2007 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta

Technically, Ferrari debuted in 1929, but its official debut is recognized as 1947, the year that Ferrari began manufacturing street-legal vehicles. The 2007 model year marked the 60th anniversary of Ferrari’s street machine building life and the automaker wanted to make it a special one.

Instead of doing what many automakers do (see: Ford ) by slapping “60th Anniversary” badges on every car that year, Ferrari chose to build 60 completely unique cars for the 2007 model year. To accomplish this, Ferrari took its existing 612 Scaglietti and modified it to create the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta.

As we said, only 60 of these cars were ever built, so they are rather rare. Add in the fact that this bad boy was a whopping $424,480 in 2007 and you can tell that these cars were built for the true collector. If you are a true collector of Ferrari’s and would like to own one that very well may be the Ferrari to own in the next 20 to 30 years, this Sessanta is a safe bet.

F.C. Kerbeck, a dealer of luxury vehicles, is now offering you the opportunity to own one of these rare machines, as they have one up for sale in their showroom and on Ebay.

Click past the jump to read our full review on this vehicle.

Exterior

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta

Except for a few small details, the exterior of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta is very similar to that of the standard 2007 612 Scaglietti. The nose slopes downward at a slow angle into a small grille with the Ferrari emblem in the center. The front fenders bulge upward slightly to create a valley effect on the hood. The headlights come to a point on the very front, yet remain rounded on the rear and feature projector lamps. The entire front end is actually very similar to the Porsche Panamera , but the Porsche came after the Ferrari, so if there was any copying going on, it was on Porsche’s end.

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta

The side profile of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta is just as sexy as you would expect from any Ferrari. The hood comes into a rearward-raked windshield. The roofline then swoops upward and back downward, as its backend look similar to a fastback design. The roof also includes an electrochromatic glass roof, a feature only found on the Sessanta edition, which changes tint color with just a touch of a button. The front and rear fender wells are flare outward slightly to allow for the large Sessenta-specific 19-inch aluminum 14-spoke wheels on each corner.

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta

On the backend, you get the obligatory Ferrari four circular lights that have remained the company’s trademark seemingly forever. Though the rear end really resembles a fastback or liftback design, the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta actually has a trunk, as opposed to a liftback system. When you open the trunk, you will notice the inside of the lid is trimmed in diamond-tufted leather and the floor is also done up in beautiful leather. The trunk was engineered specifically to hold Ferrari’s five-piece luggage set, but you can also fit two golf bags in it.

The exterior is painted a beautiful shade of dark blue. In typical Ferrari fashion, the paint is rather cheap looking and displays a lot of orange peel. This has forever been a complaint of Ferrari owners, but it adds “character,” which is the only reason we can see for Ferrari not changing its painting procedures. If you so desire, this orange peel effect is easily sanded and buffed out, but that will result in a true enthusiast knowing that it’s not its original condition.

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta

Overall, the exterior of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta is nothing to write home about. We are not saying it is ugly by any means, but pretty boring nonetheless. It is also rather bulky, weighing in at 4,055 lbs.

Interior

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta

Where the body lacks, the interior certainly makes up for it. The entire interior is wrapped in tan leather with very precise stitching to set it off, including the dashboard. On the passenger’s side of the dashboard, you have a chrome “612 Sessanta” emblem commemorating this 60th anniversary machine.

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta

The center stack is very simple and clutter-free, just as we like it. It features three multi-directional air vents and the AM/FM Bose stereo system with an LCD screen. Under the radio unit is an easy-to-use HVAC interface that features five knobs and nothing too awfully fancy.

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta

The steering wheel is also simply done, featuring leather wrapping and a silver outline around the center of the horn. An “Engine Start” button graces the lower left corner of the steering wheel and silver shifter paddles are on the rear of the wheel, allowing for precise shifting.

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta

All four seats – that’s right, a Ferrari with four seats – don the same tan leather as the rest of the interior. In the center of the seats is the same tufted-diamond pattern you saw on the inside of the trunk lid. The headrests on the front and rear seats sport a raised Ferrari’s prancing horse emblem, adding to the character of this interior.

The door panels also boast the tufted-diamond pattern and feature light splashes of silver on the door pull handle and the armrest. The tufted-diamond pattern continues from the front door panels back onto the rear quarter panel trim, rounding out the entire diamond pattern.

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta

On the center console are the transmission control buttons that feature “Auto,” “R,” and “F1-S.” We assume that “Auto” is for full-automatic mode, “R” is for reverse, and “F1-S” is for paddle-shift mode. Behind the transmission interface sits a silver knob that we assume is the interface for the glass roof, but we are not too certain.

Overall the interior is absolutely stunning and beautifully appointed with its tan leather and silver accents throughout. In typical Ferrari fashion, the dashboard remains pretty free of too many bells and whistles, which we can certainly appreciate.

Engine and Drivetrain

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta

What good is a Ferrari without a bad-ass engine placed under its hood? Ferrari satisfies our power craving with a 65-degree V-12, 5,748 cc engine placed in the front of the car. The 65-degree angle of the cylinders is pretty much between a V-style and a boxer-style engine, but it’s still classified as a V-style. The low angle of the cylinders helps lower the amount of upward force it takes to move the pistons, allowing the engine to rev higher with smoother results. This engine cranks out an impressive 540 horsepower at 7,250 rpm and 434 pound-feet of torque at 5,250 rpm.

The engine is mounted in a mid-front arrangement that positions the engine behind the front axle instead of over top of it. This mid-front setup allows the car to handle much better, as it presses the front-to-rear weight ratio closer to the 50-50 mark.

The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta comes with the F1 gearbox that has a total of six speeds. This gearbox joins together the joy of a manual transmission, with its mechanical setup, with the ease of an automatic. This allows its driver to shift the transmission himself via the paddle shifters or press the “Auto” button and let the Ferrari shift itself.

This combination allows the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta to hit 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. It can also achieve a top speed of 199 mph. The 0-to-60 time is a little slow for a Ferrari, but remember that this is a four seater, not your traditional Ferrari supercar.

Steering and Braking

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta

The orientation of the front engine toward the rear of the vehicle gives this Ferrari a 46-percent to 54-percent weight ratio from the front to the rear, which allows for slight oversteering. It also features an active damping system and CST stability control to help keep this Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta planted on the road in the twisty turns.

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta

At each corner sits a Pirelli P-Zero high-performance tire to keep this machine glued to the road. Bringing it back down to 0 mph are four-wheel ventilated disc brakes and cross-drilled rotors.

Pricing

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta

F.C. Kerbeck is offering this car at a rather steep discount, in our opinions, as they are selling it for $225,000. This car originally sold for $424,000 when new and shouldn’t have depreciated that much. We suspect that F.C. Kerbeck is being conservative, since no actual “book value” is available for this special edition Ferrari. At that price, it is a complete bargain!

Competition

There is plenty of competition for the base level Ferrari 612 Scaglietti and even the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti F1, but the rarity of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta makes it something that you simply cannot put a comparison on. It is simply in a league of its own.

Conclusion

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta

Though the exterior is underwhelming for a supercar, the interior and sheer performance of the Ferrari 612 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Sessanta did it for us. There are few four-seat coupes that can perform like this car and retain its interior beauty. We slap a big fat “BUY” sticker on this model, especially given the fact that it is a 1-of-30 model and has only 1,624 miles. This is a collector’s edition that will likely fetch a pretty penny in future auctions.

LOVE IT
  • 1 of 60 cars produced
  • Beautiful interior
  • $225,000 is an absolute steal
LEAVE IT
  • Pretty bland exterior
  • Poor Ferrari paintjob

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2 comments:

It’s still a mystery how this was a hit when it wasn’t even that appealing. I guess it’s because it carries Ferrari’s name somewhat.

The rarity of its production and the stylish interior might be its strongest accents seeing and knowing that it’s already been pointed out that its exterior isn’t really all that attractive.

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