Unbuilt LaFerrari Aperta boosts Save The Children coffers
A special edition LaFerrari Aperta, that is yet to be built, is now the most expensive car built in the 21st century.
The car sold for a staggering NZ$15 million - all of which goes to Save The Children fund - at auction in Maranello, Italy, at the weekend in an event marking the Prancing Horse's 70th anniversary celebrations. The money is tagged for educational projects in Asia and Africa.
The figure is a new record for a 21st century car. The previous record of NZ$9.7m was set December 2016 at Daytona in the US by an exclusive LaFerrari, which went under the hammer to raise funds for earthquake victims in central Italy.
The LaFerrari Aperta auctioned at the weekend - when it is built - will be a special extra addition to the initial 209 cars in this limited-edition special series. It will come with a unique metallic Rosso Fuoco livery and a double metallic Biano Italia racing stripe on its bonnet and tail.
Bidding began at NZ$8m which was NZ$1.6m above the car's high pre-auction estimate with a dozen prospective buyers chasing the vehicle. The buyer - whose identity was not revealed - saw nothing but a digital mockup of the finished product before making the purchase.
Another high profile sale at the same auction was the one-off road-going aluminium-bodied 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta rediscovered in a Japanese hayloft, which changed hands for NZ$3.2m.
According to the auction house, this is the 30th of just over 1200 Ferrari Daytonas ever built. This particular car was found stowed away in Japan, having sat collecting dust and dirt for nearly 40 years. While five aluminum-bodied Daytonas were built for racing, this is the only known street car with aluminum body panels. According to an evaluator, the engine and transaxle are both numbers matching. The odometer reads 36,390 kilometres.
The price for the Daytona was dwarfed by the NZ$12.9m paid for a California 250 GT SWB and the NZ$7.7m paid for a 1958 250 GT Cabriolet Series I.