Would You Pay Over A Million Bucks For A Barely Driven Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta?

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…

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    • Dr Strangefinger

      Right on!

  • nastinupe

    Just saw this car get killed by the Lamborghini Huracán Performante which sells for 1/4 the price.

    • nikolas karelis

      and i saw perfomante get destroyed by gtr’s..whats your point?

      • nastinupe

        I highly doubt that… unless you’re talking about a modified GTR, which doesn’t really count. In that case I can show you a Civic that could beat a GTR.

      • alexxx

        He’s got no point

    • Vassilis

      It really doesn’t matter. The 458 Speciale has the best N/A production engine ever. That by itself is enough to make the car incredibly special.

      • nastinupe

        You’re right. It’s the same reason why I want the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 manual.

  • salamOOn

    N E V E R

  • SteersUright

    2017 just closed out. The Global 1% is on record for reaping close to 80% of the world’s economic gains for the year. No wonder $300k cars aren’t depreciating but facing bidding wars when other uses for their excess cash include: wiping butts, burning in fireplace to keep warm this cold winter, throwing down a street to watch the sheeple frenzy, etc.

    • roy

      And yet most people choose to ignore


    No. I’d never pay that much.

    • alexxx

      Of course you would… If you were millionaire

      • Gabriel Radewa Purba Tanjung

        No I dont.

      • LWOAP

        I’m not going to lose my common sense just because I have loads of money burning a hole in my pocket…….is what I will delude myself into believing as I buy a multiple cars I don’t need.

        • alexxx

          I guess we ll never know

  • GobbleUp

    Love the car but not at these inflated prices. Next recession I’ll pick one up as they touch $450.
    Currently you can get for $625 in USA.
    I bought a 15 458 spider to hold me over and have a Performante spider on order. That is one loud car!

  • donald seymour

    Yeah, if I smoked crack.

  • nastinupe

    I’m not a Ferrari guy, but didn’t they show that the 488 basically has the same performance as the 458 Speciale? I guess it’s because it’s naturally aspirated instead of turbo’d. I remember back in the 80’s and 90’s when turbos were cool. Now everyone pays a premium not to have them.

    • GobbleUp

      No the 488 beats the speciale in nearly all measures. One looks very good though.

      • nastinupe

        Well that’s what I mean. The 488 kind of eclipsed the 458 S so I don’t get the big deal. Just get a 488 and keep $650,000 in your wallet.

        • GobbleUp

          Very different characteristics these two cars. I don’t really care for the 488 engine and note but it’s much quicker. Some prefer the NA v8 wail. At these prices it’s more about emotion than pure performance. Like a 720s Mclaren….undisputed current sports car winner but super boring.

  • MarketAndChurch

    The only point of spending that much on this car is if you think you can turn a profit on it… somehow. Being overly overpriced as it is, that really eats into the margins of potential profit you could get from this. Down the road, I just don’t see this fetching twice its million dollar pricetag.

    With that kind of budget, I’d just get a new, regular ferrari 488, and a RWD manual porsche along with the Lambo Huracan Performante, and still have 350 grand left over to invest on other things.

  • Gabriel Radewa Purba Tanjung

    I am in love with this car! Especially the Aperta one. But with this price, I choose to buy a Lamborghini Performante.

  • Bash

    No thanks!

  • Vassilis

    I don’t think so but that engine… How much do the Coupes sell for?

    • Didn’t the Aperta is produced much less than Coupe? AFAIK 458 Speciale Coupe is around 320k GBP.

      • Vassilis

        I think they were yes. So, for 320K you get the same car, maybe even better. That’s much more like it.

  • 700 grand? Like how the hell they determined that price, it’s stupidly high.

  • Shahul Usman

    If I was a mult millionaire? probably…although I’d prefer the coupe.. love that engine.. I like the performante but think the Ferrari is better looking (subjective) and its a Ferrari.. (formula one fan here)

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