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2008 Fioravanti SP1 at the 2010 Concorso Italiano - Click above for high-res image gallery

Concorso Italiano is always fun. Every car has a story behind it, and this year, the organizers pulled off something of a coup.

Back in '08, a mystery Ferrari prototype was spied at Fiorano. Once initial speculation settled down, the prevailing wisdom suggested that the car in question was a one-off coachbuilt special designed by former Pininfarina (and now independent) stylist Fioravanti for a wealthy customer. Those reports wound up being true, and yesterday that very car was on display at Concorso Italiano.

Dubbed SP1 (for Sport Prototype 1) the Ferrari F430-based machine was commissioned by a prominent Ferrari collector in Japan. It was the first product out of Maranello's Portfolio program – an initiative that lets the extremely wealthy collaborate with various Italian design houses (including Fioravanti, Pininfarina and Zagato) with full factory support on custom, unique vehicles. While most of these clients prefer anonymity, it's hard to keep a low profile when you're driving a custom Ferrari.

Making its only U.S. appearance, the Fioravanti SP1 was one of Concorso's centerpieces, parked next to the F40 gathering and a stone's throw from the stage. Photos can't do the car justice. Looking at the SP1's creases and curves, you see influences from a variety of cars in the Ferrari family. It's so cohesive, yet it's difficult to accurately convey the sheer presence that this car exudes in person. We did our best to capture it, however. Take a gander at the image gallery below, and maybe you'll feel the vibe as well.


Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1
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  • Ferrari F430 special Fioravanti SP1

Photos by Frank Filipponio / Copyright ©2010 AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The more I look at this car the more I notice the small touches that make it beautiful. There is not an accented line on this car that is misplaced or non-contiguous.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm with yah man. Functional aerodynamics aside, why can't they 458 Italia have looked like this?!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Please explain because I really don't get it........
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd have agreed with you if they hadn't sat the OE lights in pods in the fenders. It looks like they intended to make slightly different than OE lights, but didn't get around to it or ran out of money. Considering that's the "face" of the car, it sets the tone from there.

        I like a lot of the touches, and I understand they were working with the factory 430 roof, etc, but the back still looks heavy and makes the car look short and stubby instead of long and graceful.

        The "intended" new headlights and perhaps not blacking out the roof would probably have helped the overall look, but while I'm not disgusted with the design, I'm not wowed by it either.

        Anway, +1 for the owner. Considering there's no threat of me ever owning this vehicle, my opinion means nil. Cool that he gets to enjoy it tho.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was right there with you until I saw the side profile. It just looks, I don't know, overwrought? Heavy handed? Fat on a short wheelbase? Love the front/rear 3/4 view but that profile shot made me cringe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Come on, why didn't you take any pictures of the interior? :(

      Anyways, I got a couple of questions:
      - Is the license plate somehow covered? Or that's a real license plate from Japan?
      - Why in the world, if you are so "wealthy" (let's put it that way) you can afford such a personalized car, don't you order it LHD? ('cause in Japan they are LHD)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes thats the actual plate, its like a vanity plate, and the car IS LHD.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with JKool. This is a completely harmonious, beautiful design. Despite the fact that it's a one-off and we will probably never see it again, I'm glad they created it. It's a stunning car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Stunning? Are you kidding? This car is one of the worst looking cars I've ever seen. It looks like it was crafted by a bunch of drunk idiots. If I ever see it again I'm going to vomit. I really hope it burns in a terrible fire.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Before I wrote my comments on this car, I must have erased a half dozen times trying to figure out what in God's name I'm going to say..........so here we go. FAIL
      • 4 Years Ago
      the card (with the owners name) says "Special Project Number 1" not Sport Prototype 1... But to me, SP is South Park, so i dub thee South Park 1 (if we are making up names here it seems...).

      This must be a need to see it in person design for me. The only area really interesting to me is the rear bumper exhaust area. the rest is sorta "meh" to me. subtle is sometimes too boring for me. sometimes...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Call me silly, or sally, your choice. But, who in their right mind, pays for a slightly different styled F430 based car? For the exclusive aspect? It's nice, but it's no F40.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While a few of the lines are different on it, the shape of the SP1 looks almost like a Ferrari designed version of the McLaren MP4-12C.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ irisirisbrown

        I enjoy long walks on the beach and i make around 5K a year as a Hamburger specialist and a VP of Lettuce Works, is there anyone on that website for me?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I see a bit of the McLaren in there... but not much. it's still a very italian design. this is how the F430 should have looked to begin with!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh a Ferrari with eye liner, how cute.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's also hard to maintain anonymity when you publish a photo of the owner's name: Junichiro Hiramatsu!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Appreciate the photos, but this dog just won't hunt, for me. Not feeling it, at all.

      I wonder, though. On these one-off bespoke vehicles, is it the norm to also include extra body panels, etc, that might need to be replaced due to a shunt or a shopping cart?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sultan of Brunei used to do this kind of stuff all the time to his Ferraris becuase he has more money than he knows of things to do with. Personally, I think it is dumb becuase it detracts (usually) from the original design of the car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Front looks Corvettish. Or is it the other way around.
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