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Christopher Bruce2012-03-23 00:24:46

*Updated with Video* Ferrari Builds One-Off 512BB-Inspired 458 Possibly Owned by Eric Clapton

 
 
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*Updated with Video* Ferrari Builds One-Off 512BB-Inspired 458 Possibly Owned by Eric Clapton

*Update* Here is some more to add to the mystery. A video was added to Youtube on March 22 showing the car being removed from the same glass box that is in the photos from yesterday. It is driven outside and into a car trailer. There is still no official proof that this car is owned by Clapton, but it is certainly a very real car. The video provides a walk-around of the entire car and lets you hear it at idle. At 38 seconds into the video, you can nearly see the badge. It appears to read 'SP12 EC'. SP12 indicates that this is the twelfth car that Ferrari has built as part of the Special Vehicles Program. Do any of our more Ferrari knowledgeable readers what EC stands for?

Video Source: Car Scoop via Youtube User Smee150

A Ferrari 458 Italia-based one-off meant to look like a Ferrari 512BB was on display at the UK launch of Ferrari 458 Spyder on Wednesday night at H.R Owen, a premium car dealer in London. The car was under glass to keep it from being touched, but evidence points to a high probability that this car was ordered by Eric Clapton as part of Ferrari's Special Vehicles Program. 

The users at Ferrari Chat broke the story having found out that Clapton had ordered a 512bb-inspired car. One of the Ferrari Chat users reported in October 2011 seeing the car and said that it was two-tone with dark red the predominant color, had a horizontal front grill and matte black carb covers at the rear.

Another user said in January 2012 that Clapton had received the car, but it would be displayed some time in March. 

All of these items are on the car shown at H.R Owen. So it appears that this is Clapton's car. 

The photos above were taken at the event by Michael P Sanwald who posted them to Twitter. 

The car is part of the Ferrari Special Vehicles Program where wealthy buyers can specify unique cars to Ferrari as long as they use current Ferrari running gear. There may be suspension or brake changes, but the basic chassis and engine have to come from a current Ferrari. The other examples of these cars include the Ferrari 612-based P4/5 and the F430-based SP1.

Source: Autoblog via Ferrari Chat

Encyclopedia
FerrariFerrari
458 Italia458 Italia
458 Italia458 Italia
Engine
V 8 (90º vee)
Displacement
275 cu in
Top Speed
202 mph
Transmission
7, Double Clutch
Maximum power
570 hp @ 9000 rpm
Type
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
17.68 US MPG
price
$ 290.713
* based on United Kingdom prices
annual ownership cost
$ 3.653

3 comments

revver
"EC" handily stands for Eric Clapton...
23.03.2012 @ 11:21
cabruce
Excellent point
23.03.2012 @ 14:50
authomobilia
The license plate reads SP12EPC, and I see on Wikipedia that the name of 'God' or 'Slowhand' is Eric Patrick Clapton, so indeed Revver seems to have guessed right.
31.03.2012 @ 00:37
Anonymous
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