• Would You Pay $380,000 For A Ferrari Wind Tunnel Model?

It’s more expensive than an actual Ferrari 812 Superfast

The Ferrari 812 Superfast is super cool, super powerful, and super expensive. It’s priced from $335,275, which is more than an arm and a leg for most of us. But if you have the money to do it, why not spend on a Ferrari 812 Superfast with no engine, no drivetrain, and no steering wheel for a price that’s higher than the actual car itself. It’s strange times we’re living in, right?

Don’t think this is a joke either because this is completely legitimate. The 812 Superfast in question isn’t even an actual car; it’s a scale model finished in hand-sculpted carbon fiber that also includes materials described only as “prototypes.” The 1:2 scale model was sculpted by noted designer Ignacio Albera and was used by Ferrari throughout the development process of the 812 Superfast, including gathering the results of computational fluid dynamics that were done inside the wind tunnel. Adding to the appeal of the model is the fact that it’s maintained its original modularity since it went through the ringer. Should this model be of interest to you, RM Sotheby’s will be selling it during its Leggenda E Passione sale on September 9 at Ferrari’s own headquarters in Modena, Italy. Bring those checkbooks if you end up going because early estimates for the car say it could sell for as much as $380,000, more than $40,000 higher than what you’ll pay for an actual 812 Superfast.

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If it’s a collector’s piece you want, this is the one to get

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There is a big part of me that finds the hilarity in spending this much money for a non-drivable scale model. If you had that much disposable money, wouldn’t you want to instead buy a real Ferrari812 Superfast? You’ll not only get a supercar that packs 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque, but you’ll also save money in the process. Seems like a pretty good deal compared to buying a 1:2 scale model of the same car – it’s half the size of the actual 812 Superfast – at a much higher price tag. That’s the far more reasonable approach.

Then again, this is also why collector pieces like this scale model fetch for expensive money. A big part of it revolves around the historical ties to the car. As far as the 812 Superfast is concerned, this scaled down version appears to have played a big role in the car that we see today. If the 812 Superfast appreciates in value over the years, so will the scale model. Collectors live and fight for this kind of piece, so don’t be surprised if the model eclipses RM Sotheby’s estimated price. There’s only one of its kind in the world and it’s the kind of team that could find its place in a Ferrari museum in the future. That’s the potential status for this model, so the appeal of owning it and seeing its value rise over the years should be tempting for a lot of collectors.

There’s only one of its kind in the world and it’s the kind of team that could find its place in a Ferrari museum in the future

Speaking of value, that’s probably the most important thing about this item – it has no real market value to be compared against. RM Sotheby’s may have put down an estimated price, but there’s no telling if that figure will end up being accurate. See, collectors items of this caliber don’t have a set value; their value depends on how much somebody’s willing to pay for it. It could go for $150,000 at the auction and the winning bidder decides to sell it for double his money six months later. As long as there’s somebody who’s willing to meet its price, that’s how much it’s going to go for.

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Having said all that, I will be very curious to see how much this carbon fiber scale model sells for when it hits the auction block next week. Better yet, I wanna know how many people are interested in it are willing to pay the premium for a chance to become the first private owner of the piece.


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Kirby Garlitos
Kirby Garlitos
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Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read full bio
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