RM Sotheby’s has sold the final LaFerrari Aperta at the Ferrari 70th anniversary auction for €8.3m in Maranello.
As part of Ferrari’s 70th anniversary celebrations, RM Sotheby’s hosted a sale of the company’s significant models at the Maranello factory, and it was here that a LaFerrari Aperta just sold for €8.3m – a record for any 21st century car sold at auction.
Offered as the final lot of the day, this Aperta is to be the final of 210 roofless LaFerraris built, and when it is finished will feature a one-off Rosso Fuoco paint job with a metallic Bianco Italia double racing stripe on the bonnet and rear deck – making it unique. The entire €8.3m bid will be donated to Save the Children.
and following Aperta were only originally offered to a very select few collectors, making this example the only one offered for public auction. This year's sale has eclipsed the similar charity auction of the hard top LaFerrari at the end of 2016, which raised $9.3m to benefit the victims of earthquakes.
As well as the last-of-the-line, Ferrari offered the very first. The prototype LaFerrari, which is not registered for road use, sold for €1.8m.
Other significant cars at the Ferrari 70 auction
It wasn’t all about the modern machinery of course, and the sale hosted a number of significant cars from the entirety of Ferrari’s 70-year past. Here are some of the highlights:
Ferrari 288 GTO – €3,263,000
The Ferrari 288 GTO is a seriously collectible machine today, and this extremely low-mileage example just sold for €3.26m. RM said it was arguably one of the best preserved example in the world, and with 729km on the clock is virtually unused. Believed to be one of 19 ‘lightweight’ examples ordered without a radio or electric windows, this car was driven sparingly by its first two US owners, until it was bought by the seller in 1993.
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona ‘Alloy’ – €1,807,000
It seems the world loves a barn find, and this auction offered something very special. Discovered recently in Japan after being hidden away for almost 40 years, this is the only road-going alloy-bodied Ferrari Daytona – produced in addition to the five alloy competition cars. It was offered in ‘as found’ condition.
Ferrari Enzo – €2,311,000
With only 22,800km and two owners from new, this Nero over Nero Enzo sold for €2.3m. It spent most of its time in Germany, and has been regularly serviced by Eberlein Automobile, the official Ferrari dealership of Kassel.
Ferrari 550 Sperimentale – €287,500
It’s unusual for prototype vehicles to leave factory ownership, but this 550 Sperimentale was originally sold by the factory ten years ago. As a factory development car for the 550 and 575M, it has many unique features that were used to test viability – such as the side-mounted exhaust. The Sperimentale is also 200mm longer than the standard road cars.
Ferrari 812 Superfast wind tunnel model – €600,000
This half scale model, weighing 200kg, was used for wind tunnel testing of the latest Ferrari 812 Superfast. The ultimate piece of garage furniture?
All images: RM Sotheby's and Ferrari S.p.A.