Ferrari just celebrated its 60th anniversary in the United States with the main highlight being the introduction of the F60America limited-edition supercar. However, the sexy F60America wasn’t the only Prancing Horse brought to the festivities. The event, which was hosted by the Beverly Hills City Hall, also included the auctioning of the first production unit of the newly launched 458 Speciale A. The Italian spider crossed the block for $900,000, about three times the expected sticker of the sports car.

The final price is not at all surprising, as production of the 458 Speciale A is limited to only 499 examples. The vehicle will likely be sold out by the end of 2014, and it’s only natural for collectors to throw nearly a million bucks at the first roadster to leave the Maranello factory.

As with most such events, proceeds were donated to charity. The entire sum will benefit "Daybreak," the American branch of the Italian charity whose mission for nearly 25 years has been to advance research towards a cure for rare genetic diseases.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Speciale.

Why it matters

First Ferrari 458 Speciale A Sold for $900K at Auction
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When a Ferrari sports car is built in 500 units or less, offering the very first example at auction is a big deal. Car collectors are just crazy for these "VIN0001" vehicles, and the final $900,000 bid comes to prove just that. The first production 458 Speciale A has just become the most expensive sports car of its kind to be bought as is, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon.

Ferrari 458 Speciale A

2015 Ferrari 458 Speciale A High Resolution Exterior
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Essentially a drop-top version of the stunning 458 Speciale, the Speciale A — "A" stands for "Aperta" — comes with the same aggressive and motorsport-inspired styling of the coupe, which makes it the most aerodynamic spider ever created. The interior is unchanged when compared to the coupe’s, save for the new stripes on the seats and the unlimited headroom. Same goes for the Speciale A’s engine, which comes in the exact same configuration as the coupe’s. The 4.5-liter, V-8 unit cranks out 596 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque.

It is the most powerful, naturally aspirated V-8 Ferrari has ever dropped into a roadster, and it will complete the 0-to-60 mph run in in about 2.9 seconds, to go with a top speed of 199 mph.

Press Release

Ferrari celebrated its 60th anniversary in the USA with a lineup of musical performances, a thrilling auction, limited-edition car reveal, and a boisterous spectacle of fireworks behind a scenic Beverly Hills backdrop.

First Ferrari 458 Speciale A Sold for $900K at Auction
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The Beverly Hills City Hall was bathed in rosso Ferrari with the emblem of the Prancing Horse displayed in grandeur on the building’s façade. Mayor Lili Bosse opened the evening with a proclamation declaring the commencement of the festivities for Ferrari’s 60th anniversary in Beverly Hills. The event was presided by John Elkann, Chairman of FCA, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA and Chairman of Ferrari, Amedeo Felisa, CEO of Ferrari, and Piero Ferrari, Vice Chairman of Ferrari.

Auctioneer David Gooding brought the guests to their feet as he auctioned the first of 499 examples of the newest 458 Speciale A. The car sold for $900,000 with proceeds benefitting “Daybreak,” the American branch of the Italian charity whose mission for nearly 25 years has been to advance research towards a cure for rare genetic diseases.

The 458 Speciale A wasn’t the only Prancing Horse on display. In honor of the Ferrari’s era in the USA, the limited-edition F60 America was unveiled to private guests of the black-tie event.

First Ferrari 458 Speciale A Sold for $900K at Auction
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The evening commenced with a star-studded lineup of musical performances, including Italian conductor Carlo Ponti Jr. leading the Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra, renowned violinist Caroline Campbell and Grammy-award winner Mary J. Blige. Notable guests were actress Megan Fox, TV presenter Mario Lopez, polo player Nacho Figueras and wife Delfina Blaquier, entrepreneur Robert Herjavec, director Michael Mann, and racecar drivers Derek Hill and Dan Gurney.

A lavish display of fireworks concluded the evening’s celebration.

The festivities continue tomorrow with an exhibition of 60 of the most iconic Ferraris ever created on the famed Rodeo Drive. Highlights of the Ferraris to be displayed include the Ferrari 308 GTS (“Magnum, P.I”), Testarossa (“Miami Vice”), and Steve McQueen’s Ferrari 275 GTB/4, the 2014 Pebble Beach “Best of Show” winner 375 MM, and the newest limited-edition F60 America.

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