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Ferrari Superamerica 45 revealed ahead of Villa d’Este

Thu, 19 May 2011 00:00:00 -0700

Ferrari Superamerica 45 - stunning

At the start of May we were hearing that Pininfarina had put together a one-off special for a Ferrari client – the Ferrari Superamerica 45 – which was being built for New Yorker Peter Kalikow, an avid Ferrari collector.

Not only were Pininfarina building this one-off Ferrari, but they were going to reveal it at Villa d’Este this week – a perfect setting.

Well, Villa d’Este kicks off tomorrow, but Ferrari couldn’t resist releasing a few photos of the Superamerica 45 as it was readied for collection by Peter Kalikow, and a few details.

Just as we expected, the Superamerica 45 is based on the Ferrari SA Aperta (OK, we guessed it was either that or the 599) and gets a rotating and folding roof just like the 575M Superamerica, only this time it’s a carbon fibre roof with a rear screen.

Named Superamerica 45 by Peter Kalikow to celebrate the 45th anniversary of his first Ferrari purchase, the car gets finished in Blue Antille to match another of his cars – a 1961 400 Superamerica.

In addition to the bespoke folding roof, the Superamerica 45 gets painted buttresses, chrome grill, aluminium A-Pillars, double air vents on the front wings, body-colour highlights on the alloys, side skirts, rear diffuser and a contrasting dark blue splitter.

Ferrari are calling this a one-off, but we wonder. We wonder if they will be able to resist producing a Superamerica of their own with the now completed folding roof design.

Which would be a lot more practical than the SA Aperta’s origami job.

Update: Ferrari has been in touch to say that Peter Kalikow owns all tooling as part of the one-off programme. So our expectation that a factory Ferrari Superamerica will happen is wrong. Apparently.


By Cars UK