Ferrari’s clients and enthusiasts across the world have once again demonstrated their extraordinary generosity.
Two devastating earthquakes struck Northern Italy on May 20th and 29th and in order to raise funds for families affected, Ferrari held an online auction.
Over the last two weeks, the auction raised over 1.8 million euros (approx RM7.2 million); this substantial sum will now be donated to assist families of the victims, many of whom died at the workplace.
Bids came in from all over the world, and it was the sale of the 599XX Evo that generated the bulk of the money raised. A bid of over 1.4 million euros (approx. RM5.6 million) that came in from an American collector was enough to secure the most extreme 599 ever built.
The one-off car will sport a special commemorative plaque signed by Chairman Luca di Monetzemolo 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 Monza.
An F60 nose-cone, purchased for 23,000 euros (approx. RM93,000) by a Malaysian client is also heading stateside, while the engine from the F2008, which won the Constructors’ World Title in 2008 is going to a client in Great Britain. A bid of 80,000 euros (approx. RM322,000), almost twice the reserve price, was needed to claim this unique item.
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,” he added.
The sum raised by the auction also includes spontaneous donations by fans and enthusiasts from across the globe, including a Russian client who generously gave 100,000, euros (RM400,000) and the proceeds from the sales of the Scuderia Ferrari watches.