Ferrari chose to celebrate their 60th year of car sales in North America with a limited edition of ten convertible F60America sports cars. Each car has a bespoke specification ordered by the customer, but the original basis for the car is the F12 Berlinetta coupe. The Ferrari F60America isn’t the first convertible car based on the F12 but unlike the one-off F12 TRS several cars will be built. The limited production run specifically for American customers reflects the 1967 classic Ferrari 275 GTS4 NART Spider which was requested by Luigi Chinetti – Ferrari’s sole importer of the day, to suit the taste of his clients.
The F12 platform gives this Italian convertible world-class levels of performance from a stiff but lightweight aluminium alloy space frame chassis. The large capacity front-mid mounted V12 engine produces 730 horsepower and with a standard 7-speed dual-clutch paddle-shift gearbox with fast Formula 1-style shifts, the Ferrari F60America must produce thrilling levels of performance. We can only speculate on how good it is to drive, as despite the multimillion dollar price tag, all ten cars were sold before the model was even announced. Due to their rarity, these cars are set to appreciate and remain hidden away in private collections.
The F60America clearly takes the title of Ferrari’s most powerful road-legal convertible car. The full limits of the car can, however only be explored with the roof folded away as the simple lightweight manually folding roof supplied with the car can only be used at road speeds up to 120 km/h or 75 mph.
The show car came painted in the classic North American Racing Team (NART) colours which reflect the US flag while the front wheel arches are decorated with special 60th anniversary prancing horse badges. Inside are different coloured trim on either side of the car, the driver’s side getting red while the passenger is given black. A unique trim design includes the dashboard, transmission tunnel and door panels. The are many carbon fibre details and elements of the US flag feature in the centre stripe of each seat. Behind each seat are leather trimmed roll-hoops fitted to flying buttresses which flow along the rear of the car.