After a limited production of just 499 cars, Ferrari built one final masterpiece to help benefit the earthquake victims of Italy. Last weekend on Dec. 3, the exclusive auction of chassis number 500 took place during the Ferrari Finali Mondiali event at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The Ferrari LaFerrari is arguably one of the best cars to have ever come out of Maranello, and they were so proud of it they literally called it, The Ferrari. The hybrid hypercar features the most powerful engine Ferrari has ever built, a 6.3-litre V12 with an electric motor combining for a massive 949hp.
Although nothing has changed regarding the performance, this isn’t just any ordinary LaFerrari, as if LaFerraris were by any means ordinary to begin with. The car set for auction which is pictured above, boasts a “one-of-a-kind” livery and interior, that also includes a special plaque to commemorate the occasion.
Ferrari partnered with RM Sotheby’s in collaboration with the National Italian American Foundation’s Earthquake Relief Fund in order to auction off the car.
“It is an honour for RM Sotheby’s to be entrusted with the sale of this important car and to help raise significant funds for a desperate cause,” said Rob Myers, CEO and Chairman of RM Sotheby’s. “The earthquakes which have struck central Italy this year devastated the lives of thousands of people, and the money raised by the sale of this LaFerrari could not be put to a better use. The auction will be an historic event, and the generosity of Ferrari SpA will change lives in the areas most affected by the natural disaster.”
When the LaFerrari first came out, if you were lucky enough to be chosen to buy one, you would have paid well over $1 million (US). At a recent auction earlier this year, one went for close to $5 million. The only thing guaranteed last weekend was that someone would be writing a cheque for a fantastic cause.
In the end, the car sold for a reported $7 million (US) ($9.3 million Cdn). Ferrari claims this was the highest price ever paid at auction for a 21st-century car. The name of the buyer has not yet been released.