* The Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 are part of a new Icona lineup.
* The cars evoke classic racing Ferraris of the past — and they’re priced for exclusivity, at nearly $2 million.
* They’re “barchetta” designs, with no windshields but with available Ferrari-branded carbon-fiber helmets.
Ferraris are already exclusive, but there are some Ferraris that are more exclusive than others.
The newest prancing horses to join the stable are the Icona Monza SP1 and SP2. Only 500 will be produced, and they’re set to priced around $1.75 million apiece.
The Monzas evoke Ferraris long, long history in racing. “The … SP1 and SP2 are inspired by barchettas of the 1950s which were driven to victory in international motor sport not just by official works team drivers from the Scuderia, but also by a legion of gentlemen drivers who, in those years, frequently found themselves wheel to wheel with legendary professional drivers of the era,” the Italian carmaker said last year when the due was revealed.
I recently had a chance to drop by Ferrari’s North American headquarters to check out the Monza SP1. Here’s how it went:
The Monza SP1 is a “barchetta” (“little boat” in Italian). You’ll need a helmet with a face-shield. Or goggles. Or some very fashionable sunglasses. Because the Monza has no top and no windshield.
The SP1 has a partner in style: the SP2, adding a seat. Both cars are Ferrari specials, and only 500 will be built, all based off customer specifications. Ferrari announced the cars last year.
Ferrari brought this impeccable example of the 750 Monza from 1955 (Shown below) to its North American HQ to celebrate the new Monza SP1 and SP2 — together they form the basis of … new Icona range. Icona cars will reside above exclusive versions of Ferrari’s main sports cars and GT cars, but below hypercars, such as the LaFerrari.
The updated Monza is both larger and vastly more powerful than the inspiration.
I hopped in and immediately felt like I had joined the cast of a science-fiction movie about a world in which classic Ferraris had all been gorgeously updated.
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