Who needs a windshield?
Everyone knows exactly what a coupe, cabriolet, or SUV is. Mention one of them, and it instantly conjures up a particular image or lifestyle, requiring little extra explanation. But Speedsters are more unknown entities, primarily because they tend to be extremely rare, shockingly expensive, and mostly a combination of both.
When we delved into our list of the best speedsters ever built, though, they all represented stripped-down, performance-oriented marvels that were a joy to drive, such as the Aston Martin V12 Speedster and Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Speedster. And now, enter the Ferrari 360 'Speedster', but not one that left the factory in Maranello.
Rather, this particular Ferrari was once a 360 Spider, until a French builder by the name of Alexandre Danton got hold of it. As with many other Speedsters, Danton removed the windshield which gives the 360 a much more streamlined look, although you'd better hope that the wind chill factor doesn't remove your nose.
Danton's example also has a military-like green paint job and black wheels, and the cabin appears to be in a stripped-down, unfinished state. For all we know, the windshield may only be temporarily removed. The 360 also has a bespoke front apron, and there are Acid Green brake calipers.
We'd love to know if this 360 'Speedster' has had any fettling beneath the skin, but Danton's Instagram post doesn't reveal anything of the sort. If kept original, the 360 Spider here should have a 395-horsepower 3.6-liter V8 under the hood, with a zero-to-sixty sprint time of under five seconds.
Based on the Ferrari 812 Superfast, Ferrari did make the Monza SP1 and SP2, which produced over 800 hp and were true Speedsters. But they were limited to under 500 units. Could it be a prime occasion for Ferrari to revisit another stripped-down roadster? We hope so!