This has “long and drawn-out saga” written all over it
by Kirby Garlitos, on August 7, 2020, 07:00
Are you interested in a Ferrari 360 Moderna that’s not really a Ferrari 360 Modena anymore? If you are, then you might find this particular ride interesting…or perplexing, depending on what kind of mood you’re in as you’re reading this. This is a Ferrari 360 Modena limousine. There are no typos in that previous sentence. It really is a limousine, though it didn’t start as one. But that’s neither here nor there. What’s important is that it’s for sale in Australia, and you have the opportunity to buy it provided you’re willing to spend on it. But before you do, there is one caveat. Ferrari doesn’t take too kindly to its cars getting bastardized to this extent. The Italian automaker has been known to be litigious in circumstances like this, so before you plop down your hard-earned money for the 360 Modena limousine, you might want to make sure that everything about the car is on the up-and-up.
How did this Ferrari 360 Modena end up as a limousine?
To be clear, this Ferrari 360 Modena did not start as a limousine. Ferrari would never build such a monstrosity.
This 360 Modena started in standard form, and, more importantly, it was treated and driven like the supercar that it was for the first part of its life. Everything changed, though, in 2012 when it was bought from its original owner in the U.K. and promptly shipped to Australia where the two-door supercar was transformed into a full-blown stretch limousine.
The 360 Modena was cut in half and welded back together. The chassis, chassis extensions, and parts of the body were manufactured out of aluminum while the extended roof, side panels, and rear gullwing doors were made out of fiberglass to keep the car’s weight as light as possible. Needless to say, all that work turned the 360 Modena into a stretched oddity that looks nothing like a Ferrari.
Fortunately, all that work didn’t go to a complete waste. The interior of the stretched 360 Modena can now sit eight people and comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a stretched limousine. There are two TVs inside, an ear-popping audio system, colored lights, and, of course, a minibar. Can’t forget about the booze, people.
Power still comes from the 360 Modena’s 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V-8 engine that produces 400 horsepower, or at least it produced 400 horsepower back when it rolled out of the production line in 2003. There’s no word how much power that V-8 still packs, and with the added weight brought by the extended body, it’s impossible to imagine the limousine to still have the capability to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.
Source: Car Sales