This week, we're going to take a look at four Ferraris that are definitely not forgotten - in fact, they're brand new. But there are some facts about them - and their own individual firsts - that you may be less than familiar with!
A couple of weeks ago, we met the Ferrari Mythos - the Pininfarina-designed, Testarossa-based barchetta showcar. At the time, you'll remember, we blogged about how the car was a one-off, with no roof to keep things as simple as possible. Except it wasn't quite a one-off - someone with an enormous amount of money decided he liked the car so much, he wanted one. Well, actually, he wanted two. Only they needed to have roofs. Have you guessed who it is yet? Yes, that's right, it's the Sultan of Brunei...
The Sultan's pair of Ferrari Mythos coupes live in good company. The Royal Brunei car collection also includes eight McLaren F1's, six Dauer Porsche 962 LM's, the world's only right-hand-drive Mercedes CLK-GTR, Porsche 959's, three Cizeta V16GTs, six replica gullwing Mercedes 300SLs based on the modern AMG SL500, the Bentley Dominator, a one-off SUV with Range Rover technology and Ferrari 456-based four-door saloons and estate cars, plus three coachbuilt Aston Martins. Quite the packed garage...
Pictures of the Sultan's Mythos coupe are hard to come by. This was the only one we could find of the real car:
Popular opinion often has it that supercars are fragile beasts, unsuited to daily or rough driving. However, this myth has certainly been shattered several times over when you look at the long-haul, high-profile driving events Ferrari has put several of its cars through over the past few years - including the Panamerican 20,000 in 2006.
We called this blog "Forgotten Ferraris", but that's perhaps not quite the right phrase for this week's entry - it's less a case of it being forgotten and more a case of it being so ultra-rare that it might almost be mythical!
The Ferrari 599XX debuted at the 2009 Geneva Motor show and is based on the 599 GTB Fiorano, with numerous (mind-blowing) tweaks and additions to give it even more power. The engine, the V12 out of the Enzo, has the combustion chambers and inlet and exhaust tracts extensively modified to boost the maximum RPM to 9000, at which the engine produces 690bhp. The motor is also lightened by a combination of design optimisation and using advanced materials like the carbon-fibre used for the intake plenums.
Looksmart has covered an awful lot of unusual Ferraris, and they come from all eras of the marque's long and distinguished history - from the very first cars to come out of Maranello in the 1940's, through the heydey of coachbuilt designs in the fifties and sixties to the very latest designs produced just a few years ago. So let's take a quick break from our more in-depth pieces and count down ten of the most unusual Ferraris made by Looksmart - including two upcoming models that have yet to hit the shop shelves!
The Ferrari 250GT Spyder California hardly qualifies as a "Forgotten Ferrari" on its own. As one of the most desirable members of the 250 family, Californias were owned by the glitterati when new - Alain Delon, Roger Vadim and Steve McQueen, to name but a few. Some 50 years later, the cars are hugely sought after by Ferrari collectors, changing hands for seven figure sums. And, of course, the California is a bonafide pop culture icon thanks to its appearance (or at least the appearance of a very realistic replica) in the classic 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
What is barely known about the car, however, is that you could get it with a hard-top!