This is the latest palpitation of Ferrari’s customer-commissioned Atelier Ferrari service – the Superamerica 45.
Based on a standard 599, its bespoke bodywork was specced by New York real estate magnate and Fez collector, Peter Kalikow, and includes a rotating hard-top. Just like the Renault Wind. Only made out of carbonfibre.
Save for the bespoke roof, matching carbon boot into which it can collapse and some stodgy b-pillars, it’s not massively different from the production 599. There’s an aluminium a-pillar trim here, chrome front grill there and a set of new wing mirrors inbetween. Oh, and that somewhat turgid WKD blue paintwork.
It was painted thus to mach Kalikow’s other Blue Antile Fez – a 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica. Marnaello’s paintsmith’s set off the unique hue by finishing its lower exterior appendages in a slightly darker shade, then splashing some colour onto its diamond-cut wheels. Inside, dark blue carbonfibre trim and instrumentation clashes wildly with 'cuoio' brown leather trim.
This isn’t Kalikow’s first go at customizing a Ferrari: in 2006 he commissioned Pininfarina to create the 612 Kappa, which is based on a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. Tweaks were modest and included gentle reshaping of the bodywork, Enzo rear lights, chrome headlight bezels and a photovoltaic sunroof, allowing manual adjustment of its tint.
Want to get up close? It’ll be at the 2011 Villa d'Este Concorso d’Eleganza in Italy on May 21 (along with all these incredible cars).