Maranello June 20th 2012
Ferrari’s clients and enthusiasts across the world have once again
demonstrated their extraordinary generosity. Over the last two weeks, the online
auction organised by www.ferrari.com raised over 1.8 million euro. That
significant sum will now be donated to help the families of the victims of the
earthquakes that struck Emilia-Romagna on May 20th and 29th, many of whom
died at their workplace.
It took only the slightest encouragement for the Ferrari community to mobilise
and bids were soon pouring in from all over the world. Naturally enough,
expectations were running high for the 599XX which sold in the end to an
American client for over 1.4 million euro. This exclusive car is a real one-off
and will sport a special commemorative plaque signed by Chairman Luca di
Montezemolo and the two Scuderia drivers. It will also be personally delivered to
its owner by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa at the next Italian Grand Prix at
The F60 nose-cone is bound for the USA too, as it was purchased by a
Malaysian client who put in a bid of 23,000 euro.
The engine from the F2008, which won the Constructors’ World title in 2008, will
instead be wending its way to Great Britain having made 80,000 euro, almost
twice its reserve price.
There was also an enthusiastic response to the rest of the auction with multiple
bids made on all of the lots going under the hammer, including Fernando
Alonso and Felipe Massa’s helmets and Giancarlo Fisichella’s racing suit.
“A pole position result: I knew I could count on the big-heartedness of the
Ferraristi but they’ve still managed to surprise me once again,” declared Ferrari
Chairman, Luca di Montezemolo. “I would like to thank all the clients, collectors
and enthusiasts that did their bit. Their bids have sent out a message of warmth
and solidarity to the people in our region affected by this tragedy.”
The sum raised by the auction includes spontaneous donations sent to
Maranello by fans and enthusiasts the world over, including a Russian client
who generously gave €100,000, and the proceeds from the sales of the
Scuderia Ferrari watches.