The dream of a collector and the mastery of a great coachbuilder have come together to write a new chapter in the history of Ferrari specials. The result is the P4/5, a one-off built by Pininfarina for the American James Glickenhaus and unveiled this summer at Pebble Beach.
Based on the mechanicals of a Ferrari Enzo provided to Pininfarina by Glickenhaus, the P4/5 was designed at the Cambiano style centre and fabricated at the Special Projects Division of the Turin based company. Silvia Baruffaldi met Chairman Andrea Pininfarina, and the Director of the Special Projects Division, Paolo Garella, to review with the former exactly what the project means, with the latter, its material execution. “The Ferrari P4/5 project”, explains Pininfarina, “together with the 612 Scaglietti for Peter Kalikov, confirms our intentions to start offering these special cars again, in response to specific requests for a number of our projects and, in particular the Birdcage 75th, which has had a truly explosive response in making enthusiasts desire this sort of car”.
To explain to them exactly how he wanted his Ferrari Enzo transformed into an exclusive special, Jim Glickenhaus actually sent a real Ferrari P3/4 from his own private collection to the design centre in Cambiano. “To recreate a car of that type was his dream. It was our task to interpret it”, says Garella. “Many would have just made do with a replica, but we wanted to give it that added value of formal beauty created to last in time, typical of our creations. The P4/5 is the only Ferrari of its kind in the world and, even though it does incorporate traits from historic models, its design is exclusive, as was once the case for all specials”.
The article continues in Auto & Design no. 160