Although Ferrari is well-known for their excellent V12-powered vehicles — recent amazing examples have included the 550 Maranello, the 812 Superfast, the F12 Berlinetta and many more — Ferrari doesn’t tend to make convertible versions of these cars. Instead, if a V12-powered convertible is made, it’s an ultra-limited-production model like the 550 Barchetta or the 575M Superamerica — cars most people will never even see, let alone drive or own, given their stratospheric values.
Of all the cars I’m sad Ferrari didn’t “convertible-ize,” probably the biggest disappointment is the Testarossa. You can see an example of an aftermarket Testarossa convertible conversion above, of which there are many — mostly because the market did really want such a thing. But Ferrari didn’t seem to want to be a part of it — and even though Ferrari made the Testarossa and its variants for something like 15 years, a convertible version never came.
I always thought this was sad for a few reasons. One, because a convertible is the best way to enjoy a 12-cylinder car, as the top-down driving experience means you can fully hear the glorious engine behind you. Two, because of the obvious market demand — and the fact that these drop-top Testarossa models would still be highly appreciated today. And three, because a Testarossa convertible actually looks really nice. The aftermarket companies that created them did a surprisingly good job, and it’s a gorgeous design that lends itself well to a removable roof.
Unfortunately, to this day, Ferrari carries on the tradition of not really offering droptop V12 models, except to the select few — and, to this day, certain specialty shops offer to modify Ferrari V12 coupe models and turn them into convertibles. It’s a business Ferrari should’ve entered a long time ago — starting with the Testarossa.
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