The first of six Ferrari Sergio sportscars ever built is set to auction at RM Sotheby’s 2018 Monaco event next month, where it’s expected to fetch between €2.5 million and €3 million – about $3 million and $3.6 million USD. While the car is little more than a Ferrari 458 Spider with a “Speciale” engine and a unique Pininfarina shell, it’s a rare, special automobile that cost in the neighborhood of $3 million when new, so this example’s anticipated haul doesn’t seem all too farfetched.
We know what you’re thinking, and the answer is no: the Ferrari Sergio was not named thusly to pay homage to current Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne. Rather, it was built as a celebration of coachbuilder Pininfarina’s 85th anniversary, and named after the late Sergio Pininfarina (1926-2012) – a talented automotive designer, and son of the company’s founder Battista.
The Ferrari Sergio’s 458 Speciale engine is a 4.5-liter V8 capable of spinning up to 9,000 rpm and dealing out up to 398 lb-ft and 597 horsepower, with no help from forced-induction. The slightly-less-potent V8 in the standard 458 Italia set a new world record back in 2010 for the highest power-per-liter rating ever in a normally-aspirated factory road car engine, edging out the (admittedly more attainable) Honda S2000. That engine made 35 horsepower less than the version fitted in the Speciale.
This Ferrari Sergio shows less than 200 km (124 miles) on its odometer – about as much as the average American might rack up over the course of four commutes to and from work. However, it being a Ferrari, we wouldn’t necessarily assume that means it’s a long ways off from its first engine-out service.
For more photos of this resplendent, rare Ferrari Sergio that you almost certainly can’t afford, check out the original lot description here.