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Pininfarina finishes custom Eric Clapton Ferrari

The one-off, $4.7-million Ferrari is Clapton's modern-day 512 Berlinetta Boxer -- and it won't sit in his garage.

By AutoWeek Nov 8, 2012 12:53PM

Ferrari offers the option of personalization on every car that it sells, so long as you have the coin. But if you're really flush, like guitar legend Eric Clapton, and you are a preferred Ferrari customer, you can go even further.

When Clapton made the request for a 512 Boxer Berlinetta-inpsired version of the Ferrari 458 Italia, the company and its exclusive design house Pininfarina happily obliged. What they came up with was a true one-off called the SP12 EC and a price of $4.7 million.

The car retains the heart of the 458, a 4.5-liter V8 making 562 horsepower at a stratospheric 9,000 rpm. At one point, Clapton wanted a V12—like the 512's—but was persuaded that the 458 would be more practical and flexible. It would also make the build cheaper and easier.

When Ferrari Magazine asked if Clapton enjoyed the process, he said it was one of the most satisfying things he's ever done.

“There will never be anything like this again. This is me listening to Fangio and Ascari. It's all there,” said Clapton.

Ferrari SP12 EC (c) Ferrari

His first experience with Ferrari was when George Harrrison arrived at his house in a 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC. Clapton said it was “the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen.”

He's owned three BBs since then, one of which was damaged in a crash that Clapton says was his fault. He says the integrity of the 512's design may have saved his life. Clapton says the car won't just be a show piece: It will be driven (like all his cars).

“As much as it's a beautiful, one-off thing, it still has to be used properly. It's like riding a horse,” Clapton told Ferrari Magazine. “At some point you have to establish the relationships. So the truth is there might be a few dents along the way . . . it's going to happen. And I'm fine with that.”

-- Jake Lingeman


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Nov 10, 2012 11:17PM
The best part of the article is that Clapton says the vehicle will be driven.
Nov 11, 2012 12:08AM
That's it...getting guitar lessons so I can get a Ferrari like this.


Also, I am happy to hear that it will not just be a garage queen.

Nov 9, 2012 8:25AM
The 458 Italia is a great looking car...  But this thing is stunning!!  Wow.
Nov 8, 2012 1:14PM
Nov 11, 2012 12:39AM
I wonder if they'll take my Yugo in on trade?
Nov 11, 2012 2:40AM
I heard Clapton not only liked Harrison's car, he took his wife or girlfriend, too!
Nov 11, 2012 5:00AM
Good for you, EC!  I'm always hoping to run into Eric @ the grocery store or something, as he lives near my zone; now I know what to look for!  I have had a hug saved for him for 25+ years for making the world a better place on so many levels.  He deserves this; he has given us earthlings so very much for so long that he deserves every thing he has & happiness to boot.  
Wishing Eric & his passengers safety, FUN & great moments in that gorgeous beast.
Nov 10, 2012 1:15AM
The BB512 was a FLAT 12-cylinder boxer engine, not a V-12.  The BB stands for Berlinetta Boxer.
Nov 11, 2012 8:39AM
I find it interesting that he fell in love with a car driven by George Harrison.  This was the same George Harrison that made a lot of money from an album titled "Living in the Material World" that berates people (including John and Paul) for desiring material objects and missing "the important things in life".
Nov 11, 2012 5:52AM
Good for you Eric! Enjoy your new ride but please be safe, we need you around fr more of your wonderful music. PEACE
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