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2016 Ferrari 488 GTB Tailor Made

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB Tailor Made

It was designed to pay homage to the Ferrari 308 Gr3 Pioneer

This year’s Tour Auto Optic 2000 hosted the French premiere of the Ferrari GTC4Lusso at the Grand Palais in Paris. The GTC4Lusso wasn’t the only interesting Ferrari on the grounds of the historic site. There was also a one-off Ferrari 488 GTB that was customized by Tailor Made – Ferrari’s customizing division – in association with the Parisian dealer, Charles Pozzi.

More important than the fact that this 488 GTB is a one-off, is the fact that it was designed to pay homage to the Ferrari 308 Gr3 Pioneer that was once driven by Jean Claude Andruet – a two-time Tour de France Auto winner in 1981 and 1982. This 488 features a livery on the outside and materials on the inside that closely resemble that of the car once driven by Andruet way back when.

Of course, this 488 GTB also serves the purpose of showing off the customization potential available on all Ferrari models by Tailor Made. So, let’s see how this 488 GTB stacks up against the car it was designed to pay homage to.

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2016 Ferrari California T Tailor Made 250 SWB Tribute

2016 Ferrari California T Tailor Made 250 SWB Tribute

This Tailor Made California T pays tribute to the 250 SWB that was once owned by Eric Clapton

The Techno-Classica Motor Show is said to be the world’s biggest trade show for Vintage cars. This year, the show ran from April 6th to April 10th and set a new record with 201,034 visitors over the five-day period. The primary purpose of the show is to host classic cars from any brand and to provide a public trade forum for selling and purchasing some of the world’s prettiest vintage, classic, and prestige vehicles. This year, if you stopped by the Ferrari exhibit, you would have seen a California T that was built to pay tribute to the Ferrari 250 SWB that was once owned by Eric Clapton.

The California T might be Ferrari’s entry-level model and is often criticized for being a car that is purchased “just so you can say you own a Ferrari.” This specific California T, however, isn’t your everyday California T. This California T was designed by Ferrari’s Tailor Made service with a unique paint job and a few other cool features that really set it apart, including a special paint job, some leather upholstery, and it even has a special option equipped that was recently unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show.

Unfortunately, Tailor Made didn’t go as far as to make this California T right-hand drive like Clapton’s 250 SWB, but it still did a fine job paying tribute to his iconic car. So, with that said, let’s take a look at what Tailor Made did to make this California T so special.

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2015 Ferrari F60America

2015 Ferrari F60America

Ferrari has been selling delicate, aggressive and beautiful cars with the Prancing Horse emblazoned across the hood for 60 years here in the United States. From legendary machines like the 250 GTO, to modern marvels like the Ferrari FF, the Italian company has been showing the world what a supercar should be. Now to celebrate this milestone of six decades, Ferrari has created an ultra-limited model exclusively for its American customers. Dubbed the Ferrari F60America, this special edition machine comes with a V-12 engine, no roof and a price tag of $2.5-million.

The car is based on the most powerful GT car that Ferrari currently sells, the F12 Berlinetta. The 6.3-liter carries on unchanged, but visually the car has received a very thorough overhaul. Every piece of this car’s design has been created to pay homage to the previous 60 years of Ferrari heritage. Only ten of these cars are being produced, a nod to the 10 GTS4 NART Spiders that Ferrari imported for US customers on the request of Luigi Chinetti. Luigi Chinetti was the founder of Ferrari’s North American Racing Team, and the white stripe across the exterior of the car pays tribute to the team’s preferred livery.

This is easily one of the most limited and sought after Ferrari models in decades. As such, all 10 models were already sold before the car was even announced.

Updated 01/25/2016: The first out of ten F60 American units was delivered during this weekend during the 25th annual Palm Beach Cavallino Classic.

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2016 Ferrari California T - Tailor Made

2016 Ferrari California T - Tailor Made

Here in the U.S., all eyes are on the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, the City of Brussels, the Capital of Belgium, is hosting its annual auto show. Last year, one of the models unveiled at the show was the 2015 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Tour De France Edition. That model debuted with a 740-horsepower, 508-pound-foot monster of a V-12 that was mated to an F1 dual-clutch transmission. The car was built to pay homage to the Ecurie Francorchamps GTO that won the Tour de France in 1964, and was a huge international success after its debut. Because of that success, one of Ferrari’s three authorized dealer’s in Belgium teamed up with the Tailer Made program again – this time, to bring a bespoke version of the California T to the 2016 Brussels Auto Show.

Aptly named the California T Tailor Made, the car was built to pay respect to the Ferrari 458 GT3 – the car that won the Pro-Am Cup class at the 2015 24 Hours of Spa with “Gimmi” Bruni, Alessandro Pier Guidi, Pasin Lathouras and Stephane Lemert rotating control of the helm. As part of paying homage to that 458 GT3, this California T sports some of the same livery as the 458 GT3 inside and out.

Since this California T has just debuted in Brussels, there is no telling if it will be as successful as the Tour De France edition of the F12 from last year, but the chances are that it will be. So, without wasting any more time, let’s take a good close look at the Tailor Made California T and what features make it so special.

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2015 Ferrari California T By "Tailor Made"

2015 Ferrari California T By "Tailor Made"

The 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider took the Frankfurt Motor Show by storm, ushering in a new era of drop-top heaven for Ferrari enthusiasts. But the 488 Spider wasn’t the only Ferrari in attendance at Frankfurt. Maranello also brought a pair of personalized versions of the 2015 Ferrari California T, built specifically for the show to showcase the drop-top supercar’s potential under Ferrari’s Tailor-Made personalization program.

The Tailor Made program began in 2011 to give Ferrari customers the opportunity to put their personal imprints on their supercars. In the four years it’s been around, the program has built some high-quality bespoke Ferraris, including the 2014 Ferrari FF Dressage Edition, the 2013 Ferrari FF Czech Edition, and the 2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta Polo Edition. The two Tailor Made California Ts at Frankfurt don’t carry any fancy names like “Dressage” or “Polo,” but they do give us a peek into the possibilities of what customers can do to their own California Ts.

With the likes of Aston Martin (Q by Aston Martin), Lamborghini (Ad Personam Personalization), and McLaren (MSO) also offering their own personalization programs, Ferrari needs to be on top of its game to make the Tailor Made program competitive against its rivals. With the two Tailor Made California Ts at Frankfurt, it’s nice to see that Maranello’s taking its personalization program seriously. One of the two personalized California Ts was inspired by the iconic Ferrari 1957 250 TR, which raced in the “Buenos Aires 1,000 Kilometre” in January, 1958.

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One-Off Ferrari California T Tailor Made Will Be Unveiled In Goodwood

One-Off Ferrari California T Tailor Made Will Be Unveiled In Goodwood

It’s always a tossup whether manufacturers like Ferrari will bring anything to events like the Goodwood Festival of Speed. While not technically an international auto show, it does attract almost as much attention from the automotive world at this point. So this year, Ferrari is participating, but in a restrained fashion, by sending a 2015 Ferrari California T that has been customized by the Tailor Made department. The blue-and-white color scheme is supposed to be polo and horse-racing themed, appropriate enough for a company with a horse for a logo.

The car certainly looks good, but the main focus here seems to be on the interior material, a proprietary material only available in Ferraris and called “Mycro Prestige.” Questionable name aside, this material is supposed to be pretty impressive; flameproof, water resistant, offering good grip and much thinner and lighter than regular leather. It’s difficult to get of a sense of what it’s like just from the photos, so we’ll just have to take Ferrari’s word for it for now. But it certainly does look good, as does the rest of the car, but that shouldn’t come as too big a surprise.

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2015 Ferrari California T "Tailor Made" Edition

2015 Ferrari California T "Tailor Made" Edition

Ferrari has introduced a bespoke California T created by the company’s Tailor Made division at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. Built specifically for the Chinese show, the California T "Tailor Made" illustrates how Ferrari’s customization program allows clients to commission unique cars. The bespoke convertible joins the FF Dressage Edition and the F12berlinetta Polo Edition, which Ferrari unveiled with the same purpose when it opened its first Tailor Made Center in Asia Pacific in 2014.

But while the Dressage and Polo Editions were inspired by horsemanship and the game of polo, respectively, they also celebrated the Chinese Year of the Horse. The California T "Tailor Made" is inspired by two style icons from the past: actress Ingrid Bergman and former First Lady of the U.S., Jacqueline Kennedy. As usual, the Italians opted for an understated exterior and an extensively customized interior, with all sorts of unique and luxurious features.

Much like the FF Tailor Made showcased a few months ago, this California T is here to prove there’s always room to improve a Ferrari; all you need is a fat wallet.

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1989 Ferrari F40 LM Barchetta

1989 Ferrari F40 LM Barchetta

A video that surfaced the Interwebz in April 2015, showing the Ferrari F40 LM Barchetta on TT Circuit Assen, the Netherlands, reminded me how classic cars can become stunning one-offs at the hands of their eccentric owners. The story of this car goes way back to 1993, when former racing driver Jean Blaton purchased a factory-built F40 LM that was previously raced in the North American IMSA GT Series, but not a lot is known about it nowadays. The car is not even regarded as a real Ferrari, mostly because Maranello was unhappy about what Blaton did to it, but that doesn’t make it less impressive than its factory siblings. And I aim to prove just that in the full review below.

Should Ferrari had recognized the Barchetta as a true-blue F40, it would’ve been the fourth official iteration of the nameplate, following the road car, the LM, of which only two were built for IMSA racing, and the F40 Competizione, also made for track use. All these cars were produced between 1987 and 1992, when Ferrari assembled 1,311 units at its factory in Maranello.

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2015 Ferrari F12berlinetta Tour de France Edition

2015 Ferrari F12berlinetta Tour de France Edition

Introduced in 2012, the Ferrari F12 berlinetta has yet to receive an update as of 2015. However, the company’s newest grand tourer spawned a host of special-edition and one-off supercars crafted by its Special Projects division. Notable iterations include the F12 TRS, the SP America, and the F60 America, with the latter built to celebrate 60 years of Ferrari in North America. Also used to celebrate Ferrari’s first Tailor Made Center in Asia Pacific as the Polo Edition, the F12berlinetta returns into the spotlight as a modern-day tribute to the iconic 250 GTO.

Dubbed Tour de France Edition, the bespoke grand tourer pays homage to the Ecurie Francorchamps GTO that won the Tour de France race in 1964 with Belgian driver Lucien Bianchi behind the wheel. With Ferrari having won 13 races between 1951 and 1982, the Tour de France is now regarded as one of the most important racing events in the automaker’s history. That said, it’s no surprise Ferrari used a Tour de France winner as inspiration for a bespoke F12berlinetta. Keep reading to find out more about the latest special-edition supercar to come from Ferrari’s Tailor Made division.

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Ferrari FXX K Priced at $2.7 Million; Already Sold Out

Ferrari FXX K Priced at $2.7 Million; Already Sold Out

In a move of extreme personal one-upmanship, Ferrari decided that its halo vehicle, the LaFerrari, was just a little too tame. As such, we know have the 2015 Ferrari FXX K, a hardcore, track-oriented hyper hybrid with over 1,000 horsepower, Pirelli P-Zero racing slicks, enough exotic materials to supply a space program, and two downforce-generating rear dorsal fins.

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? We want one too, but alas, it was not meant to be. Ferrari is making only 32 examples of the FXX K, and each and every one is already sold. It’s not like they were all that cheap either, with a $2.7 million buy-in required for access.

Here’s how it works: owners pay money for the right to drive the car at special track days of Ferrari’s choosing, giving them the chance to develop as drivers, as well as develop the car as a close link to Ferrari’s F1 program. Past examples of this arrangement include the F40 LM, FXX, and 599XX.

So, to sum up: you pay Ferrari millions of dollars for the chance to drive “your” car at a track day, then they box it up and take it home to look at the data you generated as a means to win races. You can’t even cruise the local shopping mall.

That’s okay though. Every time a car like this comes out, we’re reminded of just how awesome modern racing technology can be. And as long as millionaire drivers keep shelling out the cash, folks like you and I can sit back and marvel, content that, eventually, it’ll all trickle down. Now where’s the particleboard and glue gun? My four-banger is gonna look totally sweet with some dorsal fins.

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2014 Ferrari FF Tailor Made

2014 Ferrari FF Tailor Made

The Ferrari FF may be nearly three years old, but its shooting brake-like body and massive output figures continue to attract sports car enthusiasts the world over. It’s common knowledge Ferraris don’t need updates too often, and the FF is no exception. However, buyers have access to all sorts of visual upgrades through the company’s Tailor Made customization program, which is responsible for numerous bespoke, one-off sports cars. The FF too has received its fair share of attention from Tailor Made — the FF Dressage Edition is a great example — but Italians have a bunch of new features in store for the shooting brake.

To showcase the new, bespoke features developed for the FF, Ferrari created a trio of sports cars carrying never-before-seen exterior colors and interior amenities on this model. It’s not that the FF isn’t uniquely elegant or appealing enough in its standard guise, but Ferrari needs to maintain the exclusive image it benefits from in markets such as the Middle East and China. It might sound a bit ironic, but there’s always room to improve a Ferrari; all you need is a fat wallet.

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Ferrari's Future Special Edition to Cost More Than $3 Million and is Already Sold Out

Ferrari’s Future Special Edition to Cost More Than $3 Million and is Already Sold Out

Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo is stepping down from his post on October 13th, but before he hands over his Ferrari access cards, the man is going out in a blaze of glory by unveiling a limited-edition Ferrari that will be exclusively sold in the U.S.

There will only be 10 examples of this special Ferrari so yeah, it’s limited alright. But more importantly, it’s also ridiculously expensive. How expensive, you ask? Try $3.2 million, which is the roughly the equivalent of buying a Ferrari LaFerrari and having enough change to score Bugatti Veyron.

Auto News is reporting that the yet-to-be-identified model will be inspired by America, including a predominantly blue paint finish with matching white stripes. Those are the same colors the North American Racing Team that drove Ferraris back in the 60’s used. The same report also indicated that the F12 Berlinetta will likely be the basis of this unique model, sort of like the F12 SP America with a dramatically different body and interior.

I’m not sure what to expect out of this model other than what’s already been disclosed. It’s going to be rare. It’s going to be expensive. And oh, by the way, all 10 units are already sold. Yup. They’re all sold out.

We expect the new Ferrari to make its debut in Los Angeles on October 12th, 2014 during a gala dinner to celebrate the Italian automaker’s 60th anniversary in America. It’s also the day before di Montezemolo steps down so quite literally, this launch will be his swan song with the Prancing Horse. Hard to imagine how you can top that one, Mr. Sergio Marchionne.

Note: Ferrari F12berlinetta pictured here.

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