How do you celebrate Christmas? If you’re the son of a cable television magnate, the answer lies with a special one-off Ferrari 599.
Called the P540 Superfast Aperta, this golden roadster was built by Ferrari and Pininfarina expressly for Edward Walson, whose father is recognized as the inventor of cable TV. Walson, who was apparently smitten with a one-off 330 LMB used in a Frederico Fellini film, approached Ferrari last year to commission a modern interpretation of the car.
As the original was an unusual mixture of styling cues (mostly 250 TR and 250 LM), so too is the P540. Although the front fascia still carries some 599 influence, the grille, rear fascia, and side scoops are patterned after the 330 LMB, while the body line itself resembles that of a Maserati GranTurismo. Powertrain — a 611-hp 6.0-liter V-12 mated to a six-speed F1-style sequential gearbox — is unchanged from a “normal” 599 GTB.
Ferrari built the car in 14 months, allowing Walson to, in his words, take delivery of the “most special Christmas present of my life.”