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Country of origin:Italy
Produced from:2017 - 2020
Numbers built:9 (All versions)
Designed by:Zagato
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:February 11, 2021
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Click here to download printer friendly versionEven though Zagato originally only bodied a handful of Ferraris during the 1950s and 1960s, the Milanese company have used Ferraris as a canvas a lot more since the mid-2000s. The first two of these were commissioned by a Japanese collector and based on a 575M Maranello. Since then several more were built and shown at events around the world. Its successor, dubbed the 'Nibbio' and based on the subsequent 599 GTB was a far more secretive project.

As with the 575M based models, the nine 599 GTZ Nibbios were built on existing cars during the second half of the 2010s. By that time, the 599 GTB had already been out of production for a couple of years. The design used is a further evolution of the Zagato design language used throughout the 2010s. The nose is dominated by three oval shaped intakes, while the rest of the car features several subtle references to Zagato's trademark double-bubble roof.

While none of the original body panels were retained, the Ferrari underpinnings were carried over from the 599 GTB. That means the Nibbio is powered by a six-litre naturally aspirated V12 that produces well over 600 bhp. Ferrari offered the 599 GTB with the familiar 'F1' paddle operated gearbox but a six-speed manual was also still available.

The Nibbio name was reportedly the actual name of the prancing horse that Enzo Ferrari originally based his company's badge on. Of the nine examples due to be built, two were initially planned to be finished as Spyders but we now understood there were six open Nibbios constructed by Zagato. Each example was built to custom order, so no two are the same. Only one, a Coupe, was based on a 599 GTB with a manual gearbox.

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