It’s already hard enough to part with a quarter-of-a-million dollars to buy a Ferrari 458 Italia, but can you imagine the rationale behind the man who would fork over that much money to buy a book?

Yeah, neither can we.

Now if you’re wondering if such a book even exists, then prepare to be introduced to the “Official Ferrari Opus”.

The book’s publisher, Opus Media Group, is calling it the “most exclusive book in the world”, and with the most expensive version retailing at $275,000, we find it hard to believe that there’s another book that’s being sold for that much.

Ridiculous as the price tag of this book may be – believe us, there’s nothing justifiable about a book that costs more than an actual car – those interested in it do have options to choose from.

The 852-page book weighs in at 82 lbs and is printed using heavy-duty paper. It’s got over 2,000 photos of every Ferrari vehicle that Maranello has ever produced, be it a road car or a race car. On top of that, the book contains over 200,000 words detailing literally everything and anything you need to know about the Italian automaker.

Check out how much each version of the Official Ferrari Opus book costs after the jump.

Now, for the prices. The “cheapest” version of the book retails at $4,100, if you can stomach that. This edition is called “Classic” and is limited at 4,100 copies. In addition to all those words, pictures, and pages, the book will be signed by current Ferrari F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

Next to the Classic is the “Cavallino Rampante Edition”, which is limited to just 500 copies priced at $7,500. The difference between this version and the ‘Classic’ is that this one will be signed by “Ferrari greats, past and present”.

Next to this edition is the “Enzo Edition”, which comes with a price tag of a mind-blowing $37,500. So why does this book cost as much as a mid-size car? For starters, each of the 400 available books will come with its own carbon fiber case and on top of that, each book will be “personally signed by all living Ferrari world champions on an individually numbered, silver-foiled signature sheet.”

Then, there’s the crown jewel, literally and figuratively. The “Enzo Diamante Edition” will only have 400 copies and will be adorned with 30 diamonds that make up Ferrari’s iconic Prancing Horse logo on the cover. Each country will have no more than one copy of the book, making it that much more valuable and as such, more expensive. And if you just happen to be one of the few that actually is rich – or dumb, take your pick – enough to afford this $275,000 book, then you also get a chance to win a replica of a Michael Schumacher-driven Formula One race car.

While we certainly won’t blame passionate members of Ferrari’s tifosi from splurging all that money on this book, we’re going to have to pass on buying even the ‘cheapest’ version of this book. $4,100 is a lot of money by our estimates, especially for…a book!

Source: Ferrari

What do you think?
Show Comments

14 comments:

  (570) posted on 05.19.2011

Heck!I could actually buy my dream car the Lamborghini Aventador with that money!
I really hate those guys that can afford to have one of this luxurious item!

  (466) posted on 05.19.2011

Most probably a wealthy folks doesn’t mind its pricing as long as he got interested. Well, this kind of exclusive item is fun to collect! And I bet in the near future it will cost ten times as its price right now.

  (534) posted on 04.8.2011

I still don’t know who came out with this idea. It is pretty lame and useless, and it just goes to show how extravagant a lot of people could be in times like this.

  (369) posted on 04.7.2011

A Ferrari keychain worth $400,000, that would be definitely crazy. But come to think of it, if they were able to come out with this book, they will most probably try that one out also.

  (534) posted on 04.6.2011

Yeah, I wonder what they would come up next to sell to those reach folks who can buy a Ferrari. Maybe a Ferrari keychain worth as much as a 599 would be a good idea.

  (612) posted on 04.6.2011

Well, with that much said, we can pretty much say that this thing is nothing more than an ugly show of extravagance. I wonder what they would come with next.

  (460) posted on 04.5.2011

So what are you guys fussing about? Whoever is going to buy this book will probably have enough wads of cash to actually buy a Ferrari car at the same time.

  (340) posted on 04.5.2011

And here I am thinking that buying a Ferrari car at a time like this is a rude show of extravagance. Buying this book is certainly going to be eve n worse.

  (377) posted on 04.4.2011

I guess you’re right dimavsen. I can’t believe that the price of the book cost as much as a Italia. However, the most intriguing part is that who will waste a thousand dollars for a book!

  (25) posted on 04.4.2011

Isn’t the craziest thing, especially for a book. On the other side, there are actually crazy people who will be willing to buy it, not because they are die-hard fans of Ferrari, or to know everything about this manufacturer, but to show-off, or to be the special one in the country to own such a jewel. Who knows, there might be a rush.

  (461) posted on 04.4.2011

Yeah, I really can’t understand the fuss about this book. OK so it does have all the information about the all the cars that Ferrari released, plus those extra, but I really can’s see anyone crazy enough to buy this.

  (442) posted on 04.4.2011

OK, so what’s the point with this whole book shebang? It’s a pretty useless piece of paper if you ask me, you can practically learn everything about Ferrari’s cars for less than a few dollars.

  (142) posted on 04.3.2011

LOL! What is this!!!! April fools joke?

  (12) posted on 04.2.2011

That’s insane, what a waste of money. What moron would spend that much on a book? I’m actually pretty suprised Ferrari did this, considering it’s going to be really hard to make a profit on these things.

Car Finder: