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A Ferrari for the ultrarich is a huge hit in Paris, writes Paul Gover
THE ultimate droptop Ferrari — an openair 599— is the leading contender for Car of the Show in Paris this week. But don’t think about buying one. Only 80 cars are being built and the SA Aperta is already a sellout to customers who have been waiting for as long as two years.
And because the car is being built only in right-hand drive, it’s not coming to Australia.
The Aperta, which takes its name from the Italian word for open, is a celebration of the 80th anniversary of Ferrari’s long-term design partnership with Pininfarina in Italy.
The SA tag comes as a salute to Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina.
It is the first V12-powered Ferrari convertible in five years, though the Italian brand is doing huge business now with the V8-engined, softfocus California droptop.
‘‘The last time there was a V12 convertible was the Superamerica in 2005,’’ Ferrari spokesman in Australia Edward Rowe says.
But the SA Aperta is not the only Ferrari hero in Paris this week, because the California is going hybrid. There are no details yet, but it will be something special. It’s the same with the SA Aperta, even if the car is ridiculously expensive — more than $600,000.
Ferrari says it proves you can have a convertible that is as rigid as a sedan without any major weight penalty.
Just as importantly, Ferrari promises that each of the 80 buyers will be able to make their car unique with a near endless combination of colours and trims.
Unlike the California, which has a clamshell top, the open-air 599 has an old-school folding fabric roof. PININFARINA, first the designer Sergio and then his company, have been responsible for Ferrari bodywork since the 212 Inter of 1952.
Among the more memorable designs for Ferrari are the 250 GT SWB of 1959, the 365 GTB/4 Daytona of 1968, the Dino 246 GT of 1968, the F40 of 1984 and the F50 of 1995.
It is also responsible for the latest 458 Italia.