The Ferrari LaFerrari is odd. The Ferrai of the 2010s was a worthy halo car that ushered in the company's hybrid era. It also failed to distinguish itself from its contemporaries, the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918, as the F40 did when this Ferrari halo line began in the late '80s. It's a car that belongs in a museum but isn't quite on the museum's brochure. While that doesn't make the LaFerrari a unicorn, it does make every private sale newsworthy.
This LaFerrari will be auctioned in November. Every one of the 499 LaFerraris is unique, but this one is the only one ordered in Vinaccia, a wine-like purple. The exterior color and the interior Pelle Chiodi di Garofano (brown) are both from the original owner's collection.
The V-12 and F1-derived hybrid system combined to produce just under 950 horsepower. Those figures were high for Ferrari at the time, and the car went from 0-60 mph in 2.4 seconds and a quarter-mile in 10. The LaFerrari's KERS energy recovery unit, according to CarBibles, costs around $200,000. And that's before a difficult installation.
LaFerraris were only available to high-level Ferrari buyers new, so a car like this with under 1000 miles represents an extremely rare opportunity for the open market. The few cars sold at auction have already topped $5 million, including the record-breaking sale of the last LaFerrari Aptera in 2017. Since then, the collector-car market has exploded. While this car could easily sell for less than $5 million, the conditions are right for it to break the LaFerrari's own record for the highest-ever auction sale of a 21st-century car.
In London next month, RM Sotheby's will sell the 2016 LaFerrari. You may not find a better investment in a collectible car for seven to eight figures.
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