Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta

Even in times of global economic instability, the wheels of plutocracy keep turning. And it's wonderful to see that, in a fashion harking back to the glory days of unique coach-built sports cars, bespoke Ferraris are still a possibility.

Edward Walson, son of the guy who invented cable TV, has a few quid to spare. Now, a footballer may express his automotive individuality by, say, gold-plating an SLR, but Walson approached the task with a little more class. He asked Ferrari's Special Projects Programme to create a 599-based one-off just for him. The P54 Superfast Aperta is the outcome of the project - it took over a year to build (most of which was probably spent trying to strengthen the decapitated shell without making it all lardy and wobbly), and you can't deny the outcome was worth it.

The 6.0-litre V12 remains untouched - bit odd, that - but it's a fearsome unit, fully deserving of the 'Superfast' moniker. (Although that is a shit name for any car.)

Pretty, isn't it?

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