Four-seater Ferraris tend to live long lives on sale, but fade rapidly from the memory. A classic example is the 612 Scaglietti, which debuted just 15 years ago and lasted until 2011. Yet it has been pretty much forgotten about already. This Ferrari 612 Shooting Brake, though, should bring it make to prominence.
The 612 Scaglietti was and still is a very fine car. Power comes from a 5.7-litre V12 pumping out 533hp and 434lb/ft of torque. Along with a rich, operatic soundtrack.
It’s an enormous thing, nearly five metres long and weighing not far shy of two tons. But it’s still immensely fast, with a 0-62mph time of around four seconds and a top speed of 199mph.
It was also monstrously expensive, at over £200,000. And, as is always the with V12 four-seater Ferraris, depreciation has been ferocious. You can now pick up a decent one for less than £60,000.
The saloon-shaped 612 was replaced by the FF shooting brake. Three years earlier, Dutch outfit Vandenbrink Design had shown its designs for a 612-based shooting brake. Did they inspire Ferrari? We’ll probably never know.
Anyway, its taken quite a long time, but Vandenbrink’s 612 shooting brake concept has now been realised and here it is in these pictures.
To create it, the rear section of the 612’s roof has been cut off and a new, estate-shaped section grafted in. Cleverly, the roof holds a pair of skylights over the rear seats, to make up for the gigantic, light-blocking C-pillars.
Custom rear quarter windows have been made, along with a proper tailgate incorporating a heated rear window and a vestigial spoiler.
With that huge C-pillar, this looks a bit more breadvan than shooting brake. But we still think it’s a well-integrated, cohesive design.
The example you see was commissioned by Maurik van den Heuvel, proprietor of Dutch car dealer Classic Youngtimers and sales agent for the Vandenbrink 612. A limited series will be available to “visionary and knowledgeable customers with a passion for the underlying automotive quality, aesthetic excellence and historical significance.”
This car, based on a 2005 612 with less than 30,000km on the clock, is on sale for EUR 300,000. Which is about the list price of Ferrari’s latest shooting brake, the GTC4 Lusso. Which is much more common and will depreciate like an anvil falling off a cliff.
We know where we’d put our money.
By Graham King