To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Monterey
event, 15 - 17 August 2019.
$225,000 - $275,000
- Offered from the Ming Collection
- Special-ordered new by the collection
- Includes owner's manuals, tools, and accessories
- Preserved in climate-controlled collection
- Showing only 409 miles
The heir to Maranello's rear mid-mounted V-8 engine crown debuted
at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 458 Italia's performance was
as serious as its Frankfurt Messe underpinnings, and yet its
dramatic design was nothing short of Italian.
Under a glass panel behind the passenger compartment sat an
upgraded version of the F136 V-8 that had debuted in the car's F430
predecessor. With direct injection now fitted for the first time in
a mid-engined car with the prancing horse affixed to its nose, the
engine was rated at a compelling 562 horsepower in its initial
guise. A rapid-shifting seven-speed Getrag dual-clutch transmission
hurtled power to the rear wheels. Remarkably, the 458 was the first
mid-engine Ferrari not designed for a manual transmission, a clear
step into a new direction for Ferrari. The gearbox was shared with
the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, though the two automakers worked with
Getrag for bespoke tuning.
Magnetic dampers cushioned the ride when needed and firmed up for
high-performance, track-day sprints. The brakes brought things to a
halt quickly, thanks to an innovative system that moved the pistons
into the calipers as soon as the driver lifted off the gas pedal in
an effort to pre-charge the system. From 60 mph, the 458 would come
to a halt in just 80 feet.
The 458 Italia's design was, of course, handled by Pininfarina,
with oversight provided by Donato Coco. Special winglets
incorporated into the front grille split the air more efficiently
while providing a remarkably elegant touch.
It took two years for Ferrari to unveil the 458 Spider, again at
the Frankfurt salon. The wait was worthwhile the minute the
automaker undraped the car under the bright lights. Ferrari and
Pininfarina logged many hours in a wind tunnel to hone the car's
shape, and it had a taller rear spoiler and different bumpers than
the berlinetta. Special-forged wheels and vents in the front hood
were also included.
The 458 Spider offered here was assembled in January 2013 after
being special-ordered by the Ming Collection. It was extensively
optioned, with the original MSRP approaching $413,000, and is
finished in Rosso Corsa over a black leather interior with red
Alcantara seat inserts. The car was delivered on 13 March 2013,
just two months after the completion of assembly and testing in
Maranello, and has been obsessively maintained since. Unlike most
cars in the collection, this one was subsequently tailored
specifically to the owner's tastes. Novitec lowering springs were
fitted, along with Capistro wheel spacers and titanium lug nuts. An
Akraprovic exhaust allows the V-8 to sing the sweetest melodies,
while a custom bypass switch in the center console lets one change
between soft rock and hardcore tunes. Capistro carbon fiber bits
adorn its engine bay, including the glass panel lid itself. An
Escort iX Ci radar housed in a custom carbon-fiber enclosure on the
dashboard completes its interior. Included are the requisite
owner's manuals in their leather folio, tool kit, and air
compressor, along with a rare space-saver spare wheel.
Please note that due to California emissions, this vehicle must be
sold to a dealer or out-of-state resident.
To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction,
please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo19