To celebrate Ferrari’s 60th year in North America, Maranello has returned to its 1950s and 60s tradition of producing strictly limited edition, built-to-order cars. The result is the F60America, of which just 10 will be produced.
The new car, which combines their American clients’ two great passions—the V12 engine and open-top driving—was unveiled last October 11 at an anniversary celebration gala dinner at Beverly Hills City Hall.
The Beverly Hills City Hall was bathed in rosso Ferrari with the emblem of the Prancing Horse displayed in grandeur on the building’s façade. Mayor Lili Bosse opened the evening with a proclamation declaring the commencement of the festivities for Ferrari’s 60th anniversary in Beverly Hills. The event was presided by John Elkann, Chairman of FCA, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA and Chairman of Ferrari, Amedeo Felisa, CEO of Ferrari, and Piero Ferrari, Vice Chairman of Ferrari.
At the dinner, auctioneer David Gooding brought the guests to their feet as he auctioned the first of 499 examples of the newest 458 Speciale A. The car sold for $900,000 with proceeds benefitting “Daybreak,” the American branch of the Italian charity whose mission for nearly 25 years has been to advance research towards a cure for rare genetic diseases.
The 458 Speciale A wasn’t the only Prancing Horse on display. In honor of the Ferrari’s era in the USA, the limited-edition F60 America was unveiled to private guests of the black-tie event.
The powerful and innovative mid-front-mounted V12 and specific gear ratios underscore the F60America’s wonderfully sporty character. The F60America’s personality is instantly clear from its flanks that are characterized by an innovative diapason design theme.
The front of the car is dominated by the classic Ferrari single front grille with chrome finish and integrated air intakes for the brakes.
The cabin’s asymmetrical design highlights the driver’s area with sporty red trim, while the passenger side is black, inspired by the historic Ferrari competition cars. The cabin trim is exclusive with the dash, tunnel and door panels on the driver’s side all swathed in composite materials. The racing seats also feature a stylized American flag motif on the centre of each seat and backrest.
The F60America’s bodywork adopts the classic North American Racing Team livery, and the special Ferrari 60th anniversary Prancing Horse badge on the wheelarches also appears on the tunnel in the cabin.
The wonderfully elegant and unique F60America has entranced US collectors and all 10 examples are already spoken for.