The remaining 498 units will likely come priced closer to the $300,000 mark.
It has seemingly become tradition for carmakers to auction off the first model of a new car in the name of charity, and Ferrari is the latest to follow this trend with its 458 Speciale Aperta. Only 499 units are planned for production, and the first of these managed to fetch $900,000 in auction with the money raised to benefit the American arm of “Daybreak,” a charity that undertakes research to find cures for rare genetic diseases.
The auction took place over the weekend during Ferrari’s 60th anniversary in the US celebrations with David Gooding conducting the sale. Finished in triple-layer yellow with a Blue Nart and Bianco Avus stripe, the first 458 Speciale A – dubbed “the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever" – sits on five-spoke forged Grigio Corsa alloys and is ready to sprint to sixty in three seconds dead.