A few months ago a mystery Ferrari was photographed in a London dealership with various sources all but confirming it was a one-off creation built for musician Eric Clapton. Now Ferrari has made it official, formally unveiling the car named SP12 EC.

Built in cooperation with Ferrari's Special Projects program and Pininfarina, the SP12 EC is essentially a 458 Italia clad with all new body panels inspired by the 512 BB of the late 1970s and early 1980s, of which Clapton has owned three. The musician reportedly wanted one of Ferrari's 6.0-liter V12s squeezed into the engine bay, but all signs indicate that the 458 Italia's 4.5-liter is still in place. The only thing missing is a set of vintage series wheels from HRE.

Ferrari isn't revealing the price tag of Clapton's one-off SP12 EC, but estimates put the tally right around the £3 million mark, which seems to be the going rate for a bespoke supercar from the Italian manufacturer.

You can read the official announcement from Ferrari below.
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Exclusively in the Ferrari Magazine the great English musician talks about his passion for Ferrari and his one-off model.

For a Ferrari enthusiast and great musician like Eric Clapton a one-off car just had to be produced. Designed by the Centro Stile Ferrari in collaboration with Pininfarina and the engineers from Maranello, the SP12 EC was created as homage to Clapton's career and his long lasting experience as a Ferrari owner.

The world-famous guitar player has been attached to one particular Ferrari model: the 512 BB, of which he has owned three over the years. So his desire was to drive a car inspired by this model, with influences from the multi-award winning 458 Italia. Exclusively in the latest issue of the Ferrari Official Magazine Eric Clapton talks about his passion and how the idea of a one-off car was born.

Meticulous attention in terms of style and technology was paid to the proportions and architecture of the SP12 EC - which is part of Ferrari's One-Off Programme – making this exceptional car even more significant. Just like music is created, applying the right notes in the right places to build a musical score, so was the creative process behind the SP12 EC.

For Eric Clapton, following the project through from what was, essentially, a blank canvas, was 'one of the most satisfying things I've ever done." Unique and irreproducible like the final car.


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      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      This thing is ridiculously good looking.
      jvshenderson
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't take my eyes off the rear fender from the front 3/4 angle. Kinda reminds me of a GT40 and a 288 GTO rolled together. I'm sure Clapton will enjoy this plenty, but I'd like to thank him for creating it because I'm enjoying it just looking at these photos.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      That looks worlds better than anything ferrari has made since(starting with) the california.
        leo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        either you all are very old or you all need glasses that is just butt ugly someone slapped some 1980's design ideas into a modern super car and uglified it beyond repair i think i could do better than that in my garage with hand made tools
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @leo
          Have you ever seen a 280 GTO, 355, 360, or 575?
          donloki
          • 2 Years Ago
          @leo
          Not every car has to look like it came out of the tron sequel. Just because its new and shiny and has blinking lights on it doesn't make it a good design. You will pick up far more women (or men, we don't discriminate) when you realize that. A car should have passion in its design.. good or bad. 458 lacks passion. Like the woman staring at you in the red dress that ends at the perfect altitude.. she is bad for you and will cost you 3 million dollars.. but you walk to her willingly.
      th0mb0ne
      • 2 Years Ago
      i wish this thing was an actual Ferrari production model. It makes half their current lineup look clunky and forgettable. I mean just look at what kind of porker the California looks like in comparison. Right on Clapton. First you gave us Layla, and now this.
      Jarda
      • 2 Years Ago
      in my eyes it fixed the terribly proportioned back of 458
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not that the 458's V8 isnt absolutely amazing, but if I was willing to pay £3 million for a retro bodied custom 458 with a V12, I wouldnt be so easily swayed if they said it wont fit. If I were Clapton, I would have just pointed at the new Enzo mule (458 donor car) and said "it fits. Give me that V12."
      Jordan Biffle
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it, its a fusion of modern and classic Ferrari design.
      Mason
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's kinda okay...I wish they'd made some new wheels though.
      design eye
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Sultan of Brunei has/had a few one-offs...this looks great. Nice to know that you can still go to Pininfarina for very tasty work!!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      BrandonF_XXX
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can we all agree the wheels don't match.
      Redline
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty nice, someone photoshop those HRE 5 spokes on there!
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