Eric Clapton is one of the world’s greatest blues guitarists. Ranked second in the Rolling Stones “100 Greatest Guitarists of All time,” he performed with the best and broke chart records with each passing album. However, what many people don’t know is that the ‘godlike’ Clapton is quite an avid car collector. Purchasing truly astonishing vehicles, it shouldn’t be surprising to hear him spending as much as £3 million for a one-off Ferrari.
Known to many as Slow Hand, the 66-year-old rocker has always indulged in the finer things in life. This brand new Ferrari 458 Italia was part of the company’s ‘special projects’ division. It was designed to reflect Clapton’s favorite car the 1970’s Ferrari 512, a vehicle that he crashed some time ago.
Daily Mail reporters have suggested that while the car doesn’t have an official name, it’s been registered as SP 12 EPC, standing for Special Projects followed by Eric’s own initials. Ferrari however has refused to divulge any more information about the car, citing client’s privilege. It was only through US Businessman James Glickenhaus that reporters have learned that the car may have cost as much as £3 million.
To put this into perspective, it is six times more expensive than the Enzo, Ferrari’s most expensive production car. It’s also triple the cost of the Bugatti Veyron, the fastest and most expensive production car in the world. While Clapton’s Ferrari certainly looks fantastic, it’s quite a bit of money for a custom vehicle.
Ferrari has however graced us with a few key figures. What we know is that it’s remarkably quick, coming with a V8 engine that accelerates from 0-62 mph in just 3.4 seconds. Reaching a speed of 202 mph, reporters have learned that it Clapton wanted a V12 engine fitted inside his car but Ferrari was incapable of adjusting the gearbox and suspension to comply with his needs.
Very few people have gotten a glimpse of this new car. Tim Burton, the editor of Shmee150.co.uk, was fortunate enough to have seen it and said that “it is fantastic to be fortunate enough to see a car that is this special, a unique one-of-one which carries incredible value.”
The Ferrari Special Project division only works with prized customers that have had a special relationship with the company in the past. As Eric has purchased countless Ferrari’s, and will certainly do so in the future, the company felt that it was an obvious choice to keep strong connection with the musician.
The absolutely astonishing guitarist began his career in his late teens after he was purchased a guitar for his birthday. Learning and expanding, Eric joined the legendary Yardbirds and later John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in the 1960’s where the developed his distinctive blues style. Joining the super group Cream he conquered the world, establishing himself on the rock stage. For the next 40 years he went on to have a successful career, ultimately amassing an estimated £120 million fortune.