More than just a fighter jet for the road, Ferrari’s LaFerrari Aperta was built to celebrate the marque’s 70th birthday, making it a 350kph, 949bhp instant museum piece. Price of entry: €2.3m.
Chances of getting your hands on one: nil. Before the roof-off version had even made its debut in September, all 200 had been sold, to an ultra-exclusive band of collectors. Unless you got an invitation, ownership is out of the question – no matter how rich or famous you are. Unless…
Enter Tom Hartley Jr. The 33-year-old Englishman has his showroom in rural Derbyshire in the UK, but deals in supercars across the globe. Having left school when he was just 11 to join his father trading in sportscars, he’s sold more supercars than probably anyone on the planet.
Biggest result to date: a 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa at nearly €39m.
“There are consequences to selling your car early to take advantage of the massive premiums on offer,” he says. “Not a single Aperta has come on the market. Ferrari makes buyers [of these cars] sign a document stating that if you sell it within 18 months you won’t get another – you’ll be blacklisted. I don’t expect to find an Aperta for sale before 2018. When I do, I hope to be the first broker to trade one.”
And he won’t be short of takers. Two clients are each offering €6m. “No one will sell it for that,” Tom grins. “It’s already worth three times what it cost off the production line – €7m.”
For €7m, Hartley Jr can help stick an Aperta on your driveway, but only in 2018. Want it sooner? You’d better hope an owner either dies or has a bust-up with Ferrari, or that one of the lucky 200 decides they hate the car. The last option seems somewhat unlikely.