That’s more than double the original estimate.
To celebrate the automaker’s 70th anniversary, last year Ferrari launched a limited series of custom supercars at the Paris Motor Show, including a one-of-a-kind 488 finished in a unique ‘Green Jewel’ livery inspired by British racing driver David Piper’s legendary 356 P2 that won the Kyalami 9 Hours race in 1965 and 1966. The special edition supercar recently went under the hammer at the recent RM Sotheby Leggenda e Passione auction held at Ferrari’s headquarters, where it sold for a staggering $1.3 million.
Granted, that figure may not be as astronomical as the last ever LaFerrari Aperta which sold for nearly $10 million at the same event, but it smashed RM Southeby’s original estimate. Before it went under the hammer, the auction house estimated that the special edition 488 supercar would sell for around $381,330 to $452,820, but the final value was more than double the original estimate. As well as its striking, race-inspired green livery, this one-of-a-kind Ferrari 488 is distinguished by a two-tone red and black leather interior, gold wheels, and the number 25 stamped on the side. Apart from these flourishes, this is still a completely stock 488 Spider powered by a 3.9-liter V8 producing 660 horsepower.
This allows the 488 Spider to sprint from 0-62 mph in around three seconds and reach a top speed of 205 mph. After its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, it appeared at the Shanghai Auto Show and the Finals in the same year. Since it’s never been publicly owned, only a paltry delivery mileage has been racked up. Combine the car's pristine condition with its rarity as a collectors car commemorating Ferrari's 70th anniversary, and you can begin to understand why someone was prepared to spend over a million bucks to secure this unique 488.