When an automaker like Ferrari comes out with a limited edition model, the entire run usually spoken for before we ever see a single photo or detail. Which is fine for the automaker in question, but can often irk many of its best customers, who would gladly shell out whatever the asking price for the opportunity to own the rarest of Prancing Horses.

According to Automotive News, the issue could lead Ferrari itself to form an elite owner's club. Membership would be limited to just the top customers – like those who own five or more Ferrari models, of which there are about 300 in the world – who would be given right of first refusal on special editions like the SA Aperta (pictured above), the 599-based roadster of which only 80 were made. After all, if your garage already has five Ferraris, you probably deserve for Maranello to give you special treatment.


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      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      I find it amusing that I could be worth a $100 million and not be able to walk into a Ferrari dealership and buy a new Ferrari.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @donnieorama
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      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess us poor people will have to sell out house only to be used versions of standard models.
      oRenj9
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm actually surprised that there are only 300-or-so people in the world that own more than five Ferraris. Once you get to the point where you can afford one Ferrari, honestly, five of them are not going to stretch the wallet thin. To all the haters: don't pretend you don't love seeing a Ferrari on the street. Even if you lived in Hollywood, they would still catch your eye. I'm not ashamed to say that I'd have a few if I could afford them.
      sparrk
      • 3 Years Ago
      5 Ferraris , what is this peasant's club ? make it at least 7 or 8, then i might be interested.
      Streak
      • 3 Years Ago
      It seems like a couple of people are confused here. Right of first refusal is not that Ferrari will refuse to sell you a car, it is that the "elite cadre of customers" will be allow to decide if they would like to purchase the Ferrari before people who are not in the cadre.
      SooooRight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who gives a feck who they give the right to buy a overpriced, unreliable piece of euro garbage? Great performance cars that are as reliable as a politician. Junk.
        matin G
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SooooRight
        One reason Ferraris are not reliable, is because the cars sit in a garage for ever and ever, then the owner turns it on, takes it for a spin to 8000rpm for half an hour, and then it sits again collecting dust. Its feast or famin with most Ferraris. F355 are notorious for breaking down all the time but mMy family owns an F355 and we have had it since brand new in 1999. We have put 103,000 miles on it and we all drive it (my dad, sister, mom, me...) It has been pretty much trouble free. Our local dealer says the next F355 he has serviced has no more than 26,000 miles on it. Even if you owned a Ford Focus, if you drove it once a month and it sat and sat and had dead battery all the time and the breaks and engines seized and so on, it would not be reliable. Cars are like human body, they need to stretch and be useful. If you let it sit, it gets lazy and pulls a muscle or too :)
          • 3 Years Ago
          @matin G
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          David J. Bernstein
          • 3 Years Ago
          @matin G
          @ NickG "There might be some truth to it, but the Ferraris really are poorly made. A friend of mine had an F430, and I was just shocked to see how poorly the door was made. It was like opening a door of a 20 year old car. " ---------------------------------------------------------------- Does your imaginary friend have a name? One of my friends has a 1977 Lamborghini Countach which is still running in perfect condition at 818,019 miles. His name is Charles! Oh, and another friend, his name is Jimmy, also drives a Ferrari F430 but hey, those doors don't feel and sound like they're from a 20 year-old car! Did I mention my imaginary grandmother drives an LM002 down the block to Wal Mart to collect her eggs every morning? Has been doing so for 20 years!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SooooRight
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          David J. Bernstein
          • 3 Years Ago
          Nick you claim that: "Ferraris are NOT built to last, they're high performance cars that need tons of maintenance. If you want to drive it every day, get a Lamborghini." Let me ask you this. A Lamborghini doesn't need a lot of maintenance? I got news for you, buddy. ALL SUPERCARS/EXOTIC SPORTS CARS BY THEIR VERY NATURE ARE HIGH MAINTENANCE. And it seems to me the wrong people keep buying them and have no clue as to how to maintain them. Or they simply don't want to maintain them as they expect these cars to have the same maintenance schedule as your average family sedan. Wrong. A Ferrari in the right hands will last forever. Any car can be made to last forever with the proper maintenance and owner car. Most Ferraris these days are bought by idiots with to much money who couldn't care less about maintenance or abuse the hell out of them. Abuse destroys a car - any car (in the long run).
          David J. Bernstein
          • 3 Years Ago
          Cut the BS. The Ferrari engine factory in Maranello is one of the most high-tech and stringent when it comes to technology and quality control regarding their engine production process. Any engine block with even the slightest fault will be smelted back again and the whole process will be repeated until the engine is perfect. The Discovery Channel showcased a whole series on the production process of supercars in Italy and Germany. The reliability data on Ferraris is practically non-existent. Ferraris have a "mythical reputation as being unreliable" simply because of the costs of parts and maintenance. These are high maintenance cars. High maintenance doesn't automatically translate into unreliable. A high maintenance car simply requires more attention to detail care, exact oil changes etc. than a normal car. It's that simple. Anyone buying a Ferrari and expecting it to have the maintenance schedule of a Corolla is a completely dumbass and shouldn't even get allowed to buy one in the first place. These are specialized cars requiring specialized care from both owners and mechanics. It's to bad that the average American is a complete dumbass when it comes to basic car maintenance (and trust me I speak from experience regarding friends and family). And it's sad that many of these people can actually afford a Ferrari, yet have no clue how to maintain them properly. I won't deny that Ferrari doesn't have a perfect reliability record, but people need to cut back on the BS crap about them breaking down all the time and the fact that stupid "unreliability myths" can arise from simple owner neglect. Anyone remember those Audi 1.8T "engine sludge problems"? It went like this. The owners of cars who maintained them well and CHANGED THE OIL according to actual Audi recommendations didn't experience sludge problems. The owners who couldn't care less abut recommended oil changes did (and then they whine to Consumer Reports about how unreliable their car is...how pathetic). In a way, the 1.8T motor could be described as "high maintenance" if it requires such to the point strict oil changes.
          Hailey Martin
          • 3 Years Ago
          Well said Dave!
          • 3 Years Ago
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          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          I find it hilarious that you say Ferraris have terrible reliability and quality then go ahead and mention that you should get a Lamborghini instead. I can only assume you come to this conclusion based on the fact that Lambo is VW/Audi owned, but like any highly strung illogically impractical supercar, it wont exactly have a 100% clean track record.
        ANB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SooooRight
        Thank you, sir.
        SmoothMarx
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SooooRight
        And people will keep on voting for politicians, just as they'll keep on buying these supercars.
      Burabus
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who wants a ferrari anyways
        Cakeflour
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Burabus
        The 99%. The remaining one percent think Ferraris are too mainstream.
        David J. Bernstein
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Burabus
        Ferrari stands for racing heritage, style, class, luxury and cutting edge technology that has generally trickled down from their racing cars to their production cars. Enzo Ferrari lived for motor racing and motor racing only. He only produced street-legal versions of Ferraris in order to finance his cars participation in motorsports. Ferrari is a true motorsport brand. Cars that were born and bred on and for the racetrack. Anyone who knows anything about their amazing history and various classic cars will lust for one. These are cars that get the heart of every TRUE CAR ENTHUSIAST (not the dumbasses who think a Corolla is something special because it "never breaks") pumping. I want a Ferrari. Any Ferrari for that matter.
          David J. Bernstein
          • 3 Years Ago
          @David J. Bernstein
          I was negatively using the Corolla in my post to hammer home a point. I like the RWD Toyotas of the past which at least had some passion in them. You could buy them up cheaply and tune them and make nice drift cars out of them. But the moment they switched to FWD the Corolla became an appliance.
        donnieorama
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Burabus
        Everyone. And if you don't, you probably shouldn't be reading this blog.
        Dimitroff
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Burabus
        Well, just some 7000 people worldwide. Bunch of losers, right?!
      Noz
      • 3 Years Ago
      These people need to get a life...it's only a fking car...
      Bop
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ridiculous. I only have 4 Ferrari's in my garage.
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures, the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge of mankind"........
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really like the wheels. They look like modernized versions of the F355 wheels. http://futurekars.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Ferrari-F355-Spider.jpg
      masonperegrine
      • 3 Years Ago
      You mean they weren't doing this before? Seems like simple common sense to me.
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