Ever since the roofless/windshieldless Pininfarina concept that honors Pininfarina founder, Sergio Pininfarina, made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013, there have been rumors that a limited production run may be in the works. A report has surfaced that the impressive Ferrari 458-based supercar will have a limited production run of six examples with an approximate price tag sitting around the $2 million mark. Unlike the concept, the production version of the Sergio will likely come with a windshield and side windows in order to meet European road standards, as well as a 12-mm taller nose to pass pedestrian protection guidelines.
During the two-day event that took place in Pebble Beach, over 21 million dollars changed placed at the classic car auction hosted by auction house RM. During that auction the top six sellers were all Ferraris while the top four were all members of the 275 family. In total, 21 cars were sold for over one million dollars, 13 of those cars sold were Ferrari.
One of those cars was a 275 GTB/4 that was originally owned by Hollywood legend Steve McQueen. Exotic cars with Hollywood roots tend to sell well at auction, including those that belong to celebrities that are synonymous with racing and speed. Steve McQueen’s vintage Ferrari grabbed an impressive $10,175,000 at auction.
Other vintage examples of Italian muscle also did well at the Pebble Beach Rm Auction to include a 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV, which sold for just over $2 million. The most expensive non-Italian car to cross the block was a 1911 Mercer Type 35R, which pulled in a respectable $2.53 million.
In the world of supercar upgrades, there are a lot of performance packages to choose from, some are conservative and some are downright outrageous. Every once in a while a performance package comes along that is the perfect combination of style and performance that brilliantly blends together everything that was special about the original build with just the right amount of extra muscle. The N-Largo Ferrari F12 from Novitec Rosso is a stunning example of this perfect harmony between aftermarket and stock excellence. The N-Largo features a carbon-fiber body kit with unique side skirts, a new hood that is matched to a black spoiler and a set of twin-spoke wheels that are off-set 21 inches in the front and 22-inches in the rear. A mild power package has been added to give the F12 a performance boost above the standard 740 hp. This combination of weight reduction, aerodynamic improvement and power boost creates a stunning result that is a beautiful as it is powerful.
There appear to be a lot of changes underway at Ferrari that seem to show the Prancing Horse taking a new direction from what up to this point has always been naturally aspirated engines. We have already seen evidence of this attitude shift in Ferrari’s newest flagship supercar, the LaFerrari and the release of the California-T. Car Magazine is reporting that an inside source claims that Ferrari is developing a new twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine that is “designed to be long-term, street-legal and affordable in big growth markets such as China.” Don’t let the fact that we are talking about a V6 engine fool you, the inside source states that the power output from the twin-turbo V6 will be close to 600 hp. Release date on this new engine is not expect until the 458 is completely replaced in 2019. Ferrari is currently preparing a twin-turbo variant of the Ferrari 458 to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
For those of you out there that love Ferrari as much as you love chess, check out this carbon-fiber Ferrari themed chess set that is currently being offered at Ferrari’s official online store. The pieces of this set are hand-carved from wood while the board/storage box is hand crafted from fiberglass and carbon-fiber. Prepare to dig deep in your wallet for this one; the handmade carbon-fiber Ferrari chess set will set you back just a little over two thousand dollars.
It seems as if supercar owners are always trying to one-up each other with the latest over-the-top body wraps. Being that wraps go over the original paint and do not damage the collector value of a supercar, has only encouraged wealthy people to create the most ridiculous paint schemes possible. Pictured above is a brilliant example of a Ferrari 458 Italia spotted in Cannes, dressed out in an eye-catching diamond wrap. Definitely this makes an already hard not to notice car even harder not to notice. For those that feel the Italia by itself just doesn’t demand enough attention, now have other options. The silver base color under the sparkles is a perfect match for the Ferrari red brake calipers and creates a brilliant contrast. All-in-all, this is a wonderful wrap that definitely demands to be noticed.
Suggestions have been made recently that a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO for sale on the auto trading site Mobile.de with a listing of $64 million is actually a fake. That is the expert opinion of the world’s leading Ferrari historian, Marcel Massini. “It’s a replica” Massini told. “I can tell you that with 100 percent certainty. I know where all of these cars are today and this not one of the original GTOs.”
Massini has an extensive relationship with not only the location of the original 39 Ferrari 250 GTOs; he has photos and detailed histories on all of them. Massini also points out that the method for how the GTO is being sold is also a red flag that this Ferrari is a fake. Massini suggests that anyone interested in selling a Ferrari this rare and expensive would not choose to use an internet car site for sale. He also mentions that the astronomically high price of $64 million also is a warning sign.
The latest episode of EVO features a drive through the Swiss Alps in a Rosso Corsa Ferrari F40 being driven by Henry Catchpole. This video maintains a focus on featuring the aspects of the Prancing Horse and how the F40 handles the twisting turns of the Alps versus the more traditional supercar video that uses helicopter views of sweeping landscapes. The turn from the traditional approach to cinematography creates a fresh perspective and definitely maintains a focus on the car. Catchpole integrates seamless commentary about the quirks of the Ferrari F40 along with funny stories that he has experienced with the supercar.
There are a lot of time pieces on the market that pay tribute to supercar companies and racing roots to include the Scuderia Ferrari line from Movado. This is first time that we have come across a company that is actually using car parts from a real Ferrari in their face design. British watch designer Christopher Ward has created a limited-edition watched appropriately named the C70 3527 GT. The nomenclature 3527 is a nod to the chassis number of the seventh Ferrari 250 GTO from which the designer uses pieces of the exterior paneling to make the face of the watch.
The Christopher Ward C70 3527 GT Chronometer uses a museum-grade sapphire crystal and traditional Ferrari red coloring. The exterior panel of the Ferrari 250 GTO used in the making of the watch can be seen on both sides of the time piece. Cut by Swiss metal-cutting experts, the exterior panel done in Rossa Corsa red shows through the number six on the back of the timepiece. Rossa Corsa stitching is also present on the leather band of the watch.
There are 100 of these timepieces being made at a price of $2,950, and a limit of one timepiece per individual buyer.
It is not a secret that Ferrari is known as the most successful manufacturer to ever race in Formula One. What a lot of people do not remember is that Ferrari had a very successful career in sports car prototype racing. Between 1940 and the early 1970s, Ferrari won 9 Le Mans wins and 13 World Sportscar Championships. Ferrari’s involvement in sports car prototype racing came to an end in 1974 when Ferrari Chairman, Enzo Ferrari, decided to focus the manufacturer’s attention on Formula One racing. Two decades would pass before the Prancing Horse would return to prototype racing with the release of the Ferrari 333 SP in 1994.
Designed by the famed Italian chassis manufacturer Dallara, at the request of amateur racer Giampero Moretti, the 333 SP was available for purchase until 2003, and holds the distinction of being the only Ferrari race vehicle to win the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
The Ferrari Challenge is a customer interaction program that allows Ferrari customers the opportunity to race their specially built Challenge cars in a structured and competitive environment against other Ferrari owners. The Ferrari Challenge takes place on some of the most challenging tracks in both the United States and Canada. The Ferrari Challenge comes to the famous Watkins Glen racetrack on September 19-21, for a complete weekend of supercar racing, gourmet food and fun filled activities for the entire family. The only requirement to participate in the Ferrari Challenge is ownership of a Ferrari. Ferrari hopes that these sort of engagements help to strengthen the bond between Ferrari owners and the Ferrari brand.
It is not a secret that the relationship between Chris Harris and Ferrari is a strained relationship at best. This has not stopped Harris from purchasing Ferrari’s 12-cylinder supercar, the Ferrari FF. There is also a lot of fuss at the moment about the Drive network wanting fans to pay for the Drive+ channel in order to see the top videos. There has been some grumbling around the web that the timing of Harris showing of his shiny new supercar lining up with the release of the pay channel was poorly planned at best. Regardless of the situations, the Ferrari FF is downright gorgeous and Harris is hands down one of the best supercar drivers on YouTube. It’s good to see that even when there are differences between the manufacturer and the reviewer that everything can be worked out.
Everyone expects the current Ferrari flagship, the LaFerrari, to have a reign at the top of the Ferrari food chain for about a decade. Given the space between previous flagship projects such as the Enzo, this timeline makes the most sense. This hasn’t stopped designers from imaging what the next supercar to take over the world could possibly look like. Independent designer Adriano Raeli has envisioned a “street legal F1 car,” named the Ferrari F80. This is a futuristic design that embodies several very aggressive styling cues to include side mirrors attached to the roof and an insane front grill. Raeli’s design is powered by a twin-turbo V8 that delivers 900 horsepower matched to a 300 horsepower KERS system for a combined power output of 1,200 hp with a 0-60 mph time of just two seconds and a top speed of 310 mph.
Last weekend in Pebble Beach, Ferrari unveiled a new Ferrari 458 Speciale drop top to a private audience. This new variant of the Ferrari 458 Italia combines the weight reduction and power benefits of the 600 horsepower Ferrari 458 Speciale with the coolness of a convertible. Currently the Italia is the only 458 sibling to offer a topless option. This vehicle is currently nameless and rumored to only have a production run of 458 examples. Ferrari expects to debut the topless Speciale to the word at the Paris Motor Show in October, hopefully by then it will have a name.
Even with the Ferrari Enzo being over a decade old and no longer the reigning king of the Ferrari kingdom, these ultra rare supercars are still demanding sky-high prices at both auction and private sale. One of the reasons that the Enzo continues to climb in value has a lot to with just how limited this supercar was and how rare it is to see one come up for sale. With only 400 ever made, this particular example only has 1,157 miles on it and has been placed up on EBAY by Manhattan Motorcars for an astonishing $3.2 million. This will set the record as the most expensive sale of a Ferrari Enzo to date. There is no sign that the value of these supercars are anywhere near their price peak. Expect the Enzo to continue to climb in value.
As previously stated on this blog, RM Auctions had announced that Steve McQueen’s 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 would cross their auction block in August. All previous expectations were surpassed when McQueen’s vintage Ferrari took in a rather respectable $9.25 million. Celebrity cars always generate excitement at auction, including those celebrities with Hollywood ties. McQueen is not just a Hollywood icon; his name will always be associated with speed and fast cars.
McQueen was in possession of this 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 for four years before the vehicle was sold to a couple that have done an amazing job of preserving this piece of Hollywood history to include a complete restoration of the GTB/4 that was completed just a few years ago.
This vintage Ferrari breaks all the rules and goes against all of the traditional body styling that is found on classic examples of the Prancing Horse. There are several reasons why this 1975 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 looks so different. For starters, the 1975 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 was designed by Pininfarina and rival Italian car designer Bertone. Bertone had completed the design to be used for the Lamborghini Urraco, Lamborghini was less than impressed with the design and shot down the project. So when Ferrari announced that they were looking for a design, Bertone offered up the failed Lamborghini project.
One of the most distinct aspects of the Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 is the fact that this is the first time that Ferrari mass produced a mid-engine V8. The look of the Dino was not appealing to collectors and has always been the odd-ball Ferrari, until now. Collectors are starting to see the appeal of the Dino, a new generation of car collectors is upon us and they seem to have an eye for the ugly. Check out this story of a Dino owner who literally bought this vintage car by accident.
Classic car prices are going through the roof with every auction that takes place. This time an ultra rare 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO set the record with a final bid of $34,650,000. After adding in the ten percent sales commission for the Bonham auction house, the final price for the vintage Ferrari came to $38,115,000. This is an $8 million increase over the last 250 GTO to come up for auction.
Within a minute of the opening bid, the price of the GTO rose from the $11 million starting price up to $31 million. The additonial $3.5 million in bids were delivered in $100,000 increments until the final price was reached. Even with a record breaking performance at auction, many experts still believed that this ultra rare example of the Ferrari 250 GTO should have went for much more.
Considered by many to be the most desired vintage Ferrari, this 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is chassis number 19 of just 39 ever made. The car was originally owned for a short period of time by a French race car driver who crashed this particular example and then died shortly after. Upon restoration, this Ferrari remained with the same owner for 50 years before going to auction.
Recently a brilliant example of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta was seen taken laps at the Nurburgring in an attempt to set new records. According to reports, the F12 Berlinetta ran three laps with a lap time of 7 minutes and 48 seconds, including a 40 second cool-down period. The F12 is displaying several sets of wires that are coming out of the car’s roof and windows. These raise far more questions than they explain. Take a look at this video as the F12 Berlinetta puts up some serious lap times at the Nurburgring and draw your own conclusion to what those mysterious wires are.
Slated for release in early 2016, the updated Ferrari FF will have even more power than the current model and will likely have an optional turbocharged V8 engine. All reports suggest that the Ferrari FF will still be equipped with an even more powerful V12 engine as the standard option. Expect horsepower output in this new V12 option to be closer to 700 hp.
The new engine option for the Ferrari FF will be a slightly reworked version of the new turbocharged V8 that is currently found in the Ferrari California-T. The all-wheel drive system is also expected to be updated and revised to increase performance. The Ferrari FF will ditch the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in favor of a new eight-speed gearbox.
Expect the interior of the 2016 Ferrari FF to also get revised with an emphasis on newer lightweight materials and an updated infotainment center. The exterior will also receive so weight reduction upgrades such as carbon fiber body panels. These updates will give the buyer a buffet of new options to choose from and should definite help to keep the supercar relevant for several more years as Ferrari continues to work on a replacement design.