2018 Ferrari 488 GTB 70th Anniversary
£260,000 - £310,000
RM | Sotheby's - LONDON 24 OCTOBER 2019 - Offered from a Private Collection
- ‘The Shah’, one of just five Ferraris built in this livery and the only 488 GTB
- Single ownership from new
- Virtually as-new throughout, having only accumulated delivery mileage
To celebrate Ferrari’s 70th anniversary in 2017, the marque decided that a proper way to celebrate would be to produce a limited run of cars finished in 70 different liveries all representing specific cars and models from the company’s past. This would present a wonderful opportunity for Ferrari to celebrate their rich history while also showcasing the abilities of their Tailor Made department. Each livery would be featured on only one of each of Ferrari’s five production models at the time: the 488 GTB, 488 spider, California T, GTC/4 Lusso, and the F12 berlinetta.
Built to LHD, European specifications, the livery on this 488 GTB was inspired by the 410 Superamerica bodied by Pinin Farina that was originally purchased by the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and given to his wife, Princess Soraya. To match the car that inspired it, the 488 GTB is finished in Grigio Metallizzato with a dark red roof over a matching dark red leather interior. Offered today from the collection of its original owner, the car presents in virtually as-new condition, having only accumulated delivery mileage.
While Ferrari has always proudly celebrated important anniversaries and milestones in their illustrious history, there’s no doubt that the 70th Anniversary cars will hold a special place in the hearts and minds of fans for years to come. Allowing Ferrari to flex its creative muscles and show its clients that the sky was truly the limit in terms of customization, not only do these distinct automobiles show that Ferrari is very proud of its past, but they also showcase its excitement for things to come.
‘The Shah’ is certainly a very tasteful livery and one that suits this 488 GTB wonderfully. With only delivery mileage from new and offered from the collection of its original owner, this is the perfect opportunity for the collector who missed out on buying a 488 GTB when new.