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Ferrari F450: Last one to be auctioned Sunday to benefit earthquake victims

Wed, 13 May 2009

In an auction featuring some of the rarest, fastest and most head-turning Ferraris ever, a brand-new F430 may be the show-stealer.

The Prancing Horse said Wednesday that it is auctioning off the very last F430 to roll off the Maranello production lines at the end of the year to raise money to rebuild the central Italian region of Abruzzo, which was devastated by an earthquake on April 6. Ferrari will work with local authorities to distribute the funds.

The car will be sold at the RM auction, called the Leggenda e Passione event, Sunday on the grounds of the company’s factory.

The car will get a two-tone livery styled in the traditional colors of Aquila, the city hit hardest by the quake. The car comes with a certificate from Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo.

The winning bidder will get to go to Ferrari HQ in Maranello to choose the final specs for the F430, and it can be equipped with optional features from the company’s Carrozzeria Scaglietti catalogue.

The F430 has been a defining car for Ferrari, which it touts as the peak of its development of mid-engine V8 berlinettas. Its pumps out 490 hp, 343 lb-ft of torque and can reach 62 mph in four seconds. The F430 was first launched in 2004.

The electronic differential is derived from Ferrari’s Formula One program and provides maximum grip in turns. The gearbox also comes from F1. The estimated sticker is more the $192,000.

The event has a spectacular field that includes an unbelievably rare 1967 330 P4--one of just three built--a 1957 250 Testa Rossa and a 1990 641/2 F1 car.

By Greg Migliore