Italy Earthquake: Ferrari auction for quake victims now on-line image

The Italian luxury sports carmaker Ferrari said Thursday it was organizing a rare online auction to raise funds for victims of two earthquakes that left 23 people dead and thousands homeless in Italy.

Speaking at the commencement of the auction, which started earlier today, Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo said,

“I am sure we can count on the generosity of those close to Ferrari around the world who have always kindly supported this kind of initiative in the past.

A terrible earthquake struck our region and the people we know, and together we want to help the families of the victims in this time of need. We are holding an auction of some truly unique and exclusive items for all Ferrari’s friends and enthusiasts to whom I would already like to express my heart-felt thanks.”

The principal offer of the auction, which can be accessed via www.ferrari.com or directly onwww.ferraristore.com, is a 599XX Evo, the extreme, non-homologated sports berlinetta with a reserve of euro 1.35 million.

The car will be built specifically for this occasion and will have a number of unique features, including a special plaque dedicated by Ferrari’s Chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, and the Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, who will hand the car over to the lucky new owner at the Monza Grand Prix weekend in September.

The other collectible item is a 2008 V8 engine, with which the Scuderia Ferrari F1 won its 16th Constructors’ World Championship title. this one has a reserve of €50,000. Racing suits, gloves and helmets autographed by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, an original nose cone from the F60, and a Formula 1 racing suit from Giancarlo Fisichella are also among the offered items.

The Ferrari Earthquake Auction starts at 16.00 (CET) today on Ferrari’s website.