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12 unique Ferraris created by Maranello for collectors

Ferrari recently unveiled its latest one-off supercar, the SP48 Unica. This F8 Tributo-based machine adopts the basic mechanics of one of the brand's mainstream models and reclothes them in a seductive, custom skin-but though the Unica is unique, it's hardly the first time Ferrari has applied such formula for its very best collectors.
https://www.hagerty.com/media/lists/12-unique-ferraris-created-by-maranello-for-collectors/
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442xcar
Intermediate Driver

The Ferrari that speaks to me the most? The one that doesn't cost $5,000.00 for an oil change.
Musco03
Intermediate Driver

You have that right. How about $15,000 for a the first service on a 89 Mondial t.
And that was in 1990!
Forget the price today.
JSievers
Instructor

Service is included for 7 years on all new Ferraris.
Musco03
Intermediate Driver

Duh! 1990
Camarojoe
Intermediate Driver

Like my favorite foreign film. The movie is great but can't speak the language....of BIG MONEY.
RodneyRacer
Intermediate Driver

Back to the 60's please.
drhino
Technician

If one of them has a proper gated manual transmission— that one is my favorite. Otherwise, feh…
ROBBO99
Detailer

How about buying a 10 year service warranty !!
bpar73
Intermediate Driver

They all speak to me, then my bank account speaks and says "used Kia",
hyperv6
Racer

I like most of these but some are still not stirring.

It is cool how you can get one build and bodied like you want like the old days,

Many think that being able to afford a Ferrari is just the purchase price. The real deal is affording the entire experience. Many can buy a 308 but can't afford the upkeep.

This is why the new C8 is so amazing. The price is much less, the upkeep is less and the cost is much lower for very similar experience. No it is still not a Ferrari but then again it doesn't have to be.

I still love the 250 Lusso as one of the best styled cars of all time.
SJ
Technician

Superamerica, is amazing.
Doug42
Intermediate Driver

None.
okfoz
Advanced Driver

Technically I do not believe the Dark Green Wagoneer Ferrari was an official offering. It is called the Jarrari or something like that. The story goes that Harrah wanted Ferrari to make him a 4WD car and Enzo said no, so he bought a new Wagoneer and there was a wrecked Ferrari that he took the engine and mated it to the Wagoneer trans and running gear, and then added the front end from the Ferrari to the Wagoneer. Later on in its life around 1977 they swapped out the Ferrari engine with a V8 Waongeer engine unfortunately.
okfoz
Advanced Driver

I was always a fan of Ferrari, I simply find the 50's thru early 90's and finally the 550 Maranello some of the most beautiful cars. After the 550, I felt like Ferrari Design just lost something, they went along the route of the wild Lamborghini or Saleen designs and instead of making Beautiful sports cars, they ended up being messy knock off Race cars, with just too much going on. Granted, an 80's Testarossa is not subtle.
KYColonel
Detailer

I'm not a fan of European sports cars.
However, the 2014 F12 TRS would be my choice if I had to pick.
MajorTomB
Intermediate Driver

The one off Ferrari that speak’s to me the most is Steve Moal’s “Zausner Torpedoe”. Built with parts from a 550 Maranello with the gated shifter. That car is a symphony.
MAXTHEAX
Intermediate Driver

The Chrysler's had me asking for a credit.
The Fuzzari group does the same thing for me.
I'll take a house and huge garage thanks.
JSievers
Instructor

The Glickenhaus P3/4 tribute is better looking than any of the factory specials.
FigueroB
Pit Crew

Strange.... I found myself just flipping through the article glancing at the pictures and skimming the text. It just didn't seem relevant to me. If pressed on which Ferrari I liked best, I'd have to answer one of the red ones....I guess.
MrKnowItAll
Advanced Driver

Nothing about Ferrari's (and red cars in general) "speaks" to me.
I live in the real world.
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

Most of these look worse than the car they came from. Custom does not mean good idea for some of these.
Inline8OD
Instructor

At the risk of popping some balloons, perspective: Enzo Ferrari's o n l y interest in his street cars sold to playboys, playgirls, wannabe racers, was that they funded his sole passion, racing.  This is underscored by a friend's '59 Pinin Farina coupe, a lovely car, and '63 Lusso (the '67 Camaro "borrowed" its lines, as the '55 Chevy copied Ferrari's grille) having the same dash switches, etc. as a Fiat, and no Ferrari ever rustproofed; a stream of tweaked variants for the must-have, latest thing crowd.

Do they drive nicely? Absolutely. For their price, they should.  Do they drive three times nicer than a Jaguar, Bristol, Jensen or even some Corvettes? Many period Ferrari owners say the 3- liter engines require overhauls in as little as 30,000 miles.

We've seen the same pile on allegiance to Duesenberg Model Js (SJs, JNs), which Fred Duesenberg never wanted to build, preferring something the size of his earlier Model A & X, or that of the concurrent Stutz SV16/DV32. But E.L. Cord bought his company and wanted a cost little object world beater, which the J never was, obsolete two years after its introduction, it taking eight years and several iterations to dispatch 480 of them to Hollywooders and the scions of industrial wealth. The advertised hp was simply to best a limited production Mercedes SSK, its own hp claim bloated. Was a Duesenberg unpassable on a long, straight road? Absolutely. But for quintuple the price of an also hydraulically braked, nine-main-bearing Chrysler Imperial, only 10 mph slower than most Js in road trim, triple the price of a more advanced Marmon 16, only five mph slower, it should've been.

Ettore Bugatti preferred a Packard Eight over any of his namesakes for long, fast business trips across the Continent. Ralph Stein and others experienced with both preferred an Alfa Romeo over a Bugatti.

Are we suggesting Ferraris, Duesenbergs, Bugattis weren't, aren't exciting cars or that they were no good? Only that wily marketers of any upscale product; furniture, art, clothing, shoes, handbags, automobiles, have long known that a stiff price itself imbues cachet.

Really, an auto insurance company playing along with a boutique automaker's temerity in calling its just released, latest model "for collectors?" Hagerty clearly wants some of that glitz by association, hence the stream of articles like the above.
What was the last time you heard the expression "downscale?"

It's called m a r k e t i n g.

LJK Setright's two favorite makes, he knowing something about engineering, aero and auto, were Chrysler and Honda.

Hagerty persists with these paeans to mall developers' and arbitragers' flavors of the month, as well as rerunning auction house press releases, better served by Kiplinger's and Forbes, because they're appealing to casual, mainstream "car buffs," as they go after State Farm (who also insures collector cars), Farmers, Allstate, Geico, Liberty Mutual, USAA, Progressive, pandering to owners' egos by calling anything out of the Kelley Blue Book "classic."

Too bad Hagerty doesn't run the knowledgeable Don Sherman, Aaron Robinson more often. Apparently cheaper to run breathless me-tooism like the above.

Dad_jokes
Detailer

The word is arbiter. If you are going to write like a pedantic know-it-all, knowing the difference between arbiter and arbitrager would help.
Inline8OD
Instructor

Know it all? Only enough to provide the above perspective; that lockstep genuflecting predates the prancing horse. Pedantic? "Overly focused on small details." None above, only enough fact to make the point. Perhaps given to didacticism enough to suggest the perspective.

One involved in arbitrage is an arbitrager, which with mall developer, describes the usual lucred bottom feeders able to buy the latest instant collectible.
AlmostVintage
New Driver

Is this a regional spelling? It's "arbitrageurs" as far as I can tell (certainly you didn't mean "arbiters"). But I enjoyed this post and appreciate your points all the same.
BMC
Pit Crew

Which one off speaks to me? The one off the shelf at Hobby Lobby, which along with $20 in glue and paint might look really nice on the shelf over my desk ...
Gene_M
Detailer

I guess they made the 2016 458MM Speciale as homage to the Ford GT40 that whipped their ass in the 60s.
wdb
Advanced Driver

The Glickenhaus in the "other" group is the only one that remotely wants my eye.
RW68RSConv
Detailer

Ok…. Sure. It’s not a one off… but the 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder built by request is my all time favorite “bespoke”. And if someone wants to cry foul because they built 10, then fine… I’ll be more specific and go with the all Alloy version of the same which only 2 were built. And for something that beautiful, 2 is close enough for me to be considered “one-off”!!
Bubberz1
New Driver

In my book Ferrari F40 best all time.
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

F40, 288 GTO, 550 Maranello, 575M are the best styled to me.

jbarone01
Pit Crew

I owned and enjoyed a "Fly Yellow" 1996 F355 Spyder for several years. It was an impressive car when that engine was run out to the 8,500-rpm red line. But owning it and being able to maintain it are two different animals. The last engine out belt change ended up costing me $16,000 (When all the other items that needed to be "tended to" were added into the equation).

I also own several Corvettes (ranging from a C2 1965 Big Block 396 cu in convertible, a 1969 Convertible, a 2016 Z06 convertible and now a new C8 2021 Mid-Engine Corvette convertible. Corvettes still trump the performance of nearly any Ferrari of similar vintage (Delivering best bang for the buck). Unless a car costing 3 or 4 times what the new Corvette costs, Corvettes still hold their own quite well. And that's just the way it is.

So what do you get when you own a Ferrari ? Bragging rights and a chance to join a very
exclusive club - of Ferrari owners. Been there and done that. So unless you are of unlimited means (and I am not), owning one Ferrari in my lifetime was enough for me. These extremely rare Ferrari discussed above would be out of the reach for nearly everyone.
dmhowell57
New Driver

I like the EC the best.
RedRyder_SFZ
Detailer

They all speak to me in Italian. I googled translated it and they said “You can’t afford me, you dirty American cowboy”. I’ll stick with my Fords and “Lead the way” with my Scout.

Not worth the effort of even looking at the pics.
milo2021
Intermediate Driver

I bought my 1969 Camaro in 1972. Used it as my everyday car for some years then drag raced it for ten years. Although it sat for years I am now restoring it back to Cortez silver with black Z-28 stripes. So my $1500 purchase and with this restoration cost will make me happier than any Ferrari. But I am happy for anyone who can afford one of these.
turbojoe62
Pit Crew

2020 Omologata
SAG
Instructor

Prefer the "GTB" setup.
A heaver 'Nose' is better on 2 lane rural roads.
At speed the front has less tendency to 'bounce & drift'.
But I go 'Mid Engine' too.
JimH
Pit Crew

Hey Okfoz,
The Jerrari is in Reno Nevada at the National Auto Museum. It’s lengthened front clip still hides the transplanted Ferrari engine. It’s a great little museum. Lots of other stuff to see.
Blessings,
Jim
BPatLeMays
Intermediate Driver

Well, I suppose I could write to Sir Eric and see if he would be willing to donate this Ferrari of his to me as a tax break...
Chuck9252
New Driver

anyone know what kind of tires those are on the 2020 Omologata (redlines with some text)?
TG
Technician

the Grand Wagoneer Ferrari was interesting
Kewina50
Intermediate Driver

Hello All! These machines, most would agree, are each quite lovely in its own way. However, remember to watch out what you wish for...you just may get it!...Oh! the cost of parts and service! (same old song and dance!)...