When Ferrari announced the LaFerrari, only 499 coupes were planned to be built. This weekend though, a unique LaFerrari — the 500th — will head to a very special auction. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the reconstruction of central Italy after the region was hit by a deadly earthquake in August that took the lives of 299 people.
Ferrari and RM Sotheby’s have partnered to auction the LaFerrari Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Ferrari Finali Mondiali weekend at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. According to Sotheby’s, it should take approximately one hour for someone to spend a few million buying the Italian hypercar.
“It is an honor 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 auction will be a historic event, and the generosity of Ferrari SpA will change lives in the areas most affected by the natural disaster.”
Ferrari created the car as a gift to Italy with a one-of-a-kind livery and interior. It will wear a special plaque to commemorate the occasion. What that interior and exterior will look like is unknown. Power still comes from the 6.3-liter V12 engine, coupled with an electric motor, which is good for 949 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is 218 mph.
Cars that head to charity auction often command prices far above average, and the 500th Ferrari LaFerrari will likely blow past its $1.4 million MSRP. If you can’t make it to Daytona for the auction, RM Sotheby’s is offering telephone and absentee bidding.