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 |  Dec 13 2009, 11:04 PM

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Ferrari has just announced the second vehicle to come out of its in-house Special Projects program, a modified 599 GTB now known as the P540 Superfast Aperta. The P540 Superfast was built for Edward Walson, the son of John Walson, who invented cable TV. Walson commissioned the vehicle with inspiration coming from the Fantuzzi-designed Ferrari which appeared in the 1968 film Toby Dammit.

We have to say the lines of this car are both original and classically beautiful. It was designed by Pininfarina and built in-house in Maranello, with Walson taking part in the entire design process.

Much of the car remains the same as a standard 599, including the 612-hp 6.0-liter V12 engine. Amazingly, while the car was transformed into a convertible, only 44 lbs of weight were added to the chassis thanks to the use of copious amounts of carbon fiber.

There is no word on what Walson paid for the one-of-one gold Ferrari, but we are intrigued by the fact that a convertible 599 model is now most certainly a possibility for Ferrari.

GALLERY: Ferrari P540 Superfast Aperta

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Official release after the jump:

The first shake-down has been held at Fiorano of a very special one-off, the P540 Superfast Aperta, built for an American client. The car, the second in a new Special Projects programme created by Ferrari to meet requests from the most discerning clients and collectors to create truly unique models, is based on the 599 GTB Fiorano and was inspired by a Carrozzeria Fantuzzi-designed Ferrari built specifically for the 1968 Fellini film, Toby Dammit, itself inspired by one of the tales of Edgar Allan Poe.

The P540 Superfast Aperta’s proud new owner, Edward Walson, son of John Walson, the inventor of cable TV, approached Ferrari in 2008 to produce a modern reinterpretation of the gold-coloured car in the film. “I had always dreamed of designing sports cars,” Walson explains, “and when I saw this film the decision came of its own accord: one day I would have ‘my’ Ferrari.”

In accordance with the Special Project’s approach to producing such individual one-offs, the P540 Superfast Aperta respects all existing international safety and homologation requirements and is thus road legal. The car was designed by Pininfarina and built in Maranello, and the client was directly involved in each stage of its development. As the 599 GTB Fiorano donor car is a coupé, considerable effort went into strengthening the chassis by using finite element analysis in development and the increase in weight was kept down to just 20 kg by employing carbon-fibre extensively. From the initial sketches to the final, road-legal car took just 14 months.

As the client took delivery of the car at Fiorano his excitement was understandable: “This is the most special Christmas present of my life.”

Technical specifications

  • Length 4731 mm
  • Width 1954 mm
  • Height 1300 mm
  • Wheelbase 2750 mm
  • Front track 1690 mm
  • Rear track 1620 mm
  • Engine
  • 65° V12
  • Displacement 5999 cc
  • Maximum power 456 kW (620 CV) at 7600 rpm
  • Maximum torque 608 Nm (62 kgm) at 5600 rpm
  • Transmission
  • F1 6-speed gearbox
  • Tyres
  • Front 245/35 20″
  • Rear 305/35 20″
  • Fuel consumption
  • Combined cycle 17.9 l/100 km
  • CO2 emissions
  • Combined cycle 415 g/km

Curiosity

This special car’s colour was inspired by the film “Toby Dammit”, one of the three episodes of the film “Histoires Extraordinaires” made in 1968 based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe.

“Toby Dammit”, the third of the three episodes, directed by Federico Fellini, with Terence Stamp Salvo Randone and Milena Vukotic, based on the story “Never Bet The Devil Your Head”.

The other two episodes, “Metzengerstein” and “William Wilson”, were directed by Roger Vadim and Louis Malle.

  • Kirk C

    I would hae left the GTO like louver’s off the car,and the strange looking side duct’s on either side of the grille,
    Look’s like the old GTO series 2 of 1964,
    Like someone was wanting it to look like a marenello,
    but a targa spider at the same time,
    Put the regular solid five spoke star type wheel’s on It,
    and take those overly pretty looking thing’s and put them on a alfa, or a french car,
    Paint it a dark Red, or maroon,

  • Kirk C

    looks like an Italian 68 vette,