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Old 07-19-2006, 10:40 PM
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612 Kappa



The Story

When well known Ferrari collector Peter S. Kalikow asked Pininfarina to build him a personalized 612 Scaglietti, the Italian coachbuilder was more than happy to oblige. There was a desire for some time in Turin to customize Ferrari products, but they lacked the solid backing Kalikow offered. He had a list of areas he wanted addressed, which resulted in a totally unique 612, sharing not one panel with the production model.

It was not the first time Kalikow had a go at creating a car. In the early 1970s he was behind the Momo Mirage coupe, which combined an American drivetrain with an Italian coachwork. Sadly only two cars were assembled, which are both in Kalikow's collection. They are joined by a wide variety of the 1950s and 1960s Ferraris, many of which were successfully shown in concours d'elegance all over the world. Both the colour and some cues of the customized 612 were inspired by the various cars in the collection. The American's collector's Ferraris all sport a license plate starting with a 'K', so he simply named the car 'Kappa'; the Greek name for the letter 'K'.

The clearest new design element inspired by the classic Ferraris is the scoop in the engine cover, which is lined with polished aluminum. Another notable change up front is the use of chrome in the headlights. A looking at the side of the car raises the question whether the wheelbase was shortened, which it wasn't. The added vents behind the front wheels are responsible for the shorter appearance. They are not just for show, but also increase the downforce by allowing air to escape from the wheel-well. The rear end is also extensively modified with the taillights moved up to the edge to a similar location as the on the F430 and Enzo.

Entry to the car is through personalized door handles, which feature the owner's initials. These were not specified, but were added as a present by Pininfarina. If this is not enough to identify the car's initiator and executioner, there is a plaque in the door sill that explains the details even more clearly. The interior is pretty much stock, although a upholstery colour is used that has not been available since the mid-1990s. What is very special is the roof fitted, which mainly consists of two panes of glass. Similar to those used in large German saloons, the glass' transparency can be changed from completely clear to pitch black.

Pininfarina turned Kalikow's desires into metal in less than a year and he could officially take delivery of the 612 Kappa at the Villa d'Este Concorso d'Eleganza. Five minutes after receiving the keys, he was already asking around how far away he was from the German Autobahns. Kalikow did stick around long enough to explain that Ferrari agreed not to copy any of the unique cues of the Kappa for future models.

Peter Kalikow's Ferrari 612 Kappa is pictured here at Villa d'Este just after it was delivered by Pininfarina. We would like to thank Ferrari historian Marcel Massini and Peter Kalikow for assisting us with this feature. WM

General Specs

Country of origin Italy
Produced in 2006
Numbers built one-off
Body design Pininfarina
Weight 1840 kilo / 4056.5 lbs
Drivetrain
Engine 60º V 12
Engine Location Front , longitudinally mounted
Displacement 5.748 liter / 350.8 cu in
Valvetrain 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed Fuel injection
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Gearbox 6 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive
Performance figures
Power 540 bhp / 403 KW @ 7250 rpm
Torque 588 Nm / 434 ft lbs @ 5250 rpm
BHP/Liter 94 bhp / liter
Power to weight ratio 0.29 bhp / kg
Top Speed 320 km/h / 199 mph
0-60 mph Acceleration 4.2 s




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575 GTZ



The Story

Yoshiyuki Hayashi is a famous Japanese car collector, who owns numerous cars of great historical value, including several Ferraris such as the 166MM, the 250 Spider California, two Daytonas – a coupé and a spider – and the Enzo. In the classic tradition of the keen purchaser of exclusive cars who stimulated the creativeness of Italian coachbuilders in the 1950s and 1960s, Yushiyuki Hayashi asked Zagato if it would be possible to create a body for his 575M, in the style of the famous 250GTZ berlinetta.

When Zagato received this request, it informed Ferrari of the project, which would be a good opportunity to celebrate the model’s anniversary, and then created a car that harked back to the 250 GTZ, built around the Ferrari 575. Like its forebear, the 575 GTZ has an all-aluminium body, and, as a tribute to Ferrari and to two-seater Italian sports cars, it has joined the exclusive group of cars that are the fruit of the tradition of custom-built cars.

Like the 250 GTZ, it sports two-tone paintwork with styling cues and volumes that explicitly refer back to the 1950s, and sublimates the character of the many cars built by Zagato to clothe original engineering, with the pure style of traditional sports cars. For Zagato, the project represented an opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari 250 GTZ of 1956, one of the most outstanding GT cars, which has already gone down in history.

The model, which was also commissioned by a gentleman driver and collector, in the best Zagato tradition, is a sublime synthesis of prestige and performance, elegance and sportiness, to the point that it can boast the highest value of any car in the luxury period sports car market. The 250 GTZ has won numerous competitions and concours d’élégance, and it represents a dream come true, because experts and fans consider it one of the most beautiful cars in the world.

The new 575 GTZ has the Ferrari prancing horse on its bonnet and the Z of Zagato on its side, an expression of eternal Italian excellence in its form and content. It is a winning combination, linking the most powerful, famous engineering in the world with the most refined, fascinating sporting style, both made strictly in Italy. The concept of sporty elegance, functional design that does not merely follow the trend of the moment but strives for pure performance, and the ultra-light aluminium body are Zagato’s strengths which become a universally recognised value.

The 575 GTZ is seen here at its Villa d'Este launch. We would like to thank Ferrari historian Marcel Massini and Zagato for assisting us with this feature.

The Specs

Country of origin Italy
Produced in 2006
Numbers built at least two
Body design Zagato
Weight 1690 kilo / 3725.8 lbs
Drivetrain
Engine 65º V 12
Engine Location Front , longitudinally mounted
Displacement 5.748 liter / 350.8 cu in
Valvetrain 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed Fuel injection
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Gearbox electro-hydraulic, paddle operated 6 speed Semi-automatic
Drive Rear wheel drive
Performance figures
Power 540 bhp / 403 KW @ 7250 rpm
Torque 589 Nm / 434 ft lbs @ 5250 rpm
BHP/Liter 94 bhp / liter
Power to weight ratio 0.32 bhp / kg
Top Speed N/A
0-60 mph Acceleration N/A
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