Every year around this time Neimas Marcus comes out with its Christmas Book. The holiday catalog has all the silk and cashmere you could shake a lacquered mahogany stick at, but never disappoints moneyed luxury automotive aficionados.
In years past, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book has included such luxury performance vehicles as the BMW M6, Lexus IS-F, Jaguar XJ and Ferrari FF. Each one has been created in a limited series specifically for the catalog and has sold out in a matter of minutes, typically at a considerable premium over list price.
This year's catalog has just come out, and includes one very fine set of wheels indeed: the McLaren MP4-12C Spider.
The innovative and performance-driven convertible version of the Formula One racing team's celebrated supercar is driven by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with 592 horsepower for a 204 mph top speed. Those bits, of course, haven't changed for the Neiman Marcus edition, but have been augmented by a special set of alloys, a Volcano Red paint job, black leather with red stitching and custom fitted luggage.
Only 12 examples will be offered (all of which have likely long since been spoken for) at $354,000 apiece. The $85,000 premium includes a pair of business-class tickets to London, two nights at the Coworth Park Hotel, a tour of the factory, a private encounter with McLaren chairman Ron Dennis and a $3,000 donation to Big Brothers and Big Sisters.