A 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta Is Going Under the Hammer at RM Sotheby’s Sale

Ferrari 599 SA Aperta 6 photos
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If you haven’t bought yourself a Christmas present yet, you might want to wait a little more. One month more, to be more specific. A very rare Ferrari 599 SA Aperta will be sold to the highest bidder by RM Sotheby’s in Arizona, during an auction taking place on January 28 and 29, 2016.
Replacing the 575M Maranello, the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano was produced between 2006 and 2012 and it quickly became the brand’s two-seat flagship model.

It was designed by Frank Stephenson under the guidance of Pininfarina and debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2006. Just like the model it replaced, the 599 also featured a limited-edition, open-top variant. The limited edition production of just 80 SA Apertas marked the 80th Anniversary of Pininfarina.

Ferrari engineers wanted the customers to feel the exact thrills of driving a 599, but with an open sky above them. In this regard, the Aperta has been redesigned to provide the same structural integrity as the closed Berlinetta version.

Some of the most important safety features present on this model include a much stronger windshield frame that provides rollover protection, the sail panels which are integrated into the outside profile of the two roll bars that protect the driver and passenger, and a lowered suspension for improved aerodynamics.

The power comes from a naturally aspirated, 6.0-liter, front-mounted V12 engine, borrowed from the hardcore 599 GTO. It produces 661 horsepower, and at the date of introduction, it was Ferrari’s most powerful street engine.

The car goes from a standstill to 60mph in just 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 202 mph, also thanks to the F1-style sequential electronic gearbox that changes the gears in a staggering 100 milliseconds.

Also included in this special edition open-top is the SCM Magnetorheological Suspension System that is capable of reacting 10 times faster than a conventional electronic suspension system. It was the first time when Ferrari mounted it on a street-going car.

Another feature that was also introduced for the first time on a street car is the F1 Trac, the traction and launch control enjoyed only by Ferrari’s F1 drivers.

Although the car mostly resembles the 599 GTO, the Aperta is lighter and more comfortable to drive. All 80 examples built by Ferrari with its best clientele in mind were sold before delivery, making the SA Aperta one of the rarest modern Ferraris.

This particular model going to auction in January comes with the original delivery paperwork, just 1,200 miles covered, a letter from Ferrari North America proving that the car meets all the U.S D.O.T safety, a clean CARFAX, and also the factory leather floor mats in their delivery case. The highest bidder will also receive the factory hardtop with its $10,000 accessory storage case, together with an extra US-specification instrument cluster, Classiche certification, window sticker and all books, records and tools, as RM Sotheby's reports.

The car is finished in Rosso Fuoco with Nero top and leather interior and special thick stitching.

Although the price is yet unknown, considering all the other details, I think it’s worth waiting another month to buy yourself a truly amazing present.
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