Including some of the most exclusive Italian beauties the world has ever seen.
Ferrari has a history of making some pretty special production models that have defined the era of supercars. But along the way, some pretty impressive limited run special editions have emerged from the gates of Maranello, commemorative one-offs, and some pretty crazy individual cars for special customers – such as the oddball 330 GT Shooting Brake. We’ve taken a look at them all, collating ten of the finest special models to have ever come from the Ferrari factory.
The SP38 is the latest one-off Ferrari specially commissioned through the brand’s “one-off program.” Based on the underpinnings of the Ferrari 488, the SP38 was commissioned and built for one of the brand’s “most dedicated customers,” though they won’t divulge who. Much of the design is said to be motorsport influenced, including the flattened rear deck lid which supposedly pays homage to the iconic F40. Mechanically, it’s identical to the 488 GTB, meaning a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 generates 660 horsepower and drives the rear wheels through the same dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Another of Ferrari’s ‘one-off’ cars, the 458 MM Speciale was unveiled in 2016 looking rather Ford GT-like, though if they ever heard me say that I’d be sleeping with the fishes. Based on the running gear of the 458 Speciale, the MM featured custom styling that included a floating roof inspired by the 1984 Ferrari GTO, Bianco Italia paint with Italian stripes, and unique side air intake scoops that would later feature on the 488 GTB. Oh to be rich and able to commission your very own one-off Ferrari.
Two Ferrari F12 TRSs were produced under Ferrari’s Special Projects program. Designed in-house by Ferrari and based on the F12berlinetta, the barchetta styled open-top GT allegedly took inspiration from the 1957 250 Testa Rossa, reworked into a contemporary design language. Though built for a customer, the TRS frequently featured at car shows, even making an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where it made a run up the hill. Unlike many other special Ferraris, this one continually evolved, featuring new bodywork additions on several occasions.
It hasn’t been often in recent years that one would call a Ferrari an ugly machine. But the Pininfarina Sergio divided opinion when it first debuted in 2013 as a coachbuilt concept on the underpinnings of the 458 Spider. But when translated into production in 2015 for a run of just six units, it lost a lot of its character and made people realize the concept was actually quite pretty after all. For some reason, the first of the 6 Sergios – built to commemorate Sergio Pininfarina after his death – keeps popping up for sale, with prices increasing continually. When last it went on sale, it was priced at a cool $5,000,000.
One of the coolest Ferraris in recent times, the F12tdf was the final iteration of the F12berlinetta before replacement, and acted as a test bed for the technology that would propel the 812 Superfast. Named in commemoration of the Tour de France automobile race – where Ferrari won numerous times – the F12tdf is powered by a 769 hp 6.3 liter V12 driving the rear wheels. It's also 243 lbs lighter than the F12berlinetta, despite featuring rear-wheel steering. It’s by far the least exclusive on this list though, as 799 units were produced worldwide, and there are several for sale.
To celebrate its diamond anniversary in the USA, Ferrari revealed an ultra-limited edition version of the F12berlinetta, called the F60 America. Announced on the 10th day of the 10th month, just 10 Americas were produced, all pre-sold for more than $2.5-million. The drivetrain remained unchanged from the F12’s, still rated at 730 hp from the 6.3-lite V12, though the loss of a roof was supposedly to allow clientele to enjoy the delights of the V12 engine and open-top driving, allegedly two of the buyers’ great passions. The F60 America was available in blue with a white stripe to mimic the livery of Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team cars.
He might be better known for his musical career, but Eric Clapton is also famously a massive Ferrari fan known for his affinity for the Berlinetta Boxer, having owned several including a 365 GT4 BB. He commissioned this Special Projects one-off for a cost of approximately $4.7-million in 2012 as his very own Berlinetta Boxer styled modern Ferrari – a tribute to both the 365 and the 512 – and was based upon the running gear of the 458 Italia. The elegantly styled SP12 EC has made numerous public appearances, including at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where it wowed crowds.
Based on the 612 Scaglietti, the Ferrari GG50 concept was built to celebrate Giorgetto Giugiaro's 50th year in the car design business. It was hand-sketched by Giugiaro himself. The 2+2 seat coupe was also designed with ingress and egress in mind, along with F1-inspired design and technical upgrades. It used a 65-degree V12 to develop 540 hp, linked to a sequential automatic transmission.
Officially known as the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina, this special one-off was based on the underpinnings of the Ferrari Enzo. Owner, film director, and stock exchange magnate, James Glickenhaus, commissioned the P4/5 to be created based on the styling of the 1960’s P-series race cars. Glickenhaus bought the last unsold Enzo before taking it to Pininfarina for the $4-million conversion. The 660-hp V12 was slightly more powerful than that of the Enzo, with a claimed acceleration time of 0-62 mph in just 3.0 seconds with a top speed of 233M mph.
Just ten Ferrari J50s were made, celebrating 50 years of Ferrari in Japan (hence the name). Based on the Ferrari 488 Spider, the targa-styled J50 received a power boost of 20 hp over the 488, with the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 outputting 681 hp. You wouldn’t be amiss to notice the styling similarities to the Ferrari F40 and F50 – after all the two served as inspiration for this special Ferrari – though it received numerous styling and aerodynamic upgrades both inside and out.