In previous years we’ve seen wild supercars like the BMW M1 Concept and Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta unveiled at Italy’s annual Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, and this year will be no different. Kicking off this weekend at Lake Como in Italy, the event will see the unveiling of this coachbuilt Ferrari [NYSE:RACE] Superamerica 45, commissioned by New York collector Peter Kalikow.
The New York native visited the Ferrari factory in Maranello this week to take delivery of his ‘Special Projects’ Ferrari Superamerica 45, a unique one-off model based on the 599 GTB Fiorano. Styled internally by Ferrari Design and engineered and built in-house, the car was specified by Kalikow to celebrate 45 years since he first became a Ferrari client.
The design is bespoke, featuring a carbon fiber rotating hard-top which incorporates a rear screen. The boot is entirely new to house the roof when open, and is now in carbon fiber with a design optimized to reduce drag and increase rear downforce.
The rear buttresses are body-colored, integral with the rear wheelarches, and incorporate rear quarterlights. The side view is further distinguished by double air vents on the front wing. The Ferrari Superamerica 45 also features a specific chromed front grille and special burnished aluminum A-pillars, wing mirrors and door handles.
Its paint finish is an exclusive Blu Antille, a color that matches another important car in the client’s collection--a 1961 400 Superamerica cabriolet number 2331SA. The wheels are body-colored, too, with a contrasting diamond finish to the spokes. The roof and other carbon fiber elements of the bodywork--front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser--are in a special contrasting darker blue, a theme that is carried over to the cockpit which features dark blue carbon fiber dash trim.
The interior is another area of bespoke personalization, with a carefully selected combination of Cuoio leather trim and Blu Scuro carbon fiber details and a latest-generation touch-screen infotainment system.
The custom Ferrari will be joined at the 2011 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este by the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus P4/5 race car (pictured above), as well as a host of other concept cars including the 2011 Audi Quattro, 2010 Mercedes Benz Concept Shooting Break and 2011 Infiniti Etherea.