The first production Ferrari 458 Speciale A (Aperta) has managed to fetch $900,000 at an auction organized last weekend.

The first production Ferrari 458 Speciale A (Aperta) has managed to fetch $900,000 at an auction organized last weekend.

Ferrari is making only 499 units of the 458 Speciale Aperta and the first one was sold for $900,000 going to the American branch of "Daybreak" charity which conducts research to find cures for rare genetic diseases. The auction took place in Beverly Hills during Ferrari's 60th anniversary in United States celebrations and the car was sold by David Gooding. Pricing of the other 498 cars has not been announced yet but it will cost more than the $298,000 458 Speciale.

Like its fixed roof sibling, the 458 Speciale A comes with an upgraded version of the naturally aspirated V8 4.5-liter engine developing 605 HP (445 kW) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft). Despite being 50 kg heavier (100 lbs) due to the roof mechanism, the open-top 458 is just as fast as the coupe in the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint which takes three seconds.

"The most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever" features a retractable hard top that is opened or closed in 14 seconds. The first production unit rides on five-spoke forged Grigio Corsa wheels and features a triple-layer yellow body livery with a Blu Nart and Bianco Avus central stripe.

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First production Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta fetches $900,000 for charity