The modern Ferrari California isn’t just one of the ugliest cars Ferrari has ever made; it’s one of the ugliest cars ever put on sale. It is grossly ill-proportioned and strange. And there’s one reason why this one sold for $438,478.
Technically it sold for €393,360 as the Artcurial auctioneers themselves claim.
They’ve been live-reporting the lot-by-lot sales of their vehicles in Paris’ Retromobile auctions.
The reason is simple: this car has a manual transmission. More to the point, it is one of only two manual Ferrari Californias ever sold, as my former coworker Travis Okulski reported at RoadandTrack.com today and years ago.