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by Tim Beissmann

A one-of-a-kind $275,000 Ferrari will debut at the 2011 Melbourne Grand Prix on March 27, but it’s probably not exactly what you have in mind.

According to the Italian supercar manufacturer, The Official Ferrari Opus is the most lavish and most valuable historical reference Ferrari has ever produced.

With 852 pages containing 200,000 words and more than 2000 images, the 50cm by 50cm Opus weighs 37kg and includes records, stories and interviews never before published.

The content for The Official Ferrari Opus has been gathered from around the world, and promises to be much more than a simple history of the brand and its road and racing cars.

Among the highlights are:

  • Gatefold pictures that open out to two metres long
  • Picture collages created by Piero Ferrari’s father
  • Personal insights into Enzo Ferrari and Luca di Montezemolo
  • Details of every car Ferrari has ever produced
  • A stage-by-stage tour of the ‘Maranello dream factory’
  • An investigation into the Ferrari X-factor

The Opus at the Australian Grand Prix will be the ultimate ‘Enzo Diamante’ edition, of which only one will be sold in Australia. It features a diamond-encrusted Prancing Horse made of more than 30 carats of diamonds, laid out on a handcrafted red leather cover.

Each Enzo Diamante owner around the world will go into the draw to win a Ferrari F1 car.

The creative advisor behind the Opus, Antonio Ghini, said the exclusive Ferrari is worth every penny.

“Opus is not a book; it’s a concerto,” Mr Ghini said. “A triumphant opera whose score is made up of cars, technology, history and achievements, and whose heroes will live on forever.”

“Opus, like Ferrari, is a unique experience.”

If $275,000 is slightly above your price range, however, Ferrari is producing three other limited editions: the $34,925 Enzo (400 copies), the $6545 Cavallino Rampante (500 copies) and the $3520 Classic (4100 copies).

The first copy of The Official Ferrari Opus will travel the world to be signed by motoring and motorsport legends. It will start in Melbourne and follow the Grand Prix circuit before being auctioned in Maranello, with all proceeds going to charity.