2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta

Presented by RM Sotheby’s.

Of all the styling properties to have collaborated with Ferrari all over its 75-year background, one name in specific stands head and shoulders over the rest: Pininfarina. No other carrozzeria has liked this kind of a shut and enduring connection with the Prancing Horse, or built so a lot of exquisite bodies for so quite a few various styles. From the 250 GT of the late 1950s, via these types of classics as the 275 GTB, Daytona, Testarossa, and F40, Pininfarina has been liable for some of the most iconic designs at any time to leave the Ferrari manufacturing unit.

It is fitting, then, that to honor the Turin coachbuilder’s 80th anniversary, Maranello chose to build its very own incredibly particular homage to the agency: the SA Aperta. As the cognoscenti will know, SA referred to Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina (respectively, the son and grandson of company founder Batista “Pinin” Farina). Aperta, in the meantime, was a self-explanatory nod to the reconfigured body—the word which means “open” in Italian.

Unveiled at the 2010 Paris Salon, which took place from 2 to 17 October, exactly where Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo explained it as “technologic romantic”, the SA Aperta was an unapologetically hedonistic equipment. Centered on the 599 GTB Fiorano (Tipo F141), the two-seater roadster showcased the uprated 5,999 cc 65-degree V-12 and 6-velocity F1 Superfast gearbox from the confined-edition 599 GTO. With no a lot less than 661 horsepower on faucet at 8,250 rpm and 457 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm, functionality was actually scintillating. The dash from -100 62 mph was dispatched in an astonishing 3.6 seconds, when the leading pace was no fewer than 202 mph.

Enhancements to the chassis incorporated a 10 mm reduced journey peak, thicker rear anti-roll bar, and recalibrated active dampers. There have been also distinctive five-spoke, 20-inch wheels shod with 245/35 ZR20 tires at the entrance, and enormous 305/35 ZR20 rubber at the rear, plus carbon-ceramic brakes for supreme halting electricity. The total set-up remained softer than the GTO, however—Ferrari recognised that the SA Aperta would be fewer probable to devote time chasing lap times than its stablemate the Omologato. Maranello’s F1-Trac traction command process, which had designed its production debut on the 599 GTB in 2006, intended that, for all its prodigious effectiveness, the SA Aperta remained as beautifully forgiving as it was partaking.

Still though the electrifying tempo and superb chassis of the SA Aperta were surely result in for celebration, what really set it apart from its stablemate was the revised physique. Primarily based on the very same aluminum construction as the Jason Castriota-designed 599 GTB, the new device most obviously ditched the fixed roof of its progenitor in favor of a removable carbon fiber panel. Extremely significantly a minimalist roadster rather than a cosseting drophead, only the most straightforward of weather conditions gear was offered. As the identify advised, the Ferrari was supposed to be liked in open guise.

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Other seen modifications in comparison to the closed version of the 599 included a a lot more steeply raked windscreen, while the GTB’s signature traveling-buttresses were deserted in favor of aerodynamic fins built-in into the twin roll hoops. Both of those the fins and windscreen pillars were being normally concluded in metallic silver to give a visible distinction with the relaxation of the entire body. At the front, larger cooling ducts in a redesigned bumper further more differentiated the SA Aperta from its berlinetta cousin, though the rear bumper and carbon fiber sills had been also subtly reimagined. Beneath the pores and skin, Maranello engineers had invested a considerable volume of effort guaranteeing that the open system remained suitably rigid. Remarkably, the weight penalty when compared to the GTB was only about 17 kilograms.

In whole, only 80 of these extremely particular vehicles have been made: just one for each 12 months since Pininfarina arrived into existence. As befitting these types of an exclusive limited-version design, the SA Aperta was offered by invitation only to a pretty find band of present prospects.

Unsurprisingly, all 80 have been bought very long right before the design manufactured its community debut at the Paris Salon.

Registered in November 2011, chassis 183747 was ordered new by the consignor and joined The Gran Turismo Assortment. This 1-owner case in point had protected 8,670 miles at the time of cataloging and has been meticulously taken care of by key sellers H.R. Owen and Joe Macari. Completed in Giallo Triplo Strato with black detailing in place of the standard silver, plus yellow roll hoops and Scuderia shields, this Ferrari is basically jaw-dropping and has unbelievable presence. More including to its amazing aesthetics, a GTO bonnet was equipped and the normal just one continues to be with the car or truck.

Guaranteed to change heads where ever it goes, it was an undisputed strike at the Hampton Court docket Concours of Elegance, where it was exhibited in September 2014. But with its sonorous and massively addictive V-12, as well as a beautifully sorted chassis and superlative handling, to restrict this Ferrari to concours lawns would be to miss out on out on its raison d’être. A phenomenal machine that begs to be driven, it belongs on the street and just requirements a new owner who shares that philosophy.

This car or truck is presented from The Gran Turismo Selection, featured in RM Sotheby’s forthcoming London sale on 5 November at Marlborough Home. Find out extra and sign up to bid on the internet.


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