Ferrari LaFerrari Prototypes Up For Grabs

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Three LaFerrari prototypes will be auctioned at Monterey Car Week.

Are you the lucky owner of a Ferrari LaFerrari and a LaFerrari Aperta? Mecum Auctions will allow you to extend that impressive collection even further at the upcoming Monterey 2022 auction.

Prototypes are commonly used as test mules for new technology, and then they're crushed. Ferrari saved three prototypes from escaping that fate. Each car represents a different phase of the LaFerrari's three-year on-road development program.

It's unknown why Ferrari saved these three cars from the crusher, but if we had to guess, it's likely because the LaFerrari represented a significant turning point for the brand. It was Ferrari's first-ever hybrid, and each car represents a considerable leap forward.

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The First-Phase Emissions Development Car is based on the 458 Italia platform. It's equipped with the first version of the V12 hybrid powertrain and served as a prototype car from 2011 to 2012.

This first-phase car is unique because it uses a 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V12 instead of the 6.3-liter V12 eventually used in the production car. It does have all of the hybrid components which it needed for the purposes it was built for. Internally known as the F150 Muletto M4, this car was built to test all the emissions parameters.

The F150 Muletto M4 is finished in matte black paint and comes with black leather seats and carbon fiber dash trim. You get Ferrari Classiche Certification, but the car can't be registered for public road use.

It was sold by RM Sotheby's earlier this year, and now it's looking for a new owner.

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The Second-Phase Mechanical Development Car was for the LaFerrari. It may look like another 458, but the F150 Mulotipo MP1 rides on a pre-production platform based on the final layout designed by Ferrari's engineers.

It's equipped with the bored-out 6.3-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine, all of the hybrid components, plus a prototype version of the hybrid HY-KERS system.

The F150 Mulotipo MP1 was in service between March 2012 and August 2013, and during that time, the test drivers put 22,500 miles on the clock. It was used to refine the integration of the various mechanical systems to get the car ready for production.

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The Third-Phase Pre-Series Illustrator was the final pre-production car, internally known as the F150 Prototipe Preserie PS1. It is identical to the finished product, right down to the active aerodynamics and the staggered 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels.

This is as close as you can get to a LaFerrari, which is worth roughly $5 million these days.

The F150 Prototipe Preserie PS1 is finished in matte black and Rosso Corso, and it only has 10,000 miles on it. The interior boasts red leather seats with black piping and carbon fiber inserts. Like the other two, it can't be registered for road use.

The three cars will be sold separately, but we wouldn't be surprised if one collector snaps them all up.

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