Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta Revealed from the Special Projects Program
Some of you may remember the Ferrari P4/5 that movie man James Glickenhaus had crafted a few years ago. The custom Ferrari Enzo was modified by Pininfarina to better resemble the P Series cars from the 1960s that the billionaire so loved. The $4 million one-off supercar appeared in August 2006 at Pebble Beach.This endeavor got Ferrari thinking about the creation of an official coach-building operation.
The Ferrari Portfolio initiative was designed to allow those folks with loads of cash to commission special builds from Italian design firms the likes of Pininfarina, Zagato and Fioravanti, with full factory support from Ferrrari. Customers can base their dream cars on any platform in the company’s lineup, with structural integrity and “good taste” the only constraints. The Ferrari SP1 was the first car that came out of this program and was produced for Japanese business executive Junichiro Hiramatsu.
Now, the Ferrari Special Projects program has a second delivery, this time for Edward Walson, son of John Walson, the inventor of cable TV. Based on the 599 GTB Fiorano, the car is inspired by the Ferrari designed by Carrozzeria Fantuzzi built specifically for the 1968 Fellini film, Toby Dammit. The client worked in lock-step with Pininfarina and Ferrari during the 14 months it took from concept to creation. The biggest challenge was strengthening the chassis and keeping weight down after the roof was chopped. The car is not only road legal but pretty badass as well.