Ferrari 412 is reborn
One of Ferrari’s less renowned models has been re-envisaged as a modern-day classic.
Italian coachbuilder Ares Design, responsible for creating a two-door version of the Bentley Mulsanne earlier this year, has now turned its attention to fellow country car builder Ferrari.
Using the newest GTC4Lusso as a base, Ares Design has recreated the 1980s not-a-cult-classic 412 in a surprisingly stunning piece of resto-mod rolling art called, Project Pony.
Not the prized piece to many collections, the original Ferrari 412 was the culmination of the marque’s dabble with V12 grand touring cars from the 1970s to ‘80s and the name was born from the displacement of a single cylinder found in the front-mounted 5.0-litre V12 engine that produced around 250kW of power.
Fittingly, the GTC4Lusso also employs a naturally-aspirated V12 but which has grown to 6.2-litres in capacity and produces 449kW and 760Nm of torque.
But otherwise the GCT4Lusso has been chopped and changed from its original appearance, with every panel replaced by custom-designed carbon-fibre pieces that mimic essential curves from the original, such as the pointed pop-up headlight nose and upward-raked rear diffuser. The only parts that do carry over outside are the side vents, door handle and round taillights.
Inside, the interior has been replaced, removing the curved dash and console parts with squared-off styling that pays homage to the original and the flat-bottom steering wheel has been replaced with a circular item. The two plus two seating configuration keeps in-line with what the 412 offered from factory and the automatic transmission is a somewhat unavoidable tribute to the car that introduced – and proved how successful it could be – an automatic transmission to Ferrari.
Available in limited quantities as part of the Ares Design Reborn Legends lineup, the 412 is priced at over $1.1 million and is far beyond what an original will cost.
Alex Rae is Drive’s Melbourne based reporter with over 10 years’ experience in the automotive industry as a photographer and journalist. Having studied both engineering and the arts, Alex understands what makes things tick while appreciating that sometimes it’s all about form over matter…