The first examples of the new Ferrari 458 Italia supercar are trading for close to £200,000, price guide Glass’s Guide reports today.
It claims wealthy enthusiasts are paying a £25,000 premium to jump the queue and get into one of the first 458s in Britain. The Italia lists at £169,545 in the UK, with first deliveries due for summer 2010.
Richard Crosthwaite, prestige car editor at Glass’s, said: ‘Clearly the recession hasn’t diminished buyers’ interest. It’s not unusual for the first examples of such exclusive sports cars to change hands for inflated prices before the first owners take delivery, but the premium required to bag one of the early 458s is exceptionally high – a reflection of just how desirable it is.
‘The 458 is likely to remain in short supply for some time, which will keep it in favour with the fashion-conscious supercar buyer and help to protect residual values.’
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