Supercars have always been popular with rich speculators looking to make a fast buck, and when a new Ferrari is launched, it can often be found advertised demanding huge premiums over list price.
However, once the initial glamour has faded, Ferraris are just as prone to lose their value as the average city car, only the numbers involved are far larger. The 458 Italia is a prime example.
When it arrived in 2009, it was the must-have supercar, with the obligatory months-long waiting lists, and a used market where even the most basic 458 would command a huge premium over a brand-new example.
Today, the 458 Italia is as sensational to drive as it has always been, and there’s still a long waiting list, but now you can find used models for less than list. Mind you, they’re not much less. A residual rating of 64.9 per cent is only beaten by the Lotus Elise S and Ferrari’s own FF, and it means that while you’ll shell out a six-figure sum on a 458 Italia, you’ll still get six figures for it after three years.
You’ll still be losing the equivalent of the price of a Jaguar F-Type, but then if you’re in the market for a Ferrari, you’re unlikely to give such an amount a second glance.
Price now: £178,526
Value after three years: £115,863