The very rich, as F. Scott Fitzgerald puts it in the opening of The Great Gatsby, are very different from you and me. For example, they can triple their money in a short amount of time just by investing in a supercar, such as this Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta.
Following the steps of the 360 Stradale and F430 Scuderia, the Speciale was meant to be an even more hardcore version of Maranello’s mid-engined supercar. And that it surely did, as it boasted a number of modifications and, more importantly, a naturally aspirated 4.5-liter V8 that put out no less than 605 PS (597 HP) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque.
This firepower was enough for the Speciale to get to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3 seconds flat and hit a maximum speed of 325 km/h (202 mph). Plus, the car really handled and, of course, sounded magnificent.
Not content with the Coupe, Ferrari also built an open-top version of the Speciale, named the SpecialeA, where the A stands for Aperta. Everything, but the chopped roof, was basically the same, except for the 50kg increase in weight due to reinforcements that were supposed to make up for the loss in structural rigidity.
Now, with 499 examples built, the 458 Speciale A is a rare animal, but if you’re in the market for one, it’s not that difficult to find one – or five…
The example you’re seeing here, though, is even rarer than the rest. That’s because, despite being a 2015 model, it has just 57 miles (91 km) on its odo, which means that it’s basically brand-new and barely driven.
The base price back then was £228,682, which seemed fair enough for such a unique Italian exotic. Listed at AutoTrader and sold by Amari, this RHD SpecialeA sells for £719,994 – which, at today’s exchange rate, is more than a million U.S. dollars ($1,019,280 to be exact) and triple the amount the original owner paid for it.
It sports Ferrari’s traditional Rosso Corsa color and a tricolore stripe, while the cabin is finished in Alcantara with red stitching. An alluring combination, surely, plus it’s the last N/A V8 to come out of Ferrari after the Italian company turned to turbocharging for the 458’s successor and it has barely been driven. But is it really worth more than a million bucks? Can’t really answer that question – like we said in the beginning, the very rich are different to the rest of us…