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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 11, 2012 10:46AM
Its great to see someone whi is  able to buy the car of there dreams and then have the _alls to actuually use it.
Nov 11, 2012 10:41AM
Nov 11, 2012 10:27AM
I am a woman who has driven a transit bus for 24 years and looking at this car has given me a woodie.
Nov 11, 2012 10:13AM
I'd say I was jealous but that would be the understatement of the year, sweet ride!!!
Nov 11, 2012 9:47AM
I'm sorry but to me this is whats wrong with our society---$4million cars, $8,000 wrist watches, $50million houses, $60million apartments in NY and this just the low end of needless spending when there are people all over the world starving and living in war torn countries. Billionaires whining in the US that they have to pay their fair share in taxes, tax breaks given them in the Bush presidency era, called the trickle down theory that was to save America. Republicans make me want to puke!   
Nov 11, 2012 9:30AM
where in the world is the $4.4+/- million in customization? Nice ride for sure- but $4.7 million?   
Nov 11, 2012 9:17AM
why should I inspect his car I could care less what he drives
Nov 11, 2012 9:16AM
I'd be too afraid to put a dent in this beautiful car!
Nov 11, 2012 9:13AM
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