Monterey | Lot 137
2014 Ferrari LaFerrari
Proceeds to benefit the College for Creative Studies
$3,305,000 USD | Sold
| Monterey, California
24 August 2018
- Proceeds to benefit the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan
- Offered from a prominent private collection
- Virtually as new, with only test mileage since delivery
- Ferrari’s iconic 21st century hybrid hypercar
Proceeds from the sale of this LaFerrari will benefit the College for Creative Studies. Based in Detroit, Michigan, it is one of the nation’s premier arts education institutions. With a current enrollment of over 1,400 undergraduates, the college believes deeply in the power of creativity to improve people’s lives and offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 13 fields and a Master of Fine Arts in four.
Named “one of the best design schools in the world” by Businessweek Magazine and the number three design school in the U.S. by LinkedIn, many of its graduates find careers in the automotive industry. Its alumni include Ralph Gilles, Global President of Product Design, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; Kevin Hunter, President of Calty Design Research, Toyota Motor Corporation’s North American design studio; Joel Piaskowski, Head of Car and Crossover Design for Ford of Europe; and Crystal Windham, Director of Interior Design for Cadillac.
Making a difference beyond the walls of the institution itself, the College for Creative Studies provides career opportunities to students from inner-city Detroit through its free, neighborhood art education programs and design-focused K-12 charter school; helping design-driven businesses start up and grow through its economic development office; and enriching Detroit’s cultural life through its exhibitions and public programs. Furthermore, the College for Creative Studies was instrumental in helping the city of Detroit to be named the first and only UNESCO City of Design in the U.S.
There is no doubt that the design and sheer visual panache of Ferrari’s benchmark supercar would have influenced and inspired past, present, and current students at the College for Creative Studies and that its impact on the automotive industry will be felt for years to come. Recalling many design cues of the Enzo, the LaFerrari’s design is equally forward thinking. No larger than the Enzo in footprint, what is even more impressive is that Ferrari managed to squeeze in both a 6.2-liter V-12 engine and a 120 KW electric motor. With 789 bhp on tap from the V-12 engine and an additional 161 bhp from the electric motor, total output is rated at 950 bhp. Despite the car’s massive output and powertrain, thanks to its hybrid system, the LaFerrari’s carbon footprint is noticeably smaller when compared to the Enzo as well.
The LaFerrari’s performance is electrifying, to say the least. Contemporary magazine road tests indicate full acceleration to 62 mph in less than three seconds. The 124-mph mark arrives in less than seven seconds, and the 186-mph mark in 15 seconds! Keep accelerating, and the LaFerrari will reach a top speed of over 217 mph.
Unveiled at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show, the LaFerrari created a truly global fanfare and everyone with the means wanted Ferrari’s latest and greatest hypercar, picking up the torch from the Enzo to continue on a grand tradition of mid-engined Ferrari hypercars that began with the 288 GTO, a car which found its own inspiration from the legendary 250 GTO. Like its predecessors, however, this would be a very limited production automobile, with only 499 examples produced for a handpicked list of Ferrari’s very best clientele.
Delivered to Ferrari of Central New Jersey, this LaFerrari was built for the 2014 model year and finished in Ferrari’s traditional Rosso Corsa, eschewing the more common black-painted roof and mirrors, which match the remainder of the car’s paintwork and the brake calipers. Inside, the car is fitted with Nero leather with contrasting red piping and stitched Cavallinos in the headrests. In addition to the car’s dashboard trimmed in carbon fiber, it is also equipped with an additional $4,965 in special-order options according to its window sticker.
Since delivery, the car has been exceptionally well preserved and is presented today in virtually as-new condition, with only minimal mileage accumulated from factory testing and delivery mileage at the selling dealer, with the odometer showing less than 150 miles at the time of cataloguing. It presents its next owner with a handful of possibilities as the perfect cornerstone to any Ferrari collection to preserve and cherish for years to come, or to enjoy on the open road as a brand-new car four years after it initially left the factory.
For the uppermost echelon of Ferrari collectors, the LaFerrari epitomizes what Ferrari is today: a company that provides cars with the utmost performance and exclusivity, honoring their past whilst looking toward the future by utilizing cutting-edge design and technologies. Today, it sits on the same pedestal that the Enzo did in the 2000s, the F50 did in the 1990s, all the way back to where the 250 GTO sat in the 1960s. The LaFerrari is without question the ultimate Ferrari road car of the 2010s and from the moment of its inception, it has been considered as a must-have in any world-class collection of Ferraris.
With proceeds benefitting a very worthy cause associated with the automotive industry, this is a wonderful opportunity to acquire an equally wonderful LaFerrari.