Ferrari 599 GTB 60F1 Alonso
In 2004, Ferrari entered a new era in styling with the mid-engined F430 and followed that success with the front-engined 599GTB in 2006. Dramatic, aggressive and beautiful, the 599’s styling was some of the most harmonious in a front-engined Ferrari since the Daytona, redefining the ideal with a sharply defined shape and organically sculpted details. The cabin’s pronounced rearward placement allowed the 599 GTB’s naturally aspirated, fuel-injected 6.0L/611 HP V-12 to be positioned far back in the car’s chassis, resulting in excellent front-rear balance. The optional F1-Superfast 6-speed transmission was designed to shift in as little as 100 milliseconds, approaching actual F1 levels. The 599 GTB could launch from 0 to 60 MPH in 3.7 seconds and continue accelerating hard up to 205 MPH. Like the Maranello that preceded it, the 599 GTB’s electronically controlled adjustable suspension could be programmed for various driving conditions, but response time was increased almost fourfold with the switch from electric motors to magnetorheological shock absorbers. The 599’s interior was voluptuously sculpted and covered in leather and carbon fiber, with seats that were clearly inspired by those of the Daytona.
In December 2011, Ferrari announced a special-edition 599 GTB to celebrate 60 years of F1 wins. Endowed with the HGTE-model’s tougher suspension, shorter springs and stiffer anti-roll bars, the Alonso Edition, named after then-Ferrari F1 driver Fernando Alonso, was distinguished by special Tricolore paint, unique 20-inch diameter diamond-finished alloy wheels, Scuderia Ferrari badging and a unique interior treatment with Alcantara-covered Recaro seats with Red stitching and Prancing Horse headrest embroidery. One of approximately 40 produced, this Alonso Final Edition combines all those features with rare Rosso F1 Storico paint, carbon ceramic brakes, rear parking sensors, special carbon-fiber interior trim, power seats and a Bose sound system. This 2011 Ferrari 599 GTB 60 F1 Alonso Final Edition is one of the nicest examples of its kind and is a must-have masterpiece for any collection.
Source: Mecum Auctions press