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Before any of you start hyperventilating in excitement, there are a few qualifiers to keep note of. The first is that these aren’t the actual special edition cars that Ferrari is planning to roll out as part of its 70th anniversary. These bad boys are 1:8 scale models of the real things and they come from Amalgam Collectibles, the maker of exquisite scale models that have graced these pages a handful of times over the years. Remember the 1:8 versions of the Jaguar E-Type that secretly stole the show at the 2016 Paris Motor Show? Yep, it’s the same company that’s bringing us 350 of these special edition Prancing Horse beauties.
The differentiation among these Ferraris come in the form of liveries, which we also first saw in Paris back in September 2016. All those liveries represented various designs that were pulled from Ferrari’s long and illustrious history, including “The Schumacher,” “The Magnum PI,” and “The Prototype.” All told, Ferrari has 70 unique liveries on offer, all of which will be used on five of the automaker’s current models, including the 488 GTB, 488 Spider, California T, F12 Berlinetta, and the GTC4 Lusso. Do the math and that adds up to 350 different cars, each having their own mini-me versions courtesy of Amalgam Collection.
Needless to say, the scale models come with unparalleled detail. That much we can expect from the same company that brought us those beautiful E-Type scale models in Paris. That said, they don’t come cheap either as each scale model comes with a price tag of $695. If you can stomach that much damage to your wallets, it might be best to pre-order these scale models now ahead of their initial release in July since each of the 350 unique scale models are one-offs.
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Although Enzo Ferrari founded the company in 1939 as Auto Avio Construzioni, Ferrari wasn’t recognized as a full-fledged automaker until 1947. Maranello is getting ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary next year and the celebration began at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, where the Italian brand announced the introduction of 70 special liveries that pay tribute to iconic Ferraris from the past.
Five models were selected for the livery feast: the F12beriletta, 488 GTB, 488 Spider, GTC4Lusso, and California T. Each sports car is available with any of the 70 liveries, but there’s a catch. Ferrari will only build one of each model in that livery, meaning there’s won’t be two identical cars with the same paint scheme. For instance, once someone orders a F12berlinetta in livery, that same livery won’t be offered on the same car again. However, it will be available on any of the remaining models (as long as they haven’t been ordered already, that is!).
As a result, Ferrari will build only 350 cars with the special, 70th anniversary liveries.
At the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari showed off four of its new liveries. There was an F12berlinetta inspired by Stirling Moss’ 250 GT SWB race car, a brown California T painted like Steve McQueen’s 250 Lusso, a 488 GTB that pays tribute to Michael Schumacher’s 2003 Formula One racer, and a Ferrari 488 Spider inspired by the 365 P2 that won the Nine Hours of Kyalami in 1965. The latter features the race car’s atypical metallic green paint.
The remaining 66 liveries also include several iconic paint schemes from the company’s past. There’s a red, No. 56 livery paying tribute to the first Ferrari race car from 1947, a red paint with yellow and blue accents on the nose based on Juan Manuel Fangio’s F1 car, as well as liveries inspired by the many Ferraris raced at Le Mans in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Ferrari offers Can-Am- and Sunoco-inspired liveries, as well as paint schemes based on car built for celebrities back in the day.
Each livery comes with its very own name, and some of them are quite interesting. Customers can order “The Heartthrob,” “The Patriarch,” “Gran Turismo Perfection,” “The Lucybelle”, “California Dreaming,” “The Lauda,” “The Wedding Gift,” or “The Pro.”
There’s no word on pricing, but expect these models to be significantly more expensive than their standard counterparts since they will be unique. Also expect them to sell out quickly, as Ferrari has already received inquiries about matching sets of five cars in one livery.
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The Techno-Classica Motor Show is said to be the world’s biggest trade show for Vintage cars. This year, the show ran from April 6th to April 10th and set a new record with 201,034 visitors over the five-day period. The primary purpose of the show is to host classic cars from any brand and to provide a public trade forum for selling and purchasing some of the world’s prettiest vintage, classic, and prestige vehicles. This year, if you stopped by the Ferrari exhibit, you would have seen a California T that was built to pay tribute to the Ferrari 250 SWB that was once owned by Eric Clapton.
The California T might be Ferrari’s entry-level model and is often criticized for being a car that is purchased “just so you can say you own a Ferrari.” This specific California T, however, isn’t your everyday California T. This California T was designed by Ferrari’s Tailor Made service with a unique paint job and a few other cool features that really set it apart, including a special paint job, some leather upholstery, and it even has a special option equipped that was recently unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show.
Unfortunately, Tailor Made didn’t go as far as to make this California T right-hand drive like Clapton’s 250 SWB, but it still did a fine job paying tribute to his iconic car. So, with that said, let’s take a look at what Tailor Made did to make this California T so special.
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Enhancing the appeal of their front-engined, drop-top sports car, Ferrari announced a new handling package option for the California T. The new Ferrari California T Handling Speciale is ought to make the car more interesting to customers that are not female.
The modern California has always been the underdog in Ferrari’s range. Every once in a while the Italian car makers shows it some love, just enough so they won’t feel guilty, and then go back to extracting more power out of the F12. The new Handling Speciale (HS) option is what they have come up with for the Cali T, but it’s a not just a gimmick. The package does actually make a difference in the way the car drives.
Ferrari California T Handling Speciale package comes with new damper settings (SCM3 magnetorheological) and modified springs which make the car stiffer (16% stiffer front springs and 19% at the rear). Ferrari admits that that takes away from the ride comfort of the soft California, but you won’t mind that once you flick the manettino button to Sport mode and feel the sweet handling and the feedback you get through the steering wheel.
California T HS also comes with a revised gear-shift logic for the Sport mode which in both automatic and manual modes result in faster and sportier shifts. But the best part of the package has to be the new exhaust system featuring two primary pipes and a new geometry that result in a more sonorous engine noise. The HS Package models get matte Grigio Ferro Met front grille and rear diffuser as well as matte black tailpipes.
The 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider took the Frankfurt Motor Show by storm, ushering in a new era of drop-top heaven for Ferrari enthusiasts. But the 488 Spider wasn’t the only Ferrari in attendance at Frankfurt. Maranello also brought a pair of personalized versions of the 2015 Ferrari California T, built specifically for the show to showcase the drop-top supercar’s potential under Ferrari’s Tailor-Made personalization program.
The Tailor Made program began in 2011 to give Ferrari customers the opportunity to put their personal imprints on their supercars. In the four years it’s been around, the program has built some high-quality bespoke Ferraris, including the 2014 Ferrari FF Dressage Edition, the 2013 Ferrari FF Czech Edition, and the 2014 Ferrari F12berlinetta Polo Edition. The two Tailor Made California Ts at Frankfurt don’t carry any fancy names like “Dressage” or “Polo,” but they do give us a peek into the possibilities of what customers can do to their own California Ts.
With the likes of Aston Martin (Q by Aston Martin), Lamborghini (Ad Personam Personalization), and McLaren (MSO) also offering their own personalization programs, Ferrari needs to be on top of its game to make the Tailor Made program competitive against its rivals. With the two Tailor Made California Ts at Frankfurt, it’s nice to see that Maranello’s taking its personalization program seriously. One of the two personalized California Ts was inspired by the iconic Ferrari 1957 250 TR, which raced in the “Buenos Aires 1,000 Kilometre” in January, 1958.
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Introduced for the 2015 model year, the California T created quite a stir among Ferrari enthusiasts, who saw the turbocharged convertible as a sign that Maranello had already begun to move away from naturally aspirated V-8 engines. But despite upsetting a few fans, the California T soon regained its popularity due to its increased output and reduced fuel consumption. Since then, Ferrari had already launched the 488 GTB, a turbocharged successor to the 458 Italia and the second member of the brand’s new family of sports cars employing forced induction.
The main reason I’m talking about the California T more than a year after its official debut is because the car’s online configurator just became a lot more fun. Ferrari has added an array of new colors and options to this online app, making the drop-top as customizable as any other model in the lineup.
If you’re looking to either book a California T or just have some fun and check out what’s new in the online configurator, this is the best time to give it a go. You can start designing your very own Ferrari by clicking here. Or you can continue reading past the break for more info and use our comments box below to share your creation with us.
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The owner of this Ferrari California must be a big fan of David Lynch’s 1986 movie Blue Velvet as he’s had his car wrapped in that very material. The world’s only Blue Velvet Ferrari California uses a light ‘baby’ shade of blue which is a bit lady-like, but still super unique.
Opinions vary about velvet wraps with some finding this new trend cool and daring, while others dismissing it as vulgar and stupid. But one thing we can be sure of is that the Blue Velvet Ferrari California is a lot more interesting to look at than a normal Cali which is frankly rather boring. Let’s have a closer look:
One can’t help but wonder about the difficulties maintaining a velvet wrap imposes on the owner of the car. We know that matte wraps require special care and attention to look their best, and it’s doubly important in the case of embossed wraps. But velvet probably tops them all. It is also the most expensive wrap, so if you fancy it, you’d better be ready to make a serious commitment!
Ferrari has introduced a bespoke California T created by the company’s Tailor Made division at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. Built specifically for the Chinese show, the California T “Tailor Made” illustrates how Ferrari’s customization program allows clients to commission unique cars. The bespoke convertible joins the FF Dressage Edition and the F12berlinetta Polo Edition, which Ferrari unveiled with the same purpose when it opened its first Tailor Made Center in Asia Pacific in 2014.
But while the Dressage and Polo Editions were inspired by horsemanship and the game of polo, respectively, they also celebrated the Chinese Year of the Horse. The California T “Tailor Made” is inspired by two style icons from the past: actress Ingrid Bergman and former First Lady of the U.S., Jacqueline Kennedy. As usual, the Italians opted for an understated exterior and an extensively customized interior, with all sorts of unique and luxurious features.
Much like the FF Tailor Made showcased a few months ago, this California T is here to prove there’s always room to improve a Ferrari; all you need is a fat wallet.
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