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Ferrari 412 by London Supercar Workshop

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If you were looking for a Ferrari in which to cart your stepladders, the London Supercar Workshop had the answer

Almost since they first went on sale, the 365 GT 2+2, 400i and 412 have been among Ferrari's least sought-after models, although their popularity has soared in recent years. Perhaps it's the Ferrari's ability to carry four people that offends so many enthusiasts, or maybe it's simply that the design of these two-door saloons isn't as exciting as most of Ferrari's other models. Whatever it is, London Supercar Workshop offered an interesting – and unique – take on the 412.

In 2014 the 412 was on the cusp of becoming something of a cult sleeper, and that's when London Supercar Workshop took a 1989 example and turned it into a pick-up. It was created by slicing off the 300mm rear section of the roof so that a three-foot load bay could be incorporated.

Despite its Rosso red finish, just in case the Ferrari ute didn't get enough attention, a shotgun scoop bonnet was fitted and the exhaust featured an adjustable valve so that onlookers' ears could be assaulted by the V12's wail.

The ultra-practical 412 was created to garner interest in the TV show Ultimate Wheels which was broadcast by the History Channel. The premise of the programme was that a high-end builder would drive around the posher parts of London, using the Ferrari as a work (prancing) horse.

Behind the two-seater cabin there was teak decking for the pick-up's load bay and incorporated in the build was a bespoke sound system to blast out music in the leafy suburbs of Kensington and Chelsea. Just in case the 412's 4.9-litre V12 didn't produce enough music on its own.

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