One of only 60 built of which four are right-hand drive ,2008 Ferrari 612 Sessanta Coupé  Chassis no. ZFFJY54C000158230 Engine no. 127340
Lot 327
2008 Ferrari 612 Sessanta Coupé
Coachwork by Pininfarina Registration no. LJ57 WWA Chassis no. ZFFJY54C000158230 Engine no. 127340
Sold for £91,100 (US$ 151,065) inc. premium
Lot Details
One of only 60 built of which four are right-hand drive
2008 Ferrari 612 Sessanta Coupé
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Registration no. LJ57 WWA
Chassis no. ZFFJY54C000158230
Engine no. 127340

Footnotes

  • Introduced in 2007, the Sessanta was a limited edition variant of the already exclusive Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, which had debuted back in 2004. In naming its new four-seater Gran Turismo after Carrozzeria Scaglietti, Ferrari acknowledged the immense contribution made by its Maranello neighbour and close collaborator over the preceding 50 years. Founded by Sergio Scaglietti in 1951 and now a wholly-owned subsidiary, the company has been responsible for manufacturing many of Ferrari's most memorable cars.

    The 612's design brief called for a car capable of accommodating four adults in comfort, rather than being merely a '2+2', without sacrificing any of the superlative driving dynamics excepted by dedicated Ferraristi. The biggest Ferrari road car when introduced, the 612 Scaglietti afforded increased rear-seat knee room, almost 3" more headroom and considerably greater luggage space than its 456M forebear, courtesy of a wheelbase lengthened by all of 13.8". Research had shown that acceleration improved markedly if a more rearwards weight bias could be achieved, the target figures for the 612's front/rear split being 45/55 percent compared to the 456's 57/43. Meeting this requirement, which involved moving the engine back, while maintaining adequate interior space could only be achieved by means of an extended wheelbase, hence the generous stretch.

    In styling the 612, Pininfarina paid homage to one of its most famous past creations – the fabulous 375MM commissioned by renowned Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini for his wife, Ingrid Bergman and first seen at the Paris Salon in 1954 – the long nose and scalloped sides of which find echoes in the Scaglietti. While the styling might have been 'retro', the underlying structure was all innovation. Normally, increasing a car's size results in a proportionate gain in weight, yet the 612 Scaglietti weighs less than the smaller 456M and is 54 percent stiffer in torsion. The 'secret' lies in the 612's lightweight aluminium chassis, a mixture of extrusions, castings and panels, which replaces the traditional sheet-steel monocoque.

    No content with merely shedding weight as a means of boosting performance, the 612 featured an improved version of the 575M Maranello's 5,748cc 65-degree V12 engine producing 540bhp and 434lb/ft of torque. The optional F1A transmission too underwent significant improvement, incorporating extra synchronisation cones for swifter changes, while manual/automatic, 1st and reverse gears could now be selected using a gate on the centre console, rather than only by means of the steering-wheel paddles.

    The 612 Scaglietti had active damping and adaptive suspension, its steering wheel-mounted controls enabling selection of either 'Normal' or 'Sport' modes while the integrated Electronic Stability and Traction Control System (CST) was a Ferrari first. Lighter, more powerful and endowed with superior suspension and brakes, the 612 Scaglietti lapped around six seconds quicker around Ferrari's Fiorano test track than the 456M. Its top speed? 196mph.

    'The interior of the 612 Scaglietti is stylishly fashioned with a focus on comfort and practicality,' said Ferrari. 'The dominant materials are stitched handcrafted leather, and aluminium. This is a sporting, sophisticated interior that reflects the 612's high-tech soul and old-world pedigree.' Dual-zone climate control and a specially developed nine-speaker Bose digital sound system were among the host of desirable standard features.

    The Sessanta (Sixty) variant was created to commemorate 60 years of Ferrari production with, appropriately, only 60 being built. Enhancements to the standard specification included 19" forged aluminium wheels, an 'electrochromic' glass sunroof and '612 Sessanta' badges both inside and out. What was also enhanced was the price, which in the USA was a whopping $424,000, or approximately £254,400 at today's rate of exchange.

    First registered on 1st February 2008, the Sessanta offered here is one of only four right-hand drive cars delivered to the UK. 'LJ57 WWA' is currently in the hands of only its second owner, has covered a mere 46,339 miles from new and comes with full Ferrari service history. There are four stamps in the service booklet, the most recent dated 18th February 2014, while in December 2013 the Sessanta was fitted with a new clutch. Finished in two-tone blue/silver grey with charcoal leather interior, this most exclusive and beautiful of modern Ferraris is offered with the aforementioned service history, current road fund licence, MoT to February 2015 and V5C registration document.
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