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Nigel Mansell's Ferrari F40 Sells for $870k

Nigel Mansell’s Ferrari F40 Sells for $870k

While not as old as the Ferrari 250 GTO, a sports car famous for fetching millions of dollars at auction, the turbocharged F40 — built between 1987 and 1992 — is arguably one of the most appealing vehicles produced over the past three decades. That statement has been confirmed yet again during the Bonhams auction event at Knokke-Le-Zoute, Belgium, where a 1989 model year F40 changed owners for a whopping $870,000.

One of 1,315 examples made, the F40 in question is a bit more special, as it once belonged to Nigel Mansell, a former Formula One and Indy champion. The British driver bought the supercar in 1989, during his first season with Scuderia Ferrari, a team he raced for through 1990 before returning to Williams.

Mansell’s F40 sold to an unidentified telephone bidder for $870,000, becoming the most expensive car auctioned during an event that reported total sales of nearly $4.8 million. Despite being the most expensive car auctioned at Knokke-Le-Zoute, Mansell’s former supercar is not the most expensive F40 ever to go under the hammer. The record for road-legal F40s belongs to an example that fetched $1.43 million. The highest price for an F40, however, went to a 1993 LM-spec version that sold for $2.2 million.

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Jim Glickenhaus Buys the Ferrari Modulo Concept by Pininfarina

Jim Glickenhaus Buys the Ferrari Modulo Concept by Pininfarina

I’m not old enough to really remember the Ferrari Modulo, but I do know some uncles of mine who attest to having knock-off posters of the concept stapled to their walls. The car was a revolutionary wonder back in its day, a space ship-looking oddity that Pininfarina actually designed and developed, and was based on the Ferrari 512S.

These days, the Modulo Concept can be found locked and hidden deep inside Pininfarina’s vault. Or at least it was until Jim Glickenhaus somehow convinced the Italian design house to sell it to him.

Road & Track is reporting as such and there’s no reason to raise an eyebrow on this report. Glickenhaus himself reached out to Road & Track to announce his latest automotive purchase. As if the man doesn’t have enough unique Ferraris to call his own; he’s adding another one to this stable that might win out as the strangest of them all.

Apparently, Glickenhaus isn’t just buying the Modulo; he also plans to rebuild it and unleash it to the world. R&T is reporting that the entire build process will take place in Europe before the car makes the voyage back to New York where it will be registered and, well, you know what’s going to happen after that.

Glickenhaus didn’t give an exact timetable on how long the restoration is going to take, but he did say that the Modulo could be prepared and finished in time for the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on May 22, 2015.

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Chris Evans Picks up a 1971 Ferrari Daytona Spyder for Nearly $4 Million

Chris Evans Picks up a 1971 Ferrari Daytona Spyder for Nearly $4 Million

British DJ and TV presenter Chris Evans (not to be confused with Captain America Chris Evans) recently dropped a staggering £2.27 million on one of the most famous Ferraris ever created, the 1971 Ferrari Daytona Spyder. Evans purchased the iconic Ferrari at Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Prive sale in London late last week. What was initially thought of as just an appearance by the British celebrity quickly escalated into a frenzied bidding war for the extremely rare Ferrari. In the end, Evans won the auction after agreeing to shell out £2.27 million for the Daytona Spyder, which converts to around $3.7 million as of 9/9/2014.

The amount the Daytona Spyder went for is thought to be a world record for the model, further highlighting how classic Ferraris have become incredible investments these days.

This particular Daytona Spyder also holds the unique distinction of being built by two of the most important Italian design houses: Pininfarina and Scaglietti. It also hasn’t spent a whole lot of time under the sun despite being more than 40 years old. According to Silverstone Auctions, the Daytona Spyder Evans scooped up for almost $4 million only has less than 4,000 miles on its odometer. It’s also been described as being in "concours condition," which pretty much translates into "as good as it gets."

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Brad Pitt to Join Tom Cruise in Go Like Hell

Brad Pitt to Join Tom Cruise in Go Like Hell

The movie adaptation of Go Like Hell already hasA-lister Tom Cruise in the fold and if recent reports are accurate, Cruise is set to be joined by another Hollywood heavyweight: Brad Pitt.

The two last co-starred in the 1994 movie Interview with a Vampire and the potential co-starring role will ignite a move that’s already being billed as a blockbuster adaptation of the A.J. Baime book that chronicled the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari during their glory years at Le Mans.

It’s already been reported that Cruise will be playing the role of Carroll Shelby in the movie with Joseph Kosinski sitting in the director’s chair. There’s been no mention of what role Pitt will play in the movie but if it’s any indication, it won’t come as a surprise if he stars as Ferrari’s very own patriarch, Enzo Ferrari.

It’ll be very interesting to see how the cast for Go Like Hell builds up. But with Cruise and possibly Pitt on board, it’s going to be one heck of a blockbuster.

Click past the jump to read the official synopsis of Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

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Cristiano Ronaldo Set to Receive Ferrari LaFerrari

Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent contract extension with Real Madrid essentially turned the soccer superstar into one of the most handsomely paid athletes in the world (he’s reportedly set to earn 17 million euros a year, which is around $23 million based on current exchange rates). So, with all that money at his disposal, nobody was surprised to find out that Ronaldo is spending his money wisely.

That is, if you can describe buying a Ferrari LaFerrari as a "wise" decision.

Ronaldo has long been known as a supercar aficionado, often riding around Madrid with the latest exotic to hit the market. His luck with those rides are a different discussion — he’s had problems with the Ferrari 599 GTB and the Lamborghini Aventador in the past — but nobody can deny his taste for exotics.

As one of the 499 customers on the waiting list for the limited-edition LaFerrari, Ronaldo is poised to score one of the fastest and most powerful cars on the planet. It’s going to cost him $1.3 million, but given that he can earn that amount by the end of the year, it sure won’t be a problem for the Galactico striker to shell out that much money without ruining his gelled-up hair.

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Justin Bieber Takes Vengeance Upon the Paparazzi with His 458 Italia... Sort of

Justin Bieber Takes Vengeance Upon the Paparazzi with His 458 Italia... Sort of

We don’t know about you, but we are pretty tired of all this Justin Bieber drama. Seemingly ever few months we have a new story of him driving like a moron. It just keeps on repeating over and over again.

Last time he hit the front page he was accused of six moving violations in Dubai. Now it looks like on Monday night he struck a photographer with his white Ferrari 458 Italia while leaving the Laugh Factory with his friend, Lil Twist.

Up to this point, Bieber wasn’t charged with any crime for the incident, but if the photographer decides to sue The Beib, it will be the second lawsuit against him. The first one was opened just a few weeks ago when a man accuses Bieber of ordering his bodyguard to commit assault and theft of the photographer’s camera.

There are no details on why or how Beiber hit the man, but we think it is safe to say he likely wasn’t driving in the safest manner.

We don’t know about you, but we think is time for Bieber to hire a chauffeur as he is not the best driver we have seen out there. The more we hear about Beibers incidents behind the wheel of his various supercars, the more we are starting to wonder if people think that all Ferrari drivers drive like a-holes...

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Stars in their Cars: Justin Bieber gets pulled over while driving his Ferrari 458 Italia

Stars in their Cars: Justin Bieber gets pulled over while driving his Ferrari 458 Italia

Even at an early age, Justin Bieber’s taste in cars is impeccable. Sure, he’s got the finances to buy just about whatever piece of automotive awesomeness he wants to call his own, but it’s still worth noting that “The Bieb” has a good idea of what cars are worth.

On the flip side, being famous doesn’t excuse you from abiding by the rules. Apparently, Bieber’s new ride, the Ferrari 458 Italia, drew plenty of attention recently and it’s not for the right reasons.

According to TMZ, JB was pulled over for making an unsafe left turn. Things were compounded when the police officer who stopped the artist discovered that his registration was expired. Talk about getting double a whammy.

We’re pretty sure that Bieber can pay for whatever amount the violation cost him. It just goes to show that even if you seemingly have the entire teenage girl population at your command, you’re still at the mercy of the long arm of the law.

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2012 Ferrari FF "Ian Poulter" Edition

2012 Ferrari FF "Ian Poulter" Edition

Technically, there’s really no Ferrari FF "Ian Poulter" Edition, but seeing as this unique FF is a ’one-off’ that was delivered to British golfer Ian Poulter, then you can understand why this car holds special regard in our eyes.

Presented at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this particular FF also holds distinction as the first Tailor Made car in the US with an interior design that fits right up Poulter’s tee. No golf pun intended.

For his custom-spec’d model, Poulter opted to deck the interior of his pristine white Ferrari FF with a "Sabbia" triple-layer livery that’s finely complemented by black Poltrona Frau leather and tartan. Matching the peculiar chose of trim is the prevalent use of carbon fiber and high-tech fabric sports elements, which also comes as a first for Ferrari.

Despite earning fame as a professional golfer, Poulter is also a known car enthusiast with a garage that includes a Ford GT, a Bentley Continental GT, and a Ferrari California. With all due respect to those cars - and they’re fine machines by any stretch of the imagination - Poulter’s new, one-off Ferrari FF should definitely have a garage of its own.

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Video: Adam Carolla visits Jay Leno's Garage with 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2

Video: Adam Carolla visits Jay Leno’s Garage with 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2

Jay Leno has admitted to not being a "Ferrari guy," or at least a "modern Ferrari guy," but as far as classic Ferraris go, the comedian still has a soft spot for them. So when fellow comedian Adam Carolla brought his classic Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 to show Leno, the two car nuts proceeded to talk car chops about the iconic Ferrari model.

Built from 1964 to 1967, the 330 GT 2+2 holds a special appeal in the eyes of Ferrari collectors. Carolla’s model, in particular, looks especially fresh given the years it already has out on the road. It doesn’t command the same drool as the Ferrari 250, but it’s no less a collector’s piece.

As soon as their two-man discussion finished, Carolla gave Leno the keys to the 330 GT 2+2 for a nice test drive. That’s when things turned to pure comedy as the 330 GT 2+2 first runs out of gas before developing a vibration that ended up getting caused by an improperly lubricated speedomenter cable that eventually led to the actual needle to fall off.

Great stuff, as always, from two of the funniest car nuts around.

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Video: Argentinean Soccer Player's Ferrari 360 Modena Catches Fire

Video: Argentinean Soccer Player’s Ferrari 360 Modena Catches Fire

There are several things you can expect when you purchase a used supercar. Things like great handling, superior engine performance, and stylish appearance are all on that list. There is an equally long list of things you would never expect. One of the biggest things you would not expect is a Ferrari-b-q.

Well, when you have the automotive luck of Valencia CF soccer player, Ever Banega, whose last mishap involved forgetting to set the parking brake on his Audi R8, which resulted in it rolling backwards and breaking his ankle, you should really expect the unexpected. Well, that’s exactly what happened, as Banega’s newly purchased Ferrari 360 Modena decided to spontaneously combust on his way to practice.

Well, maybe not spontaneously, as it was determined that electrical failure caused the blaze, but it is still something that is truly unexpected. By the time fire fighters subdued the flames, the 360 Modena was little more than a pile of melted plastic and metal.

Fortunately, Banega got away from the flaming car without injury and someone managed to get us some footage of this Ferrari turned kindling, as Banega and his teammate frantically look for water to douse the flames.

Check out the video and cringe as this fine automobile meets its flaming grave. Maybe Banega should consider mass transit from here on out...

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Video: Gordon Ramsay visits Ferrari plant in Maranello

Video: Gordon Ramsay visits Ferrari plant in Maranello

Most of you know Gordon Ramsay as an amazing Scottish chef. But, how many of you did you knew that he is also a Ferrari owner for many years? And now he finally got the chance to visit the Ferrari plant in Maranello. A special day for Ramsay, who went around all the production facilities and was truly impressed by the working environment in Ferrari.

Also, a very special day for Ferrari’s employees who could not believe their eyes either, and warmly welcomed Gordon asking for autographs and photos.

"You can feel the passion of the people working here – he said – it’s incredible, I couldn’t imagine such a place: bellissimo!"

His visit included Ferrari’s Tailor Made and the Atelier, where Gordon Ramsay met Amedeo Felisa and the Ferrari’s CEO, who showed him the newborn F12berlinetta. A car by which he was really impressed. At the end he was taken by test driver Raffaele de Simone to the Fiorano circuit to enjoy the F12berlinetta and he got behind the wheel of the 458 Italia.

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Ferrari will restore Steve McQueen's 275 GTB4

Ferrari will restore Steve McQueen’s 275 GTB4

Back in 1968 when he was on the Bullitt movie set, legendary American star, Steve McQueen took delivery of a very cool 275 GTB4. Now Ferrari has taken the car back to the factory for a complete restoration. Next to belonging to McQueen, this car has a pretty interesting evolution: the previous owner converted it to a Spider and the new owner wants it converted back to coupe form.

So the new owner took 275 GTB4 to the experts at Ferrari Classiche for the company’s authenticity certification process. The only problem they had was that the transformation from Spider to Coupe could not happen until the vehicle was restored to the exact same specifications as when it left the factory. Now, Ferrari has to restore the car’s roof and add new hand-beaten steel panels.

Considering that only 36 examples were built of the Ferrari 275 GTB4 and that, in recent auctions, most of the 275 GTB4 models went for a large sum of money, we’re thinking it’s in Ferrari’s best interest to have this model fully restored.

We will keep you posted with the development process, so stay tuned!

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