Former American racing car driver, car collector and opportunist, Preston Henn, has attempted to sue Ferrari after they denied his attempt to purschse the new Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta. The convertible version of the much-hyped, Ferrari LaFerrari, has stolen headlines over the last month as details continue to emerge of the hyper-limited supercar.
Henn attempted to secure his LaFerrari Aperta when he sent a $1millionUSD signed-cheque to Maranello addressed to Fiat-Chrysler CRO, Sergio Marchionne, earlier this month. To Henn’s dismay and frustration, his cheque was returned with a letter informing him that all of the examples had been accounted for.
Mr. Henn, whose list of past Ferrari purchases include the F40, F50, Enzo, LaFerrari and even one of Michael Schumacher’s F1 cars, has since decided to sue Ferrari for more than $75,000 in damages.
The document published by Autoweek earlier this week stated: “The publication of the statement that Preston Henn is not qualified to purchase a LaFerrari Spider is an untrue statement which harms Henn’s reputation and holds him up to ridicule, disrespect and disrepute in his profession, trade, occupation, avocation, and among his friends and business and social associates”
If the trial goes ahead, it will serve as a legal precedent for Car Collectors who believe that they are entitled to limited edition supercars such as the Ford GT, LaFerrari and other hyper-limited examples.
Ferrrari is yet to confirm how many of the LaFerrari Aperta will be sold, however, expect it to be less than the 499 examples of the LaFerrari coupe that were offered in 2013.
The Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta will feature the same 6.3L V12, coupled with a 120W electric motor to produce identical power figures to the hardtop version; 588kW of power and 708Nm of torque. Coupled with a seven-speed dual clutch gear box, the LaFerrari coupe covers the 0-100km/h sprint in 2.8sec.