'Bargain' $3.5mil LaFerrari hyper car sells cheap for good reason
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The McLaren P1, Porsche 918, and Ferrari LaFerrari (still a shocking name for a car) together form the new 'holy trinity' of modern mega-speed motoring.
They each spit out incredible performance figures, and they each have their own distinct mannerisms. The P1 is the thunderous brute, the 918 is the king of brisk efficiency, and the Ferrari is ... well ... a Ferrari.
Their joint rise to fame has seen the values of all three on the second-hand market remain quite high, which makes this particular LaFerrari (yes, the one in the glossy attached car-show photos, chassis No. 194925) that sold at RM Sotheby's auction over the weekend rather strange...
After being valued at €1.2million (that's NZ$1.9million) it sold for €2.1million (NZ$3.5million). That sounds like plenty, but remember that these cars tend to sell for much much more — like €8.3million (NZ$13.7million!!) in the case of the LaFerrari Aperta we recently featured, which was auctioned off for charity over the weekend.
So, why's it so cheap? Because the owner isn't allowed to drive it.
Well, let me rephrase that. They can drive it, they're just not allowed to drive it on public roads because the car is a prototype. In particular, this car hasn't been homologated for road usage at all, and can't be registered either. Ferrari even recommend that the buyer use the car for 'static display' only, as part of RM Sotheby's write-up on the car.
Obviously, this was one of the first LaFerraris the company built. It was crafted in late 2012, and was used at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show as part of Ferrari's grand reveal (hence these images). The Italian marque also used this car for some of their pre-show promotional work.
Nonetheless, the 'undriveable' LaFerrari still fetched a substantial amount of coin. One can only hope that the owner takes it for a few cheeky drives every now and again.