One of only 80 examples built, the rarest iteration of the 599 GTB
Looking to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Pininfarina, Ferrari decided to produce just 80 examples of a convertible version of their 599 GTB. Dubbed the SA Aperta, this was a model reserved for the marque’s best clients. At its heart was the 6.0-litre V-12 engine sourced from the 599 GTO, capable of producing 661 bhp, which was at the time Ferrari’s most powerful street engine offered to date. Even though the car shares many of the components of the hardcore 599 GTO, it is slightly softer and more comfortable to drive, making it more liveable on long journeys and giving it a friendlier personality overall – ideal in the drop-top companion to the 599 GTO.
Previously residing with a large collector of supercars located in the United Arab Emirates, it has accumulated less than 3,600 km in his ownership. Finished in Nero paintwork, its stealth appearance is benefitted from several tasteful options, including matching Nero brake callipers, carbon fibre hub caps, carbon fibre Scuderia shields eschewing the traditional yellow and aftermarket tinted taillights.
Inside, the theme continues and the car is trimmed in Nero leather with Rosso accents, including Rosso stitching for the cavallinos and ‘SA Aperta’ script on the headrests. The steering wheel, transmission tunnel and dashboard boast carbon fibre accents, contrasted by the red tachometer. Furthermore, it is important that the car is accompanied by the optional carbon fibre roof, a costly and seldom-seen option.
Delivering 599 GTO levels of performance along with the thrills of open-air motoring, the 599 SA Aperta is a wonderful car in every right that seemingly delivers the best of both worlds. Comfortable and spacious enough to be used every day or for extended road trips, and with enough performance on tap to put almost any other car on the road firmly in the rearview mirror, it is hard to think of a more capable modern grand tourer. Having only been driven 3,600 km from leaving the production line in Maranello, this 599 SA Aperta would be an excellent addition to any collection for its supreme versatility. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/pa19.