• Mar 28, 2006
This is the kind of over-the-top automotive hubris for which we yearn here at Autoblog. James Glickenhaus, a B-movie mogul turned Wall Street fund manager, has commissioned Pininfarina to build a one-off Ferrari inspired by the original Ferrari P3/4 racers from the late ’60s. The canvas for this crazy project will be the very last unspoiled 2003 Enzo in existence.

Glickenhaus has spilled the beans about his baby all over the internet, most notably on ferrarichat.com according to AutoWeek. It appears the car will debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August to compete in a new prototype class, although the owner hints it may crash a major auto show next season, as well. The G-man has spent nearly $4 million on his modern P4. Check out AutoWeek’s excellent article at the link for more details on the car and its backstory.

[Source: AutoWeek, illustration by M. Poblete]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      It doesnt help that the photochoppers who did this image apparently used 599 Fiorano press photos. That car has different proportions and wheelbase relative to an Enzo, It might have made more sense to start with Enzo press photos and go from there...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like something designed by a 10 year old boy. I am shocked they didn't put any guns and/or rocket launchers on it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it looks real nice. 4 million nice. Come on, if any of you had the kind of money this takes, you'd do it to. And don't tell me you would have done a better job, because you don't have the FOUR MILLION DOLLARS!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yea, I would have done a better job of it.

      The original P4 was sexy because it was a swoopy thing with a low, flat nose giving way to huge, luciously curved fenders that blended rearward into those round doors. It was a speed racer sex machine on wheels and I don't blame Mr Glickenhaus for wanting a modern version of it.

      What he ended up with was a wedge shape. The flat engine of the Enzo requires a low, wide compartment which necessitates a huge ass. This is a difficult design problem; how do you transition from the wide, low, long rear to a more reasonable, narrow front end? On the Enzo, they solved the problem with those two giant air scoops giving the Enzo a sort of F15 fighter jet thing going on. Pinn just ran out of talent on Glickenhaus's dime and just made a wedge with a somewhat swoopy topcover. Unable to make the greenhouse a cogent, integrated part of the design, they just blacked the thing out and stuck it on top. The cab-forward cockpit makes the thing look like it's falling forward the same way that Koenigsegge thing does- it looks totally out of proportion.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It seems like Mr. Glickenhaus wanted a mixture between a Ferrari and a Vette - and that's what he got.

      http://www.automobilesdeluxe.blogspot.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is my impression I made for Autovisie:
      http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y154/MichielMobiel/P4-5.jpg
      I showed it to James Glickenhaus and his comment was: "Very cool!"
      • 8 Years Ago
      Some oil tycoon sultan from Borneo or something once commissioned Pininfarnia to make some outrageous Ferraris. They looked horrible not because Pininfarnia did a bad job but the bad taste of the owner. Beside, the picture from AutoWeek were "Photoshoped" so don't jump to conclusion before you see the real thing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Must be nice to have more money than brains! lol
      • 8 Years Ago
      www.classicdriver.com/uk/magazine/3300.asp?id=13073

      www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/motoringpreviews/202264/ferrari_612_p45.html

      Enjoy some more!

      Cheers, Dink
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hi

      P 4/5 looks nothing like the AutoWeek photos.
      The first real photo's and article will appear in September Car and Driver. (On sale August 1)

      The unveiling will occur on Friday night at Pebble.
      The car will then return to Europe for high speed testing/press days/and the Paris Auto Show.

      If you like this one of mine I think you'll like P 4/5.

      [URL=http://imageshack.us][IMG]http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/5125/ferrari330p3408462549targaflor.jpg[/IMG][/URL]

      More info. in FCHAT thread:

      http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=92754
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh, and Stefan Eriksson is in the news again. This time his wife got their SLR impounded. Read to the end, the tow truck driver's comment is priceless:

      Stefan Eriksson's famous exotic car collection keeps shrinking.

      First, the former European videogame executive's rare Enzo Ferrari was destroyed in a mysterious crash Feb. 21 on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

      Then, on Sunday, he lost his 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, valued at more than $400,000. Beverly Hills police confiscated the vehicle after Scotland Yard said the car might have been stolen.

      The officers stopped Eriksson's wife, Nicole Persson, 33, about 2:30 p.m. on the corner of Beverly Drive and Wilshire Boulevard because an officer found the car's European license plate suspicious.

      The officer then discovered that Persson lacked a driver's license and that the car was not registered in the United States.

      "We contacted Scotland Yard and subsequently learned that the car was perhaps stolen" out of the United Kingdom, Lt. Mitch McCann said.

      The entire incident was caught on tape by a 13-year-old exotic car buff who has filmed Eriksson's vehicles in the past.

      Beverly Hills authorities said they didn't have details of the British police case.

      But Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Phil Brooks said that an unidentified financial institution says it owns the Mercedes and that a financial institution in Scotland says it was the owner of the Enzo.

      This leaves Eriksson with only one of the three exotic cars he imported to the United States late last year, Brooks said.

      "He brought in through San Diego two Ferraris and the Mercedes and said they were show cars and that he was not going to drive them on the streets," Brooks said.

      Last month's crash prompted both an accident investigation and a probe by the Sheriff's Department's Homeland Security Division.

      Although no one was injured in the crash, the investigation has generated significant attention because of the strange circumstances and the fact that it destroyed one of only 400 Enzo Ferraris ever built.

      Eriksson, who lives in a gated Bel-Air estate, told deputies who arrived at the scene that he was not the driver and that another man, named Dietrich, had been behind the wheel.

      Eriksson said Dietrich fled the scene.

      But detectives said they were skeptical of his version of events.

      Investigators have taken a swab of Eriksson's saliva to match his DNA against blood found on the Ferrari's driver's-side air bag.

      Eriksson also told deputies that he was a deputy commissioner of the police department of a tiny transit agency in the San Gabriel Valley.

      A few minutes after the crash, two men arrived at the crash scene, identified themselves as homeland security officers and spoke to Eriksson at length before leaving.

      According to Car & Driver magazine, the Mercedes SLR McLaren is capable to going 200 mph and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

      The car didn't just capture the eye of Beverly Hills police.

      Spyder Dobrofsky, a 13-year-old car enthusiast, happened to be at the scene of Sunday's traffic stop and switched on his camera.

      The teenager has photographed cars in Eriksson's collection before and knew immediately that the McLaren was his.

      "The car really stands out because of the British plate," Spyder said.

      Spyder said Eriksson's wife was with a young child when she was pulled over.

      On the tape, Spyder asks the tow truck operator called to remove the Mercedes where he's taking it.

      The man jokes: "To my house."
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