Preston Henn – an 85-year-old car collector hailing from Florida – is suing Ferrari for refusing to sell him an example of its highly coveted LaFerrari Spyder hypercar, and for rubbing salt in the wound by purportedly stating Henn is “not qualified” to own the neck-snappingly quick automobile.
Most 85-year-old drivers are chiefly concerned with keeping their driver’s licence and subsequent measures of independence–but Henn is not like most 85-year-olds. His chief concern is slotting in behind the wheel of an Italian hypercar that will nearly invert your eyeballs while accelerating from a stand-still to 100 km/h in fewer than three seconds.
Having owned many Ferraris over the course of 60 years, Henn is a self-described “Ferrarista.” Several of Ferrari’s top supercars are found in his collection, including the Ferrari F40, F50, Enzo, FXX, and LaFerrari. A 275 GTB and Schumacher-driven Ferrari F1 car are also among his impressive collection.
It’s worth noting that Ferrari restricted sales of its FXX development-supercar to only 30 loyal patrons–Henn included. More than 30 LaFerraris will be built, so it could be argued that Ferrari have already deemed Henn worthy of the privilege of owning its most exclusive sports cars.
After pleading with Ferrari to supply him with a LaFerrari Spyder, Henn went so far as to write a letter to Sergio Marchionne, chairman of Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles–with a $1,000,000 cheque tucked in the envelope for good measure. The cheque was returned.
Henn continued to seek an explanation; it’s alleged that Henn heard through the grapevine that Ferrari employees said he was denied the LaFerrari Spyder because he is “not qualified” to own it. This displeased Henn, who took great offense to the alleged rationale behind Ferrari’s denying him his open-top LaFerrari.
That this Ferrari collector has been denied the latest drop-top Ferrari hypercar truly exemplifies a ‘first-world problem’–but regardless of Henn’s previous fortune, a jury will likely decide if a LaFerrari Spyder – or any measure of compensation – is indeed in his future.