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Ferrari SP12 EC - A Unique Model For Slowhand

Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:21 pm

Eric Clapton has ordered (and received) a unique Ferrari, based on the 458 Italia. It is named the SP12 EC:

http://www.linternaute.com/auto/voiture-de-luxe/image/ferrari-sp12-ec-eric-clapton-auto-luxe-1260495.jpg?1338542466

http://www.linternaute.com/auto/voiture-de-luxe/image/ferrari-sp12-ec-avant-auto-luxe-1260499.jpg?1338542466

http://www.linternaute.com/auto/voiture-de-luxe/image/ferrari-sp12-ec-arria-re-auto-luxe-1260503.jpg?1338542465

The design is an homage to the 512 BB. Clapton has owned three of them.

http://magazine.ferrari.com/blog/201...ec-that%E2%80%99s-ec-eric-clapton/

http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/e...rari-sp12-ec-458-italia-2012-05-28

The engine is the 458 Italia's. Only the bodywork has been modified. Sources differ on the price, but it is estimated between $4.5 and $5 million.

Do you like it?

I do!  
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RE: Ferrari SP12 EC - A Unique Model For Slowhand

Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:26 pm

Quoting GrahamHill (Thread starter):
Do you like it?

I do!

Me too. I think it is one of the most beautiful Ferraris the last 20 years.

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RE: Ferrari SP12 EC - A Unique Model For Slowhand

Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:11 pm

Quoting GrahamHill (Thread starter):
Eric Clapton has ordered (and received) a unique Ferrari, based on the 458 Italia. It is named the SP12 EC:

This has been around for a couple months now after someone took pics of it at a London dealer.

Quoting GrahamHill (Thread starter):
Do you like it?

Not as much as a normal 458.

By the way Ferrari has done this before, but Clapton's might be somewhat unique if the project was initiated directly by Ferrari. Pininfarina did two P4/5 custom cars for James Glickenhaus, the first based off the Enzo and a second racing model with underpinnings from the 430 Scuderia. There was also the 575GTZ that Zagato made for a Japanese car collector.

Meanwhile Pagani has been making special versions of the Zonda like it's going out of style (which with the Huayra coming it might be). They build 5 Cinques, 5 Cinque roadsters, 3 Tricolores and probably at least 7 or 8 custom one-off versions commissioned by customers including the absolutely incredible 760RS.
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RE: Ferrari SP12 EC - A Unique Model For Slowhand

Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:01 pm

one ugly car, as a homage to the 512BB it really sucks, Clapton with all his money could have bought the real deal and had it modernised.

http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/images/large/158/Ferrari-512-BB_1.jpg
 
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RE: Ferrari SP12 EC - A Unique Model For Slowhand

Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:07 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 3):

one ugly car, as a homage to the 512BB it really sucks, Clapton with all his money could have bought the real deal and had it modernised.

Take an original 512BB and "update" it, you will ruin the resale value of a classic, rare car. People want it as it was the day it came out of the factory.

But if Ferrari makes a one-off (and assuming EC doesn't crash it), in 20 years this car is going to be worth a huge fortune.
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RE: Ferrari SP12 EC - A Unique Model For Slowhand

Fri Jun 01, 2012 9:15 pm

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 2):
They build 5 Cinques, 5 Cinque roadsters, 3 Tricolores and probably at least 7 or 8 custom one-off versions commissioned by customers including the absolutely incredible 760RS.

And one for Lewis Hamilton.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 4):

Take an original 512BB and "update" it, you will ruin the resale value of a classic, rare car. People want it as it was the day it came out of the factory.

Nah look at all the Eagle E-types, take an old car modernise the brakes, suspension, engine, fit air con and bingo you have a usable classic. Eagle E-types are actually worth more than a none converted car. The 512 BB was built in fairly large numbers too, it's not the most well loved Ferrari either.

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RE: Ferrari SP12 EC - A Unique Model For Slowhand

Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:01 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 5):
And one for Lewis Hamilton.

His car is said to be similar to the Zonda 760RS but with a traditional manual gearbox.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 5):
Eagle E-types are actually worth more than a none converted car. The 512 BB was built in fairly large numbers too, it's not the most well loved Ferrari either.

My feeling on the whole restomod thing is somewhere in the middle. I am against it for exceptionally rare cars, but there are so many barn finds and project cars just begging for some upgrades.
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RE: Ferrari SP12 EC - A Unique Model For Slowhand

Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:56 am

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 5):
Nah look at all the Eagle E-types, take an old car modernise the brakes, suspension, engine, fit air con and bingo you have a usable classic. Eagle E-types are actually worth more than a none converted car.

It's different with E-types, of which over 70,000 were made. Sure, if Eagle modernizes a hundred or so cars, no big loss. But is someone were to do that with the very few '56 Mercedes 300SL Gullwings remaining, or a Lamborghini Miura, or an orginal Ferrari 250 GTO, the man who did it would get (justifiably) lynched. There were only 2000 512BBs built, so while some may not like it, it was an important car for Ferrari (their first ever mid-engine supercar), and its rarity should be respected.
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RE: Ferrari SP12 EC - A Unique Model For Slowhand

Sat Jun 02, 2012 1:51 am

Quoting GrahamHill (Thread starter):
Do you like it?

Nah, it's ugly.
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RE: Ferrari SP12 EC - A Unique Model For Slowhand

Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:41 am

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 7):
But is someone were to do that with the very few '56 Mercedes 300SL Gullwings remaining

The 300SL isn't as rare as most think, they built over 3000 of them; I prefer to see cars being driven as they are supposed to be rather than sitting idol and doing nothing.
 
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RE: Ferrari SP12 EC - A Unique Model For Slowhand

Sat Jun 02, 2012 7:30 am

Well I like it, like it very much in fact. Must admit that I am very much prone to drool over almost anything red and wearing a prancing horse, with a few notable exceptions, but this is still a very successful 21st century rendition of the BB. Congratulations Eric, you lucky b@stard  
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