• May 19, 2011
Ferrari Superamerica 45 – Click above for high-res image gallery

During this weekend's Villa d'Este Concorso d'Eleganza, Ferrari will debut its special one-off Superamerica 45, a vehicle built exclusively for collector Peter Kalikow. Hello, gorgeous.

The Superamerica was designed, engineered and built in-house, and the car incorporates things like a carbon fiber rotating hardtop, as well as a completely redesigned boot in order to house the roof while it's removed. This appears to be similar to the mechanism used on the Ferrari 575-based Superamerica, as well as the (significantly cheaper) Renault Wind. Body-colored rear buttresses mold into the wide wheel arches. Other unique touches include brushed aluminum A-pillars, wing mirrors and a chrome front grille.

This special Superamerica 45 is painted in Blu Antille, which is designed to match the 1961 400 Superamerica cabriolet that Kalikow has in his collection. The 45's wheels are body-colored with a contrasting diamond finish, and a darker blue is used on the front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser.

We're sure Mr. Kalikow will be thrilled. Follow the jump for Ferrari's official press release.
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NEW FERRARI SPECIAL PROJECTS ONE-OFF TO DEBUT AT VILLA D'ESTE

Maranello, 19 May 2011 – New York collector and Ferrari enthusiast Peter Kalikow visited the factory to take delivery of his Special Projects Ferrari Superamerica 45, a unique one-off model. Styled internally by Ferrari Design and engineered and built in-house, the car was specified by Mr Kalikow to celebrate 45 years since he first became a Ferrari client and will make its public debut on the 20th of May at the Villa d'Este Concorso d'Eleganza.

The design is bespoke, featuring a carbon-fibre rotating hard-top which incorporates a rear screen. The boot is entirely new to house the roof when open, and is now in carbon-fibre with a design optimised to reduce drag and increase rear downforce.

The rear buttresses are body-coloured, integral with the rear wheelarches, and incorporate rear quarterlights. The side view is further distinguished by double air vents on the front wing. The Ferrari Superamerica 45 also features a specific chromed front grille and special burnished aluminium A-pillars, wing mirrors and door handles.

The Superamerica 45 is finished in an exclusive Blu Antille, a colour that matches another important car in the client's collection – a 1961 400 Superamerica cabriolet nr. 2331SA. The wheels are body-coloured with a contrasting diamond finish to the spokes. The roof and other carbon-fibre elements of the bodywork – front splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser – are in a special contrasting darker blue, a theme that is carried over to the cockpit which features dark blue carbon-fibre dash trim and driver zone.

The interior is another area of exquisite personalisation, with a carefully selected combination of Cuoio leather trim and Blu Scuro carbon fibre details and a latest-generation touch-screen infotainment system.


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      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      LIke most Ferraris, the styling is questionable, particularly the roofline which doesn't flow neatly into the too-long rear buttresses and the spoiler which results in a bulbous tail end... ...and while I love that blue color, I hate it on the wheels.
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not crazy about the color or the 90's style wheels, but that is a sweet looking ride.
      kA
      • 3 Years Ago
      The sidevents and the rear brake ducts are straight off of the ZR1 (I guess they both needed the extra cooling?). Overall, though, I'd say this looks more tuning-house than factory coach-built.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kA
        Really? So the side vents on the ZR-1 sit on the front fenders? Oh and the brake ducts are giant gaping holes on the ZR-1? Yeah, you might want to look at a picture of a ZR-1 before claiming that it looks like one.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Meant "on top of"... AB, you guys update everything else, yet there is still no edit feature.
          kA
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Yeah, I meant to say that they remind me of the ZR1. They're not exact, but they're close enough that at first glance I thought someone had modified a ZR1.
      Visnick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Droooollll
      Lada F1 team
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was hoping for a more drastic change in bodywork, namely the front fascia. And i don't love the blue wheels. Oh well, i'd still do anything to have the car.
      Scr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like one of those "coachbuilt" cars based off Corvette underpinnings.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know if its the color, or the wheels, or just the fact that I am not a huge fan of more recent Ferrari designs, but this car just doesn't do it for me. I want to like it, but can't say that I do.
      alej469
      • 3 Years Ago
      The back ever so slightly has a hint of Nissan GTR about it
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rich guys have tastes for some ugly stuff. The car is awful.
      Mayoman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Best looking 599 variant I've seen yet. With the top down of course.
        JK
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mayoman
        I completely agree. I haven't been a huge fan of various 599 variants, but this is clearly the best of them.
      AntBee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dang, you guys are brutal! I love it, and would give anything, yes, anything, to have it!
      Alphonso Carioti
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pull the top off, then maybe...
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