2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta

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After Ferrari built the 599 GTO, their fastest road-going Ferrari up to that point, they made a limited edition of 80 open-top versions that also served as a tribute to long-time Ferrari collaborator Pininfarina on their 80th birthday.

The SA stands for Sergio Andrea, the first name of two members of the Pininfarina family. Aperta means open, a reference to open air motoring thanks to the removable roof panel.

Mechanically, the car is basically idential to the 599 GTO, a road-going version of the 599XX. Power comes from a 6 liter V12 putting out a full 661 hp. 0-62 mph happens in a scant 3.3 seconds, on up to a top speed of 208 mph.

This car will be sold by Mecum Auctions in Monterey, California on August 18-20, 2016, right before the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 21.

---- Specifications ----
Price -- Production 80
Engine 6 liter V12 Weight --
Aspiration natural Torque --
HP 661 hp HP/Weight --
HP/Liter 110.2 hp per liter 1/4 mile --
0-62 mph 3.35 second Top Speed 208 mph

(from Mecum Auctions Press Release) 2011 Ferrari 599 SA Aperta

  • S/N 182259, 1 of 80 produced
  • Built to commemorate Ferrari's 80th Anniversary
  • SA refers to Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina and Aperta means open in Italian
  • Rated at 0-60 in 3.35 seconds and top speed of 208 MPH
  • One owner and 870 miles since new
  • 6.0L/661 HP V-12 engine
  • F1 Superfast transmission
  • Magnetorheological suspension
  • Red brake calipers
  • Carbon fiber central bridge, driver zone, door panel, door sill covers, boot compartment, front valence and dash insert
  • Corsa Red with Red Recaro sport seats
  • Electric heated side mirrors
  • Black 5-spoke wheels with Pirelli tires
  • Carbon ceramic braking system
  • Scuderia shields and dedication plate
  • Shortened windshield and integrated rollover protection
  • Autographed by the engineers and staff that built the car

The 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO was the fastest road-going Ferrari ever, with the 6.0L/661 HP engine derived from the 599XX track car, the F1 Superfast gearbox, computerized stability and traction control systems and Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brakes all contributing to its world-beating overall performance. And if you have ever heard the shriek of an unbridled Ferrari V-12 at full song, punctuated by virtually instantaneous gear changes, you know full well the aural magic that goes along with it.

Having reached that rarefied apex in the GTO, Ferrari took the next natural step by turning out 80 examples of the special-edition SA Aperta, which instantly assumed the mantle of the fastest open-topped road Ferrari in the company’s history.

While pointedly lacking the GTO nameplate, the SA Aperta possesses its own magical air. The most exclusive open Ferrari offered to that time, its creation celebrated the 80th anniversary of Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina, which has been associated with the Prancing Horse since its coachwork first appeared in June 1952 on the lovely 212 Inter. Since then it has been responsible for the most beautiful Ferraris, from the sensuously formed 250 long and short wheel-base coupes and cabriolets to the brilliant 458 Speciale. That explains the “SA” part of the name, which stands for present-day principals Sergio and Andrea Pininfarina. “Aperta” is Italian for “open,” which brings us to the SA Aperta’s main distinguishing feature. At first glance, the car looks identical to the 599 berlinettas with their gently sloping sail panels that direct air to the rear spoiler. But closer inspection reveals the lower windshield profile that identifies this Ferrari as an SA Aperta. Rather than a folding soft top or electrically operated hideaway roof, the SA Aperta features a single lightweight panel that lifts off to reveal twin integrated roll hoops whose shapes closely match those of the seat headrests. The sail panels have been retained, and are both aerodynamically and aesthetically vital to the F1-inspired design.

Ferrari’s F1 technologies are at full play beneath the SA Aperta’s artfully sculpted carbon-fiber skin. The first step in maximizing their value was strengthening the chassis structure to produce, in Ferrari’s words, "a standard of stiffness comparable to that of a closed berlinetta." The SA Aperta’s 6.0L V-12 instantly winds up to its hair-raising 8,500 RPM redline, where it generates an honest 661 HP; both that and its peak 488 lb-ft of torque are identical to that of the GTO, which uses more than 90 percent of the engine found in the track-only 599XX. The paddle-shifted 6-speed F1 Superfast transmission rivals the 599XX unit for crisp 60-millisecond upshifts and 120-millisecond downshifts, and like the XX gearbox, the driver can execute multiple downshifts by clamping and holding the left-hand paddle shifter. The GTO also contributed its Manettino-adjusted F1 Trac magnetorheological suspension and massive Brembo carbon-ceramic disc brakes. No surprise, then, that the SA Aperta equals the GTO’s 3.35-second dash to 60 MPH and its 208 MPH top speed.

Serial number 182259, this 2011 Ferrari SA Aperta is a one-owner example driven just 870 Miles. The Corsa Red body with a white center stripe looks striking against the red leather and Alcantara interior. The interior features Recaro sport seats and extensive use of polished carbon fiber. Scuderia Ferrari cloisonné shields and dedication plate, red-painted brake calipers, electrically heated side mirrors and black 5-spoke alloy wheels with Pirelli high-speed radials are also incorporated.

This stunning and unique Ferrari’s carbon-fiber front apron bears autographs of all Ferrari personnel involved in its production and assembly.