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Posted By: James Allen  |  20 Jun 2012   |  7:41 pm GMT  |  9 comments

Ferrari will donate over £1.4 million to the families of the victims of the earthquakes that devastated northern Italy last month following a hugely successful online auction over recent weeks.

Twenty three people died and several hundred were injured after the Emilia Romagna region was hit by two deadly earthquakes measuring 6.0 and 5.8 on the Richter Scale respectively inside 10 days at the end of May. Thousands of local residents were also made homeless and many of the region’s cultural buildings were destroyed. The shocks were felt at Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters, which are located less than 50km away, and following the second shock the team suspended work at their factory for the day so their employees could return to their families.

With Ferrari being not only one of the biggest companies in Italy, but one of its biggest symbols, its response to the earthquakes was swift with an auction on its website organised and many pieces of sought-after memorabilia made available. The Italian outfit says Ferrari clients and enthusiasts from around the world duly rallied to the cause with the final sum raised announced as being in excess of €1.8 million (£1.45 million).

Over €1.4m of the overall total came from an American bidder alone who for that money will get his hands on the stunning Ferrari 599XX that was made available as one of the lots, the new owner to have the sportscar delivered to him by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa at the Italian GP in September. In other eye-catching results, a nose-cone from Ferrari’s 2009 F1 car, the F60, sold for €23,000 while the engine that powered the team’s most recent constructors’ championship-winning car from 2008 went for €80,000.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo admitted he hadn’t expected quite such a sensational final total from the two-week auction. “A pole position result: I knew I could count on the big-heartedness of the Ferraristi but they’ve still managed to surprise me once again. I would like to thank all the clients, collectors and enthusiasts that did their bit. Their bids have sent out a message of warmth and solidarity to the people in our region affected by this tragedy.”

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  1. Onko says:

    Mr Allen.
    I consider your site simply numero uno, as the
    rest of them are just ordinary,
    Thank you for being prompt with information
    in regard of Ferrari donation to the cause,
    what a prize the person in the states must be a
    true Ferrarist,my undrstanding the conditions
    to the car is that it can’t be driven on public
    roads would that be true.
    Keep it up,you are a true pro.

    1. James Allen says:

      i hadn’t seen that said.

    2. [MISTER] says:

      I heard the same on Top Gear not very long ago.

    3. Kay says:

      Yer, 599XX, like the FXX, is not road legal.

      Thus the auction winner is a very very lucky person.

  2. Josh says:

    The 599 XX is a special edition model which is not road legal. It was developed for Ferrari’s die hard collectors, Ferrari organise track days with engineers etc for these cars all over Europe/US

  3. Phil Irwin says:

    I think he may be right James:

    “The FXX has not been homologated for road use and thus will not be a competition model. It will be used exclusively on the track as part of a specific ongoing research and development programme featuring this first ever group of Client Test Drivers.”

    Read more at http://www.supercars.net/cars/3175.html#x5hobilEl9LM0s73.99

  4. Elie says:

    He’s definitely right the Ferrari 599XX is a track only car. I too saw it on top gear and numerous other mags.

    1. Moreno says:

      He may have seen it as a golden opportunity as well though- you can’t simply purchase a 599fxx, you are invited to buy one. And the criteria by which they invite people for these are extremely stringent… I think you have to have owned a minimum of a few Ferraris and I think you have to have owned some of them for X amount of years before selling them on as well. If he is a Ferrari lover who has not yet met these types of conditions he has jumped straight to the head of the Ferraristi table!!!

      1. Elie says:

        You finished what I didn’t. Spot on. Ferrari can keep it for that level of exclusivity I would go (dream) for an Aston Martin one 77. But then again all 77 are sold !

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