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Current Owner (acquired new via Ferrari of Seattle)
Ferrari’s initial mid-engine production offering, the Dino 206, set the company on a trajectory to offer models with engines behind the driver, which continues to this day. The architecture offers dynamic advantages over the company’s front-engined GT cars, and while mid-engine models have often been the most affordable Ferraris, they have also been the most exciting. Ferrari’s most exclusive models – such as the 288 GTO, F40, F50, Enzo, and LaFerrari – have all been mid-engine, each further proving the advantages of the layout.
Building on years of steady development, for the 2015 model year Ferrari debuted the 488, itself an evolution of the wildly popular 458 Italia that had been sold since 2010. Based on an aluminum frame clothed in largely aluminum body panels, the 488 utilized advanced aerodynamic technology such as a blown rear spoiler, underbody vortex generators, and a large rear diffuser, all working together to increase downforce 50% compared to the 458.
Powering the 488 was Ferrari’s first production turbocharged engine for a mid-engine car since the F40, mated to a new seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle. This 3.9-liter V-8 utilized dual ball-bearing, twin-scroll turbochargers to achieve 661 bhp, or 164 hp per liter, a record for a Ferrari automobile. The 488 was available in both coupe and spider body styles, and sold very well before being replaced by the F8 Tributo in 2019.
To commemorate its 70th anniversary as a manufacturer, Ferrari drew from its heritage to create a limited run of each of its production models in liveries recalling significant Ferraris of the past. This example, a 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider 70th Anniversary Edition, received Tailor Made livery no. 41, designed to commemorate the magnificent Dino 206 Competizione concept of 1967. The results are striking and feature deep metallic Giallo Tre Strati (Triple-Layer Yellow) paint over fine-grained and ribbed Nero (Black) and Inchiostro (Ink) leather, and electric blue Alcantara carpets. The 488 Spider is further accentuated by blue seat belts, sport exhaust pipes, and carbon fiber elements for the front spoiler, rear air ducts, side air splitter, B-pillar trim, rear diffuser, and sill covers. The window sticker shows the Spider was delivered to Ferrari of Seattle, noting an MSRP of $450,134, of which $55,915 was for the 70th Anniversary Package, and $87,492 for additional special features.
Since purchase, this one-off, one-owner, highly collectible 488 Spider has been driven less than 1,000 miles and remains in a condition consistent with its respectful stewardship. Offered with the presentation box, original books including the Classiche Certification and other special accessories, this Ferrari remains ready to thrill its new owner with incredible performance, style, and exclusivity that can only be offered by a modern classic of such undeniable pedigree.