Pop art Fer­rari is oddly happy

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‘‘makes an im­por­tant and in­di­vid­ual styling state­ment and rep­re­sents the out­come of more than two years of in­tense work, with close in­volve­ment from the client through­out the process’’.

Which ba­si­cally means ‘‘Hey, this wasn’t OUR do­ing...’’

To be fair though, if you are go­ing to have a one-off Fer­rari, it may as well be one that stands out, and the SP3JC cer­tainly does that. Fer­rari blames, sorry, says the client’s pas­sion for Pop Art is re­flected in the strong graph­ics, and the unique com­bi­na­tion of the Az­zurro Met (blue) and Gi­allo Mo­dena (yel­low) liv­ery over the main Bianco Italia (white) colour scheme ‘‘un­der­lines the car’s sen­sual vol­umes’’.

But here’s the cool bit – there are split glass in­serts on the bon­net to show off the 6.3-litre V12 en­gine that pro­duces a healthy

574kW of power and 700Nm of torque.

More cars with spec­tac­u­lar en­gines should have glass bon­net in­serts.

Aside from whip­ping off the roof, pretty much ev­ery ex­te­rior panel is dif­fer­ent from the donor

F12tdf, as is the in­te­rior, with the seats trimmed in blue leather with a white in­sert.

The blue leather ex­tends to the lower dash­board and the colour is picked up in the con­trast­ing stitch­ing to the rest of the in­te­rior trim.

OK, so it’s bor­der­line taste­less and way over-the-top, but we can’t help but be charmed by its big, goofy, happy face and car­toon­ish paint job, and its unashamed trib­ute to clas­sic Fer­rari road­sters is equally de­light­ful.

Only the anony­mous owner knows the sig­nif­i­cance of the 3 but at least the car seems happy with it.

The SP3JC is pure Speed Racer meets Mille Miglia. We want to hate it, but can’t quite bring our­selves to...

Turbo diesel V6 is the only Q8 avail­able at the mo­ment. But petrol mod­els will fol­low.

The pop artin­spired liv­ery makes the Fer­rari SP3JC truly orig­i­nal. Well, that and chop­ping the roof off.

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