The proceeds from the auction will go to an Italian charity called Daybreak that raises money to find a cure for rare genetic diseases. Finished in bright yellow with blue and white stripes, the very first 458 Speciale Aperta will remain in the United States but Ferrari has not disclosed the identity of the highest bidder.
Introduced two weeks ago at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the limited-edition 458 Speciale Aperta is billed as one of the most aerodynamic Ferraris ever built. It is powered by a mid-mounted 4.5-liter V8 engine that makes 605 horsepower at 9,000 rpms and 398 lb-ft. of torque at 6,000 rpms. The convertible reaches 62 mph from a stop in three seconds flat, 0.4 seconds less than a stock 458 Spider on which it is based.
Ferrari will build just 499 examples of the 458 Speciale Aperta. The car hasn’t been priced yet, but $900,000 is likely over twice what it will cost when it goes on sale as a 2015 model.
Selling the first example of high-profile cars has become a tradition at Fiat – Chrysler. Last month, a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat wearing VIN number 0001 sold for $825,000 at an auction organized by Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas, Nevada. The proceeds were immediately donated to a Charity Village.
Photos by Ronan Glon.