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This camouflaged Ferrari 458 Italia is a bargain*
*Sort of. Our Classified of the Week is Lapo Elkann’s former modified Ferrari
Lapo Elkann is the grandson of Gianni Agnelli, and heir to the Fiat empire. He’s also a man who has a distinct taste in automobiles: case in point, his specially modified Ferrari 458 Italia.
You might remember the Ferrari 458 Italia. It’s quite good, where ‘quite good’ means one of the finest Ferraris ever built. This particular one was handed over to Ferrari’s in-house personalisation team known as ‘Tailor Made’, and you only need a quick scan to realise this is no ordinary 458.
It’s camouflaged, for goodness sake. The one-off paint-scheme is matched up with peace signs in place of the Ferrari ‘Scuderia Shields’ on the front wings.
The wheels were also painted in dark green, while the calipers of the carbon ceramic brakes and even the engine cover were painted in camouflage colours. You must admit, it is disturbingly excellent. Others disagree. Others are wrong.
Inside Mr Elkann opted for dark brown leather, with contrast camo’ inserts, camo’ trim on the steering wheel and dash, and contrast rosso horses stitched into the headrests (themselves camo’d up too).
Elsewhere it’s as regular as a 458 Italia can be – which is not very regular. The 4.5-litre V8 still churns out 562bhp – more than 79bhp over its predecessor, the F430 – and produces 398lb ft of torque. It’s naturally aspirated, too, and revs to 9,000rpm. If you haven’t heard one of these things at full chat, go and do so immediately using the Tube of You.
It’ll do 0-62mph in less than 3.4secs, and top out at 202mph. There’s lots of tech buried within like remapped versions of the F430’s diff and traction control systems, along with 140kg of downforce at 124mph. Where applicable, naturally.
The bargain bit we mentioned? Lapo owned this car from 2010 to 2016. At a charity dinner last year, it was auctioned off to its second and current owner for the princely sum of €1,000,000.
Now, RM Sotheby’s is offering the specially made 458 Italia at its Ferrari ‘Leggenda e Passione’ sale on 9 September, with an expected price tag of between €250k and €350k.