Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a Ferrari made specially for you. Maranello’s latest addition to its One-Off programme, the SP38, follows in the footsteps of the SP 275 rw competizione and the 458 MM Speciale, and is the first in the programme to be based on the 488 GTB.

The car was built for one of the company’s “most dedicated customers,” and the result is a svelte, yet powerful design that’s very different from the donor car’s, and one that draws heavily from Ferrari’s storied past. Let’s start at the front of the car, where the low, tapered nose gives the car a poised, potent look.

Adding to that look are the bespoke headlights, which are inset into the bodywork and have been designed to be as slim as possible. This necessitated the repositioning of the daytime running lights, which are required by law – these now line the slim 308 GTB-esque bumper lip.

Moving to the side, the wedge design is evident in the beltline that sweeps downwards towards the front of the car, while the swollen rear haunches accentuate the visual mass at the back. The prominent air intakes for the twin-turbo V8’s intercoolers have been hidden away, tucked underneath the part of the bodywork that folds in on itself over the C-pillars – further emphasising the rear volume.

Drawing inspiration from the venerable F40 is the flip-up rear clamshell, which loses its glass window and instead gains slats that allows engine heat to escape. Also reminiscent of the F40 is the integrated rear spoiler – here, it sweeps downwards into the diffuser to frame the tail end, which holds a pair of tailpipes and the signature quad round tail lights. Lastly, the interior is fully decked out in bespoke Tailor Made trim.

No changes to the running gear, so the biturbo V8 is the same 3.9 litre unit from the 488 GTB, making 670 PS at 8,000 rpm and 760 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. Zero to 100 km/h is accomplished in three seconds flat, and it goes on to 200 km/h in just 8.3 seconds before hitting a top speed north of 330 km/h. The SP38 will be displayed at the upcoming Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este this Saturday, May 26.