That didn’t take long.
Well that didn't take long. Last week, a one-off Pagani Zonda Riviera became the most expensive Zonda to ever sell at auction, selling for a whopping $5,885,000 at recent auction. That record didn't last long, however, because another one-off Zonda has already beaten it. At a recent RM Sotheby's auction in Abu Dhabi, a rare-one off 2017 Pagani Zonda Aether, sold for a staggering $6,812,000, smashing the current record for the model at auction.
Named after the pure air high above the clouds, the Aether is one of the visually striking Zondas ever made thanks to its exposed carbon body and contrasting red accents adorning the front and side.
A carbon-fiber roof scoop and the air intakes on the rear arches are inspired by the Zonda Cinque, while the green push-button starter is borrowed from the Zonda R.
The one-off Zonda Aether is fitted with the full '760'-specification 7.3-liter V12 engine producing 749 horsepower at 8,000 rpm. Unlike most Zondas fitted with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox with paddle shifters, the Zonda Aether sends power through a six-speed manual transmission, just to make the one-off supercar even more desirable. It should sound incredible too, thanks to its ceramic-coated quad exhaust.
This wasn't the only expensive exotic that was sold at the Abu Dhabi auction, either. Michael Schumacher's championship-winning 2002 Ferrari F2002 sold for a final $6,643,750, making it the second most valuable Formula1 car ever sold at auction, second only to the Schumacher Ferrari F2001 which RM Sotheby's sold for $7,500,000 in 2017.
A 2015 Ferrari FXX K, the first of its kind ever offered at auction, also sold for $4,281,250 and a 1982 Ferrari 126 C2 raced to victory by Patrick Tambay at the 1982 German Grand Prix and driven to pole position and 3rd place by Mario Andretti at the Italian Grand Prix fetched $2,143,750.