For seven years, the 599 GTB reigned as king of the front-engine Ferraris. To celebrate 80 years of Pininfarina design, they decided to build an exclusive convertible version of the 599, the 599 SA Aperta. The Pininfarina family has been designing and building Italian cars since 1930. In addition to designing Ferrari’s most iconic models, they have also penned municipal buses, trains and Coca-Cola’s new Freestyle soda machines. The letters “SA” in the name are the first initials of Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina.
Under the hood of the 599 SA Aperta lurks the 670 horsepower V12 from the 599 GTO. The prototype was shown at a private event during the Pebble Beach Concours in 2010, and all 80 examples were sold that weekend. Underneath, the chassis was tweaked to deliver the stiffness of the 599 coupe without adding additional weight. In addition to losing the roof, other parts went on a diet to return to a curb weight of only 1495 kg, or 3296 lbs. What resulted is an incredibly powerful engine in a lightweight supercar. Zero to 62mph is achieved in only 3.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 202 mph.
In terms of the time and money Ferrari spent on a run of only 80 cars, they sold them at a loss. This low production makes it one of the most exclusive models they have ever built. Rarely seen in public these days, the SA Aperta is the definition of a collector car. When you have the chance to purchase one, don’t pass it up. Be sure to click the car’s listing below to learn more.