2009: P540 Superfast Aperta
Based on the 599 GTB Fiorano, one of the earliest outings for the Special Projects programme was based on the Ferrari designed by Carrozzeria Fantuzi for the 1968 film Toby Dammit. It was commissioned by Edward Walson, the son of the man who invented cable TV. “I had always dreamed of designing sports cars,” he explains.
“When I saw Toby Dammit the decision came of its own accord: one day I would have ‘my’ Ferrari.” Taken from sketchbooks to the road in just months, 20kg was added to the donor car (a coupé, as it happens) to stiffen the chassis. “This is the most special Christmas present of my life,” said Walson at the time. We’ll say. But how Santa got it down the chimney still remains a mystery.