined body for the Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export. Nicknamed ‘Uovo’ (Italian for egg), the one-off creation was around 150kg lighter than Ferraris of the time and fitted with twin shock absorbers and a 156-litre fuel tank. It sold at Monterey in 2017 for a cool $4.5 million.
This is where it all began for Ferrari’s Special Projects division: a bespoke F430 built for a Japanese customer named Junichiro Hiramatsu in 2008, who was said to be a fan of the Fioravanti concept car of 1998.
Ferrari FXX K Evo
Launched in October 2017, the K Evo is an evolution of the XX programme launched in 2005, with cars developed for research and innovation purposes. Like previous XX cars, it’s not homologated for road use, but aimed at Ferrari’s select-group of enthusiasts who are keen to be involved in the development of a ‘closed-wheel laboratory car’.
Ferrari at 70
In truth, there are too many SP builds to mention here, so we haven’t included them all. We’ve also avoided the Tailor Made cars unveiled to mark Ferrari’s 70th anniversary in 2018. Maranello created 70 exclusive liveries to “blend the past with the future to create the icons of tomorrow”. All cars featured a commemorative logo and an ID plate with the name of the model that inspired them.