2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta

Presented by RM Sotheby’s.

Of all the styling houses to have collaborated with Ferrari through its 75-year heritage, just one identify in particular stands head and shoulders previously mentioned the relaxation: Pininfarina. No other carrozzeria has savored these types of a near and enduring relationship with the Prancing Horse, or created so quite a few exquisite bodies for so several unique versions. From the 250 GT of the late 1950s, via these types of classics as the 275 GTB, Daytona, Testarossa, and F40, Pininfarina has been responsible for some of the most legendary styles at any time to leave the Ferrari manufacturing facility.

It is fitting, then, that to honor the Turin coachbuilder’s 80th anniversary, Maranello selected to generate its own quite unique homage to the organization: the SA Aperta. As the cognoscenti will know, SA referred to Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina (respectively, the son and grandson of business 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 area from 2 to 17 October, where Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo described it as “technologic romantic”, the SA Aperta was an unapologetically hedonistic machine. Based on the 599 GTB Fiorano (Tipo F141), the two-seater roadster highlighted the uprated 5,999 cc 65-diploma V-12 and six-velocity F1 Superfast gearbox from the minimal-edition 599 GTO. With no considerably less than 661 horsepower on tap at 8,250 rpm and 457 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm, performance was genuinely scintillating. The sprint from -100 62 mph was dispatched in an astonishing 3.6 seconds, when the major speed was no considerably less than 202 mph.

Improvements to the chassis integrated a 10 mm decreased journey top, thicker rear anti-roll bar, and recalibrated active dampers. There had been also one of a kind 5-spoke, 20-inch wheels shod with 245/35 ZR20 tires at the entrance, and huge 305/35 ZR20 rubber at the rear, in addition carbon-ceramic brakes for supreme halting electrical power. The total set-up remained softer than the GTO, however—Ferrari recognised that the SA Aperta would be a lot less probably to spend time chasing lap occasions than its stablemate the Omologato. Maranello’s F1-Trac traction handle process, which had created its manufacturing debut on the 599 GTB in 2006, meant that, for all its prodigious overall performance, the SA Aperta remained as splendidly forgiving as it was participating.

Yet even though the electrifying pace and outstanding chassis of the SA Aperta ended up surely cause for celebration, what actually established it aside from its stablemate was the revised entire body. Based mostly on the identical aluminum construction as the Jason Castriota-made 599 GTB, the new device most clearly ditched the fixed roof of its progenitor in favor of a detachable carbon fiber panel. Extremely considerably a minimalist roadster alternatively than a cosseting drophead, only the easiest of weather equipment was furnished. As the title advised, the Ferrari was intended to be savored in open up guise.

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Other noticeable modifications as opposed to the shut variation of the 599 integrated a additional steeply raked windscreen, when the GTB’s signature traveling-buttresses ended up abandoned in favor of aerodynamic fins built-in into the twin roll hoops. Equally the fins and windscreen pillars ended up ordinarily completed in metallic silver to give a visible contrast with the relaxation of the body. At the entrance, bigger cooling ducts in a redesigned bumper further differentiated the SA Aperta from its berlinetta cousin, when the rear bumper and carbon fiber sills ended up also subtly reimagined. Beneath the pores and skin, Maranello engineers had invested a substantial total of energy ensuring that the open up overall body remained suitably stiff. Remarkably, the weight penalty in contrast to the GTB was only about 17 kilograms.

In complete, only 80 of these amazingly distinctive cars and trucks were being manufactured: a person for each yr given that Pininfarina came into existence. As befitting this sort of an exclusive confined-edition model, the SA Aperta was provided by invitation only to a incredibly pick band of present consumers.

Unsurprisingly, all 80 ended up offered extensive right before the design built its community debut at the Paris Salon.

Registered in November 2011, chassis 183747 was acquired new by the consignor and joined The Gran Turismo Collection. This a person-owner case in point experienced covered 8,670 miles at the time of cataloging and has been diligently managed by principal dealers H.R. Owen and Joe Macari. Finished in Giallo Triplo Strato with black detailing in location of the typical silver, in addition yellow roll hoops and Scuderia shields, this Ferrari is basically jaw-dropping and has unbelievable presence. Further more introducing to its remarkable aesthetics, a GTO bonnet was equipped and the regular a person continues to be with the auto.

Guaranteed to transform heads wherever it goes, it was an undisputed hit at the Hampton Court docket Concours of Class, wherever it was displayed in September 2014. But with its sonorous and hugely addictive V-12, as perfectly as a beautifully sorted chassis and superlative handling, to restrict this Ferrari to concours lawns would be to pass up out on its raison d’être. A phenomenal system that begs to be pushed, it belongs on the street and just desires a new operator who shares that philosophy.

This vehicle is provided from The Gran Turismo Selection, highlighted in RM Sotheby’s forthcoming London sale on 5 November at Marlborough Property. Discover far more and sign-up to bid on-line.

Jacquelin Burkhammer

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