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Let's Explore Ferrari's Weirdest, Most Wonderful One-Off Creations - Jalopnik

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Jalopnik: Let's Explore Ferrari's Weirdest, Most Wonderful One-Off Creations (

There are Ferraris, and then there are these super-rare — and in some cases, super-secret — projects.

Ferraris by their very nature tend to be pretty rare cars. But there’s another echelon of rarity within the company’s storied history — a slate of one-offs and super-low-production models, only meant for a buyer or several with the funds to commission the car’s creation just for themselves, and them alone.

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Unsurprisingly, these happen to be some of the most interesting cars Ferrari has ever produced. In the late 2000s, Ferrari launched its own internal effort, called the Portfolio Coachbuilding Program ( , to head up development of these uber-exclusive models, most of them designated with the “SP�?? moniker. Prior to this, venerated design houses, like Pininfarina, took it upon themselves to reimagine Maranello’s most celebrated metal for a lucky few. Let’s explore 10 noteworthy examples.

#10 Intended to commemorate Ferrari of Japan’s 50th anniversary, the company built 10 editions of the J50 — a 488 Spider-based roadster that elegantly pulls cues from the brand’s past and present. One of the most notable examples is the black line curving around the bumper and upward toward the belt line, terminating right before the rear edge of the door, a memorable hallmark from the likes of the F40 and F50.

The J50 is probably most striking from above, where you can observe the bodywork stretching over the roll hoops, offering a nice contrast to the transparent engine cover and its black-painted surrounds. Speaking of which, that turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 is also punched up compared to what you’d find in a 488, here developing 690 horsepower — 30 more than usual.

#9 The SP38 was sort of like the coupe version of the J50. That’s by no means a criticism; the J50 already looked phenomenal, though the SP38 might look even better by virtue of its simplicity. Ferrari’s designers were supposedly heavily inspired by the F40 in developing this car. I’m not quite seeing the resemblance if I’m honest, though I suppose the low rear wing integrated into the bodywork is a subtle callback. The star-pattern wheels are a more obvious nod to the F50; coupled with the black A pillars, they lend an old-school vibe. There is exactly one SP38 in existence, and it’s owned by Ronnie Kessel, son of Swiss racing driver Loris Kessel.

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