In terms of desirability, not much on four wheels can top the Ferrari 250 GT California Spider SWB. So when it came time forFerrari to build a follow up, it had its work cut out for it. The car that resulted was the 275 GTS, a convertible for the American market, despite the word “California” being left out of the name. And in pretty typical Ferrari fashion for the day, the GTS is a different vehicle from anything else with a 275 name, with differences going beyond the fact that the roof comes down.
The 275 GTS is based on the 275 GTB, which is about as close to standard as Ferrari nomenclature gets. But not only do the cars appear to be completely different models, they were built for different purposes. The GTB is a sports car, and so was the 275 GTB/4 that followed it, but the GTS was treated more as a grand tourer. And like a strangely large number of Ferrari convertibles from the era, it was also treated almost as more of a limited production special edition than a full-on production model. Odd when you consider how popular roofless Ferraris would turn out to be later.
Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari 275 GTS.
The record-shattering $27 million dollar auction price of the ultra-rare 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider is making waves through the entire classic car scene.
Never before has such a late-model Ferrari earned such totals - which are typically the preserve of the 250 series from pre-1964.
What makes this gorgeous Ferrari so much more valuable than the thousands of other classic Ferrari’s seeking new homes? How did the price of this single model nearly double the $14 million dollar average price - excluding this giant total - when any of these 10 cherished models have changed hands in the past?
Part of what makes this NART Spider so valuable is the car’s unique blend of the gorgeous late-1950s Ferrari styling and advanced mechancials. The GTB/4S upgrades dramatically increased the performance and handling of this V-12 supercar. Almost the entire Maranello racing technology suite was applied to the NART Spider - allowing it to be a posh cruiser that was also capable of serious speed on a racetrack.
The V-12’s quad overhead camshafts were a first on a road car, while the rear-mounted transaxle, limited-slip diff and independent rear suspension were all huge advancements that were offered first in the NART Spider.
Ferrari never looked back from all the new technology introduced on the NART Spider. At the same time, the NART is especially sentimental because Ferrari would not make make such an emotionally-styled road car again for decades. The 365 GTB/4 Daytona was 1967’s new hot style and Ferrari followed the money trail by ending 275 production.
Little did they know, the layers of exclusivity and special editions that helped create this this NART Spider would make it the most valuable road car ever sold. Ever.
Click past the jump for the full review of this timeless classic Ferrari, with details on the technology and style of this model during its 10-unit production run in 1967.
The Ferrari 458 Italia Spider had a pretty big 2012 and 2013 is starting out pretty quickly for the entry –level Ferrari, as Capristo has unveiled its first tuning kit of the year for said model. The tuner is quite famous here at TopSpeed and only last year we saw a sweet tuning kit offered for the Lamborghini Aventador.
As usual, changes the tuner is offering are not overwhelming, but they do add to the overall character of the 458 Italia. From factory, the 458 Italia comes with an aluminum roof to help keep its curb weight to a minimum and Capristo has additionally lowered the car’s weight by replacing the stock hood with a new one made in carbon-fiber unit that features lengthwise inlaid glass and additional vents for better engine cooling.
The price for this update is pretty high, and if you are interested you will have to pay about €9800 (about $12,850 at the current exchange rates). For the money, you will also get the hood painted in the color you desire.
Not too overly exciting, but a cool addition for an owner looking to save a few pounds.
British tuner Kahn Design produces so many programs for a wide variety of vehicles that it’s safe to ask whether or not they know the concept of a ’holiday.’ Be that as it may, give these guys credit for always working out new ways to bring aftermarket goodies to auto enthusiasts.
For their latest piece of work, Kahn Design took the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider to give it its usual round-up of modifications. While no distinct modifications are noticeable from these pictures, the British tuner did say that their program will come with a variety of new components for the Italian supercar, including "front and rear sections, ceramic brakes, wing shields, upgraded F1 gearbox and yellow brake calipers." On top of that, the program also gets the usual custom bespoke interior, as well as a new set of 21" (front) and 22" (rear) wheels Monza forged wheels.
From the looks of things, the program might still be in its current development stages. But rest assured, if there’s one tuner that rarely disappoints, it’s Kahn Design. We’re confident that these guys have more up their sleeves for the beastly drop-top 458 Italia.
Another member of the four Ferraris heading to auction as a part of the late Sherman Wolf’s estate is a 1957 500 TRC by Scaglietti. The TRC is often recognized as one of the most beautiful Ferraris ever manufactured, much of which is accredited to Sergio Scaglietti’s work on this body. Only 19,500 TRCs were ever built and this particular model was initially sold to John von Neumann, then went to Dr. Frank Becker, then to Thor Thorson, and finally to Mr. Wolf about 20 years ago.
This car’s body looks to be in superb shape and is draped in a bright red, but there is no mention of it having ever been restored. Helping increase this 500 TRC’s value is that this model has 100 percent matching numbers.
Under the hood is a 2,498 cc (2.5-liter) 4-cylinder engine with twin ignition. This engine pumps out a healthy 220 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 190 pound-feet of torque at 5,400 rpm. It hits these high power numbers without the aid of any forced induction, which is rather amazing. The engine links up to a 4-speed manual transmission that serves up this power to a 3.78-to-1 rear axle.
Though it was considered a racecar, this 500 TRC boasts old-style 4-wheel drum brakes along with 5.25-inch spoked wheels on the front and 6-inch spoked wheels on the rear. The front suspension is an independent design with dual wishbones and coil springs. The rear suspension boasts a live axle with trailing arms and coil springs.
Gooding & Company anticipates this 1957 500 TRC by Scaglietti to fetch between $4.5 and $6.5 million.
Click past the jump to read the full press release.
The Top Marques Monaco is without question one of the most important dates on the tuning calendar, particularly because of the location it’s held at every year. Nothing speaks more to millionaires throwing their money around than Monte Carlo, and some of the best tuners use that platform to show off their latest programs.
Now that the 2012 Top Marques Monaco has come and gone, we can definitely say that the tuners in attendance gave us programs that were for the books. One in particular was Mansory, which only recently wowed us at Geneva with not one, not two, not three, but four programs for some of the finest exotics in the land.
For their Monaco offering, the Swiss tuner brought their very first program for the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder, appropriately called "Monaco."
As you can expect, Mansory did some serious bodywork upgrades on the 458 Italia Spyder, complete with a body kit that’s made out of carbon fiber. The kit includes a restyled front apron with air inlets for the front coolers, a new bonnet, side skirts with integrated ducts, a rear skirt with an integrated diffuser, carbon blades that replace the rear window, and a rear wing. All told, the carbon fiber components shaved of 60 kg (132 lbs) from the supercar’s overall weight.
Under the hood of the Italian stallion, Mansory reprogrammed the ECU, the sports air filter, and the sport exhaust, translating to an increased output of 590 horsepower and 413 lb/ft of torque with a 0-62 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.
UPDATE 07/10/2012: Youtube user, Marchettino, was able to film the Mansory 458 Italia Monaco at an undisclosed auto show in France, providing a more in-depth look at the modified supercar. Check it out after the jump!
Check out videos of the Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder Monaco by Mansory after the jump!
While most of us are still waiting for Ferrari to bring back the legendary Dino name, the classic version is still breaking hearts. One of the only 18 Ferrari 206 S Dino Spyders to be produced has been auctioned by RM Auctions in Monaco for an amazing €2,520,000, or about $3,155,000 at the current exchange rates.
The Ferrari Dino 206 S was unveiled in February 1966 and was aimed to race the FIA’s 2-liter Group 4 class against the most powerful of Porsche models. The Dino was up for the task using a 65 degree V-6 engine that had been conceived by Dino Ferrari himself.
Shortly after its debut, the Dino 206 S proved what an amazing car it really was: it earned a 2nd place finish at the Targo Florio, 2nd and 3rd at the Nurburgring, and a 6th place finish at Spa. Then, in June 1967 with Richard Attwood and David Piper behind the wheel, it scored another impressive result, this time in the 1,000 Kilometer Nurburgring race: 6th place overall and 1st in class.
Hit the jump to read more about the Ferrari 206 S Dino Spyder by Carrozzeria Sports Cars.
In the 1950s, car racing was nowhere near what it has become today. The majority of the cars on road circuits were more about how good the driver was and how well the car was tuned. This meant that the majority of the cars were lightweight and only had between 200 and 250 horsepower. Having said that, there always has to be some sort of exception and the exception here is the 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider and RM Auctions has one set to go to auction on May 12th, 2012.
The Ferrari 375 MM Spider managed to completely dominate the World Sports Car Championship between 1954 and 1957, winning a total of 11 races and having seven more podium appearances (top 3 or 4 places). It also won two national championships in Argentina in 1954 and 1955.
In 1957, the car was retired following a crash. Post-retirement someone managed to get a hold of this storied racer, pulled out the Italian V-12 and dropped in a U.S.-built V-8 engine, which really seems pointless to us. After the V-8 muscle went into it, this once famed roadster just disappeared from automotive history.
In 1983, this American-powered Ferrari resurfaced and made its way back to home. In Italy, Count Zanon di Valsiurata repaired the image of this car by reinstalling its Italian power plant and restoring it to an acceptable condition.
How does this one-time powerhouse of the WSC and 1 of 15 Pininfarina examples ever built stand up to 2012 standards?
Click past the jump to find out.
The Ferrari 458 Italia has already received two upgrade programs from Novitec Rosso: a "standard" one and a second one called "Twins." And now the tuner is turning their attention to the 458 Spyder. Just like with the coupe version, the roadster has also received a carbon aero kit, superlight forged wheels, an engine increase to 609 HP and a top speed of 201 mph.
The standard 458 Spyder delivers a total of 570 HP, but Novitec Rosso has added a special carbon-fiber air box with modified air routing and a high-performance exhaust system. As a result the car delivers a total of 609 HP at 9,100 rpm and a peak torque of 419 lbs-ft at 5,400 rpm.
For the exterior the tuner is offering a new front fascia upgraded with a two-piece front spoiler and side flaps, new sill skirts and a new rear spoiler lip or a rear wing. All these elements are made in carbon fiber. The car sits on a new set of 22" forged wheels combined with a hydraulic suspension system that can raise the car’s ride by 40 mm or lower it by 35 mm.
Hit the jump to read more about the new Ferrari 458 Spider by Novitec Rosso.
Now that the successor for the 599 - the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta - has graced us with its presence, many have started speculating on the future renditions of the sports car. Our first thought went to the amazing possibility of a F12XX version, but now we’re taking it back a notch and taking a stab at the Spyder version of the car, even though we probably won’t see it until late 2014.
The F12 Berlinetta Spyder will be offered with the same technology as its coupe brother, but it will add a cloth top, and not a retractable hardtop like the one used in the Ferrari California. This decision will be made in order to keep the car’s weight as low as possible.
Under the hood, we’ll probably see the same 6262 cc V12 engine that delivers a total of 740 HP at 8500 rpm and 508 lb-ft of torque at 6000 rpm. Since the car will be weighed down a bit thanks to the added cloth top, we don’t expect it to carry the same 0-60 mph sprint time of 3.1 seconds or top speed of 211 mph.
If there’s anything better than a beautiful, red Ferrari 458 Italia, it’s that same beautiful, red Ferrari with its top stripped off. We received confirmation that Ferrari was planning on producing a Spider version of one of their highly successful new models back in 2009 from none other than Luca di Montezemolo, himself and now the covers have finally been pulled off.
Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider.
The car is scheduled to make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month, but the Prancing Horse wanted to release the first salvo of information, together with official photos, well ahead of that. Thank your lucky stars, people.
And now that the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider has officially arrived, the next question that needs to be answered now is when it’s going on sale. Word has it that Europe will get first crack at the Ferrari supercar around spring of 2012 with the US following suit towards the end of 2012.
UPDATE 09/27/2011: Price, Set, Buy! Ferrari has revealed pricing for their luscious 458 Italia Spyder! Sales for the drop top beauty will start in January for the US with prices starting at $257,000. Sales in Europe will begin in October and prices will start at 226,800 euros, or $309,000 at the current exchange rates.
UPDATE 01/09/12: Ferrari has now released the online configuration for the 458 Italia Spyder. We can’t say that we didn’t wait for this and now that its here, we’re all excited to see what we can do with our very own "virtual" 458 Italia Spyder.
Find out more about the 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider after the jump
Stop the press! On May 21st 2011 RM Auction has featured one of the most impressive cars of all the time: a Ferrari 500 TRC Spider. The car was estimated to an impressive €2.600.000-€3.300.000 (or about $3,600,000 to $4,700,000 at the current exchange rates) and sold for a total of €2.800.000 - or about $3,990,000. This was one of the finest examples in existence with known ownership and successful racing history. The car is rarer than 250 TR and 250 GTO.
The 500 TRC was one of the most aesthetically beautiful, brilliantly engineered and efficient sports racing cars offered by Ferrari. It was revealed in 1957 and in the same year it claimed an impressive victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Another 500 TRC claimed a class win at the 1958 Targa Florio.
The 500 TRC was a modified version of the 500 TR (Testa Rossa) revealed in 1956 as a successor to the 500 Mondial. The car was created in order to obey the new FIA regulations that were introduced for the 1957 season.
Hit the jump to read more about the Ferrari 500 TRC Spider.
Ferrari will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the special edition SA Aperta, an open-top version of the now famous 599. The model comes to celebrate Pininfarina’s 80th anniversary and will be limited to only 80 units.
The SA Aperta is powered by a V12 engine that delivers an impressive 670 HP. It features a low-slung windscreen, a redesigned chassis. Its profile arches back from the A-post to two aerodynamic fins beautifully integrating the two roll-bars which themselves cleverly mimic the outline of the seats.
The interior gets sophisticated materials, trim and colors used throughout. Ferrari announced that each SA Aperta will be an unique model.
In the official press release Ferrari said: "The SA APERTA is a true roadster which allows its occupants to enjoy the superlative emotions afforded by our signature front-engined V12 architecture in a completely open-top setting. In fact, it has just a light soft top designed to be resorted to only if the weather gets particularly bad."
UPDATE 05/09/11: The 80-piece Ferrari 599 SA Aperta is about a rare a modern-day Ferrari can get. Introduced last year at the Paris Motor Show in line with Pininfarina’s 80th anniversary, the Italian supercar is the personification of Ferrari limited edition madness. In this new video of the car, YouTube user Marchettino takes us on an up-close look at the limited run 599. Check out the video after the jump and see what the 599 SA Aperta is all about.
Press release after the jump.
In an attempt to further entrench themselves to its exclusive customers, Ferrari is launching a new customization program that allows Ferrari owners to have their modern beasts be given a classic touch. Called the Vintage Package, the program is being offered for a wider-range of Ferrari models with the first of these models being the Ferrari California.
Among the aesthetic additions added to the California through the Vintage Package include a unique front grille, door mirrors, and A-pillar trims to go along with special chrome highlights for the side vents. On top of that, the California Vintage Package will also include wheels with a diamond polish look.
Performance specs for the California remain untouched so expect the same 4,300 cc V8 Direct Injection engine that appears in all California models. This particular engine can produce an output of 460 horsepower at 7,750 RPM and 357 lb/ft of torque at 5,000 RPM. Likewise, the engine is mated to a a seven-speed dual clutch transmission with a top speed of 192 mph and a 0-60 mph time of four seconds.
For now, these are the only details of the California Vintage Package that we have. We can only assume that as one of the ’older’ Ferrari models relative to the new line-up the company is coming out with - specifically the 458 Italia and the FF - the California was the easy choice to become the first Ferrari model to be outfitted with the Vintage Package. Nevertheless, we expect an announcement from Ferrari sooner rather than later with all of the details on their newest venture. With the 2011 Geneva Motor Show set to open in a couple of weeks, we’re holding out hope that the announcement regarding Ferrari’s Vintage Package will take place then.
The sooner, of course, the better.
The idea of developing a unique Ferrari 550 GTZ begun when Yoshiyuki Hayashi, the famous Japanese collector, asked for a special body for his Ferrari 575M, in the style of the famous 250GTZ Berlinetta of 1956. When Zagato received his request they informed Ferrari of the project, and they considered it an ideal opportunity to celebrate that model’s 50th anniversary. This chain of events is what led to the creation of a Ferrari that harkens back to the 250GTZ with aFerrari 575 base. The car was great as a coupe model, but Zagato wanted to create a special roadster version, and so they did.
For this project Zagato chose to work with the 550 Barchetta. This model is powered by the same 5.5-liter V12 engine that develops 485 HP at 7,000rpm. The design of the inlet and exhaust systems is derived directly from that of Ferrari’s Formula 1 engines. After five months of intense work they obtained an amazing car featuring the Ferrari prancing horse on its bonnet and the ’Z’ of Zagato on its side.
The right-hand drive Barchetta Zagato ’N9’ features a combination of a dark gray exterior finish and cream leather interior, and has only 900 miles on the odometer. At a recent Bonhams auction in UK it was sold for £353,500 or around $550,000 at the current exchange rates.
Ferrari has unveiled a special California at the Paris Auto Show. What makes it so special is a new HELE (High Emotion Low Emissions) system designed to reduce the environmental impact of its cars whilst boosting their performance and driving pleasure. With the use of the new HELE system, California delivers an emission improved by 23%.
HELE incorporates new intelligent engine fan and fuel pump control, electronic air-conditioning compressor displacement control and a gear-shift pattern that adapts to driving style. Next to it Ferrari is also offering the Stop&Start system which restarts the car in just 230 milliseconds.
Next to this amazing system Ferrari is also offering its customers the possibility to customize their California. Clients will be able to choose from four traditional areas: Racing and Track, Exteriors and Colors, Interiors and Materials, and Equipment and Travel. Options include: 16 basic colors, 19” wheel rims or sportier forged 20” versions with either colored or diamond finish, carbon fiber elements, leather, Alcantara® upholstery or any of a wide range of carbon-fiber trim elements.
Updated 12/03/2010: Ferrari has unveiled a new video in which they explain how the new HELE system works. For those uninterested in the technology behind the vehicle, you can always check out the video to see a few more shots of the California. Enjoy!
Press release after the jump.
Ferrari will unveil a special edition California at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 2-4, 2010. Following the tradition of the Berlinettas of the 1950s and 1960s, the new California Bi-Colore will feature a “bi-colore” roof, with the car painted in Argento Nurburgring (metallic silver) with the roof and A-pillar painted in Nero (black).
Next to this, the special edition will be distinguished by forged 20" matte black wheels with titanium wheel bolts, as well a host of "extra-campionaro" factory-fit options from the Carrozzeria Scaglietti Personalisation Programme such as diamond-stitching on the rear seats and Cavallino stitching on headrests in Nero.
The Ferrari California is powered by a direct injection 4.3 V8 engine with 460hp, mated to a dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox. It comes with the latest F1-Trac traction control system, a new multi-link rear suspension, and, of course, an innovative retractable folding hardtop that opens or closes in only 14 seconds.
Press release after the jump.
In 1968 Ferrari replaced the 330 GTS with the 365 GTS spider, a model with a very short life. In less than a year of existence Ferrari built only 20 units of the car, becoming one of the rarest Ferrari of the time.
On the exterior the 365 GTS looked almost identical to the 330 GTS; the exception was made by the omission of the exhaust air outlets on the front wing sides, which were replaced by a trapezoidal black plastic louvre panel close to each trailing corner of the bonnet. Also the "330" logo was replaced with only the "Ferrari" badge.
On the interior Ferrari also added two circular directional demister outlets in the centre of the dash top.
Like most of the Ferrari the 365 GTS was built at the Pininfarina works in Turin, then delivered fully trimmed to Ferrari for fitment of the mechanical components.
In 1966 at the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari unveiled the 330 GTS (Gran Turismo Spider), a combination between the 400 Super America and a 275 GTS. The car replaced the 275 GTS, and apart from the folding roof, the 330 GTS was identical to the 330 GTC. It was produced until 1968, in both left and right hand drive, with around 100 units made.
The nose featured a slim, projecting ovoid radiator grille, headlights in shallow recesses in the forward face of the wings, which had triple louvre engine bay exhaust outlets in their sides, bounded by a slim bright trim strip on three sides. This was married to a tail section that was first used on the earlier 275 GTS, to produce a harmonious, light and elegant design that featured slim quarter bumpers at each corner.
The folding roof of the 330 GTS was retained by a pair of over-centre clips on the top screen rail when in the erected position, whilst a clip-on protective vinyl cover fitted over it when stowed in a recess behind the seats.
A large, luxurious grand tourer, destined especially to the wealthiest clients - this is how it can be described in just a few words the model revealed in 1966 at the Geneva Motor Show. With only 14 units built, the 365 California was a rare beauty on the market, with only 8 exported on the America.
Even if its designer Tom Tjaarda has been working for Pininfarina for quite a few years now, designing the 365 California was quite a challenge for him: "It was strange because I did it at home during the summertime,” he remembered. “They had an urgent need so I came back in September with sketches ... The difficult part was making it look like a Ferrari, but different."
The 365 California featured tail light assemblies that were unique to the model, being angular units to suit the shape of the tail corner, with triple circular lenses in a reflective surround. However, there were differences between the reflector colours and even the lens units on individual cars.
1972 - 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS
When it was first built, the rear/mid-engine Dino sports car promised the same thrilling experience behind the wheel as any other machine with a Prancing Horse badge on the nose, but for a significantly lower price of admission. By the time the Dino 246 GT rolled out of Maranello, it was more than obvious that that mission was a complete and utter success. As such, a roofless iteration was quickly drafted up, and thus, the Dino 246 GTS was born. All the important bits, like the 2.4-liter V-6, independent suspension, and drop-dead gorgeous styling remained unaltered, but up top, you could find an additional 300 miles of blue-sky goodness.
These days, the Dino is one of the most sought-after Ferrari models on the planet, with some examples of the 246 GTS easily breaking the half-million dollar mark. The car is a wonderful thing to behold, and stands as a critical milestone in Ferrari’s long history.
Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari Dino 246 GTS.