The Ferrari 599 SA Aperta: For those times when you want to drop a nice piece of change on an exotic car while avoiding those commonplace 1 of 500 models like the LaFerrari. With only 80 models put into production and a mere 8 RHD models sent to the UK, it doesn’t get a lot rarer than this. But its not just its scarcity that makes the SA Aperta so desirable; there is plenty of performance on offer to entire buyers as well.

Instead of carrying over the standard 599 engine, Ferrari fitted the SA Aperta with the same 661-horsepower V12 used in the mighty GTO. The drivetrain and gearbox were pulled from that car as well. That’s why, even though it is technically just a convertible version of the 599 GTB, I think of it more as an open-top GTO. Whether it’s more GTB or GTO, though, the SA Aperta has a style of its own; fitting for a Pininfarina tribute. The styling of the SA Aperta is so distinct, in fact, that very few observers would confuse it with the standard GTB – everywhere from the bumpers to the interior was given attention. Finally, my favourite upgrade has to be the extra-loud exhaust similar to the one used for the 599XX– listening to that soundtrack with the top down has to be quite the addicting experience.

The SA Aperta

This 1 of 80 model is currently available at Romans International in Banstead. Here is what they say about it:

Romans are to offer this ultra rare 2012/12 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta for sale presented in Rosso F1 2007 with Beige Leather. Being 1 of 80 cars built worldwide and believed to be 1 of 8 RHD UK supplied cars; the SA Aperta is the rarest modern-day Ferrari built, no doubt adding to its collectability.

For such a rare and desirable model, the asking price of £1,495,000 seems very reasonable, even if it could also buy a very nice house. This car seems to have been lightly, but not under-used, with just over 4,000 miles on the odometer. While the ad refers to it as an investment opportunity, I hope that whoever the future owner is decides to let it on the roads occasionally so that the world can enjoy that sweet, sweet, exhaust note.

The SA Aperta Gallery

This car is available at: Romans International