The recent launch of the McLaren MP4-12C Spider reminded me of its arch enemy, the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, that happens to share the same origami-style convertible hard top supplied to both contenders to the junior supercar crown by Webasto.
With the ability to enjoy the engine note of these cars being arguably more important than absolute performance (since there is no way to even begin to tax the abilities of these performance monsters on the public roads), the Spider models are undeniably the more logical choice. Sure they are more expensive than their coupe cousins but, frankly, at these prices customers aren’t going to be counting anyway.
And here is a magnificent example of the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider that found its way into the car auctions in Japan. Not only a grade 6 (so almost perfect condition), but also the seller has made a point of noting all the expensive options that are fitted (along with their prices).
The best part of the car? In my opinion, the rear. So I’ve left that photo until last.
And the only problem with it? It’s not red!