Posts Tagged ‘california’

Tokyo Tax Office Ferrari California Auction Record

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.

Ferrari California Auctioned by Tokyo Tax Office, Japan

Source: MSN (Japanese-language)

Japanese Car Auction Finds: Ferrari California

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.

Ferrari California 2009 car in the car auction in Japan

(c) Integrity Exports Co. Ltd. – Japan car auction buyer and exporter.