American entrepreneur and avid car collector Preston Henn has sued Italian supercar maker Ferrari, after the company denied him the chance to own the upcoming open top version of the LaFerrari.
In a defamation lawsuit filed in Florida, 85-year old Henn is suing Ferrari for defamation and seeking damages in excess of $75,000.
Henn tried numerous ways to convince Ferrari to sell him one of the open-top LaFerrari Aperta (name not yet confirmed) hybrid hypercars, including mailing a $1 million (Rs. 6.69 Crore) check as a deposit directly to Sergio Marchionne, the CEO and Chairman of Ferrari.
However, instead of getting a positive response, Henn was informed in a letter from Ferrari, that all examples of the upcoming car had been sold out, and his mailed check was returned to him as well.
Henn states that the letter claimed that he was not qualified to purchase a LaFerrari Spider which in turn damaged 'his reputation in his profession, trade, occupation, and in the world of high-end automobile organizations, associations, and exhibitions and their individual participants'.
Penn has asked for a trial by jury for his case against Ferrari.