Ferraristi raise R18m in auction
FIRST PRIZE ON AUCTION: A Ferrari 599XX "rolling laboratory" will be handed to its new American owner by Ferrari's F1 drivers at the 2012 Italian GP at Monza.
A Ferrari auction has raised over 1.8 million euros (R18.72 million) for families of the victims of the earthquakes that struck the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna in May, the company said on Wednesday.
The online auction saw an experimental 599XX car, the only one made, sold to an American client for over 1.4 million euros (R14.56 million).
The car will sport a special commemorative plaque signed by Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo and the two Scuderia drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. It will be personally delivered to its new owner by the Ferrari team's Formula 1 drivers at the next Italian Grand Prix at Monza on September 9, 2012.
NOSE CONES AND ENGINES
The nose-cone on the F60 was purchased by a Malaysian client for 23 000 euros (R239 200) while the engine from the F2008, which won the F1 constructors' world title in 2008, went to a British bidder for 80 000 euros (R832 000).
Ferrari chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, said: "I knew I could count on the big-heartedness of the Ferraristi but they've still managed to surprise me once again."