The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is the immediate predecessor to Ferrari’s groundbreaking 4WD Ferrari FF. Unlike it’s successor, it has the classic long-nosed, tapering rear GT look of preceding models.
This is an early 612 from 2006 at auction in Japan.
Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 11th, 2013
Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
The recent launch of the McLaren MP4-12C Spider reminded me of its arch enemy, the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, that happens to share the same origami-style convertible hard top supplied to both contenders to the junior supercar crown by Webasto.
With the ability to enjoy the engine note of these cars being arguably more important than absolute performance (since there is no way to even begin to tax the abilities of these performance monsters on the public roads), the Spider models are undeniably the more logical choice. Sure they are more expensive than their coupe cousins but, frankly, at these prices customers aren’t going to be counting anyway.
And here is a magnificent example of the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider that found its way into the car auctions in Japan. Not only a grade 6 (so almost perfect condition), but also the seller has made a point of noting all the expensive options that are fitted (along with their prices).
The best part of the car? In my opinion, the rear. So I’ve left that photo until last.
And the only problem with it? It’s not red!
Posted by Stephen On Thursday, March 8th, 2012
My heart goes out to Ferrari owners everywhere.
Well, on top of having the terrible burden of being part of not just the 1% — but of the 0.01% — they are also having to make some tough decisions.
You see, us humble peons only have to agonize about whether to upgrade our iPad to the lastest HD model for a few hundred dollars or so. And Apple only dangles new goodies in front of our noses at a rate of just once a year or so.
But these Ferrari aficionados? They have it tough.
“Should I upgrade my 612 Scaglietti for a new 4WD Ferrari FF? But what about the gorgeous 458 convertible with its trick metal roof? And I’ve got to keep room in my budget (and garage) for that long-rumored Enzo replacement near the end of 2012.”
There are so many goodies. But they cost so much… and you want them all. And, unlike the skinny iPad, you need space to park your new acquisitions.
Then the Geneva Motor Show comes round, and along comes the stunning F12 Berlinetta. Your jaw drops. You want!
So what’s Mr. Super Rich Guy going to do?
Well, something’s got to go. And that something’s the F12 Berlinetta’s capable predecessor, the 599.
And here’s just what I’m talking about. A lovely grade 5 Ferrari 599 at the car auction in Japan today.
Let’s take a look…
Not a lot to say about it that the photos and grading do not already tell you. Except to point out that it’s in superb condition with only minor scratches and is positively laden with factory optional extras. So if you are a little bit lower down the food chain than the Hyper Rich (perhaps just “Super Rich”), then this could be the car for you.
Want to bid on it? Well you’re a bit late as it’s going under the hammer later today in Japan. (Although you can find out how to bid at future Japanese car auctions here.)
In the meantime, why don’t you sit back, relax, and enjoy this great track video of the 599′s replacement?
(c) Integrity Exports Co. Ltd. – Japan car auction buyer and exporter.
Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, December 6th, 2011
Coming to an auto auction in Western Japan…. A bunch of wrecked Ferraris, with a smattering of crashed Mercedes and Lamborghini.
Driving with your supercar-owning buddies can be great fun – until someone makes a mistake with the resulting pile up taking out all your buddies’ cars, and then some.
The cars involved were all exceeding the 80 KM/H speed limit according to witnesses. One of the lead cars slipped on the wet road when changing lanes, plowing into the barrier before taking out following cars. A total of 14 cars were caught up in the accident, 8 of which were supercars – mainly Ferraris. I spotted an F430, a 356 and a Testarossa.
Check the video below to see if your favorite supercar was one of the unlucky winners.
Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
The very first of Ferrari’s controversial new hatchback, 4WD FF model to arrive in Japan was auctioned off for charity at the Italian Embassy in Tokyo. The assembled dignitaries were probably excited to be able to get to Tokyo from their more radioactive homeland, and the car auction seems to have been a great success.
The FF itself was bought up by Masaharu Seno, an architect in Tokyo, and I am sure contributed the bulk of the proceeds of over $724,000. The money will be going to build a school for the children of Ishinomaki, one of the hardest hit towns in the March 11th disaster.
Source: Motor Authority
Posted by Stephen On Friday, May 20th, 2011
Great track battle between some of the fastest cars around. Unsurprisingly, the AWD and electronic gizmos on the GT-R helps it to an overall win. However, you have to wonder whether the extreme cost of the LFA was in the back of its driver’s mind as he jostled for position.
On the other hand, it is not often that you see road cars this expensive pushed quite so hard in a race. The commentary is all in Japanese, but that won’t stop you from enjoying it!
Hat tip: Autoblog
Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
A delinquent tax payer in Tokyo is short one Ferrari California today – and the Tokyo Tax Office is laughing all the way to the bank, as the car sold for almost the same amount as it would have new – 22.81 million Yen (new price is 23 million Yen).
The Tax Office had estimated that it would made about 13.3 million Yen, and clearly way underestimated the demand for this particular model. The car was bought by a used car dealer in Chiba, near Tokyo. The price set a record for an internet public auction for an item other than real estate in Japan.
Source: MSN (Japanese-language)
Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
Now I thought I had been pretty scathing in my original blogpost about Ford suing Ferrari over the similarity of the name of their pickup truck to Ferrari’s 2011 F1 contender. But I was positively reserved compared with Ferrari’s official statement about the settling of the lawsuit with another name change for their race car. (I have Italicized – pun intended – my favorite passages for your delectation):
It might seem like a Kafkaesque scenario, but the affair relating to the name of the car with which Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will tackle this year’s Formula 1 World Championship saw its final and decisive episode played out these past few days with the concomitant withdrawal by Ford of the summons.
Therefore common sense has prevailed. In order to avoid the slightest risk of anyone confusing a Formula 1 car with a pick-up truck, for their part, the men from Maranello have decided that the car will lose the F that precedes the number 150 and which stands for Ferrari, as it has done on numerous occasions when it’s come to giving a car a code name, be it for the race track or the road. It appears that this could have caused so much confusion in the minds of the consumer across the Pond that, at the same time as losing the F, the name will be completely Italianised, replacing the English “th” with the equivalent Italian symbol.
Therefore the name will now read as the Ferrari 150° Italia, which should make it clear even to the thickest of people that the name of the car is a tribute to the anniversary of the unification of our country. Let’s hope the matter is now definitely closed and that we can concentrate on more serious matters, namely ensuring that our car that already seems to be pretty good out of the box, becomes a real winner.
I understand that corporations are expected to defend their trademarks or else the courts could take the view in the future that the corporation in question is not really interested in having sole use of this word for its own branding purposes. Thus, Google is constantly jumping on the generic use of “google” or “googling” to mean to use a search information to look for information.
However, this is one of those instances where flimsy legal reasoning has lead to corporate humiliation and resultant damage to Ford’s brand, and is a good example of why a CEO should lead a company and not a committee of lawyers.
Now, what’s this? News just in: Ferrari is counter-suing Ford for seeking to benefit from the goodwill of the prancing pony by having a galloping horse as the symbol of its Mustang model. Ferrari is also requiring Ford to cease using the name “pony car” in reference to this model.
Just kidding… or am I? Stranger things have happened!
Posted by Stephen On Thursday, February 17th, 2011
I’m not quite sure where Ferrari is heading. While they are making some truly great, focused sports cars like the 458 Italia and 599 GTO, on the other hand they also seem to be diluting the brand with models like the 4WD hatchback-style Ferrari FF, and this “soft” Ferrari – the California.
The front of the car looks quite similar to the Maserati Gran Turismo I found in the auctions earlier this month, and that is interesting since it seems that this California model was apparently originally started as a concept for Maserati. With its folding metal roof, it was deemed to be beyond the Maserati price-point, and so Ferrari got to stick its badge on it to justify the price.
This 2009 model must be one of the first ones imported into Japan. A quick price search shows that cleaner examples than this one (grade 6 rather than 4.5) sell for about 18.5 million Yen.
(c) Integrity Exports Co. Ltd. – Japan car auction buyer and exporter.
Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 11th, 2011
The F-150 may be the best-selling truck (aka “pickup truck”) in North America, but I doubt it is so well known outside of there. It seems ironic that Ford is suing Ferrari for alleged infringement of its”F-150″ model name, when people outside the US have probably not heard of this truck (or are even able to buy it in their market) – and F1 is hardly religiously followed in the USA.
Laughably, Ford is asserting, “Ferrari has misappropriated the F-150 trademark in naming its new racing vehicle the F150 in order to capitalize on and profit from the substantial goodwill that Ford has developed in the F-150 trademark.”
What? Ferrari is so desperately in need of someone to piggy-back on for publicity, that the best they could come up with for their new F1 championship contender was… a pickup truck? And they even admit that the F150 name (that Ferrari is now stating is just an abbreviation) is different to Ford’s own trademark, which is hyphenated.
It seems like a case of over-zealous-lawyer syndrome. Or is it Ford who is, in fact, trying to drum up some interest in its lethargic truck brand through a spurious high-profile lawsuit linking it with glamorous Formula One? Only time and phalanxes of lawyers will tell.
Readers (and lawyers) are invited to peruse the following visual guide for disambiguation purposes:
This is not the first time Ford F-150s have come into conflict with Ferraris. But who will end up on top this time?