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Ferrari's first four-door sedan is being sold

1980 Ferrari Pinin

In 1980, Ferrari unveiled its first four-door car: the Ferrari Pinin. Of course, it was at the Turin Motor Show, and it was only a concept. But now is your chance to own the first four-door Ferrari ever built (only would exclude all the four-door sedan and wagon iterations Pininfarina built for some very rich customers). Offered by RM Auctions at its upcoming London event on October 26, 2011, the one-of-a-kind automobile is expected to sell for £480,000–£550,000, or approximately $740,000–$850,000 at the current exchange rate.

1980 Ferrari Pinin

Ferrari named the car after Battista “Pinin” Farina, founder of Pininfarina, and unveiled the concept at the 1980 Turin Motor Show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pinin’s company. After hitting the show circuit, it was sold to Jacques Swaters, the head of a Belgian racing team and close friend of Enzo Ferrari. In 2008, Swaters sold the car to its current owner for €176,000, or approximately $273,000 at the time.

1980 Ferrari Pinin

The Ferrari Pinin shares its running gear with the 400GT and carries underpinning from both the 400GT and the 512BB. One of the most intriguing aspects of the car’s design was its wraparound windows, which were mounted flush with the body to hide the A- and B-pillars. The car’s mechanicals were completely replaced by the last owner to make the car drivable. Changes include a new 400GT five-speed manual transmission mated to a 360-hp 5.0-liter 12-cylinder 512 engine with Weber carburetors, a fabricated fuel tank, and a new double wishbone with coil spring suspension at both the front and rear and new four-wheel vented disc brakes.

1980 Ferrari Pinin

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Posted on: 10/4/2011 at 10:49 AM
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Ferrari to offer new winter driving school in Aspen

Ferrari North America has announced its first America-based snow and ice driving school: the 2012 Winter Driving Experience. Based on a similar program offered in Italy, the school will launch in January 2012 out of Aspen, Colorado, as an $11,300 all-inclusive two-day three-night package developed specifically for the Ferrari FF. In fact, the school will run a fleet of eight “specially prepared” FFs for the program. It is unclear if participants will also be allowed to drive their 458s. Ferrari’s announcement comes hot on the heels of Lamborghini's own driving school, the Lamborghini Academy, kicking back off in Europe.

Ferrari winter driving school

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Posted on: 9/23/2011 at 8:23 AM
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14-year-old boy "borrows" dad's Ferrari

Maybe a little jealous of the father who is teaching his son to drive in a Ferrari, a 14-year-old boy out of Berlin, Germany, “borrowed” his dad’s black Ferrari while his parents were taking a trip to Spain. Both the car and the boy were reported missing by an acquaintance of the family and, at first, the German Polizei suspected a possible kidnapping and car theft plot. Both the unrepentant boy and the car were later found unharmed and the youth’s parents were notified. Police did not disclose the model of the Ferrari although its value was estimated at €200,000 or $280,000.

Black Ferrari

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Posted on: 7/14/2011 at 3:50 AM
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Report: Exotic manufacturers' sales numbers

Toyota sold 327,804 Camrys in America in 2010, the most of any single car model. More than 250,000 Honda Civics and nearly 220,000 Ford Fusions were sold in the same period. The most prolific exotic cars pale in comparison with these numbers and this was a good year for many. In fact, most mainstream manufacturers sell more of a single model than any single exotic-car range. Exceptions are the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, which sold 919 units; Mazda RX-8 with 1,134 cars; Audi TT, which sold 1,531 vehicles; and Toyota Land Cruiser with 1,807 autos. Here is the list of the top exotic car manufacturers in terms of cars sold in America in 2010:

  1. Maserati (1,987)
  2. Ferrari (1,440)
  3. Bentley (1,430)
  4. Aston Martin (1,104)
  5. Lotus (660)
  6. Lamborghini (324)
  7. Rolls-Royce (312)
  8. Maybach (63)
Are the manufacturers faring better this year? Yes. As of May, the year-to-date sales figures are up from 2010 by 24% for Maserati, 22.4% for Ferrari, 16.3% for Bentley, 16.5% for Lamborghini, and 31.8% for Rolls-Royce. Maybach is the only one that is hurting with a drop of 34.5% to just 19 vehicles sold so far in 2011.

2012 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport

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Ferrari-authorized history book to cost as much as a Ferrari, chance to win a F2005 replica

Official Ferrari Opus Enzo Diamante Edition

A Ferrari-authorized book detailing the automaker’s complete vehicle, race, and driver history will be available in an exclusive Enzo Diamante edition and costing $275,000. The diamond-covered prancing horse on the cover of the Enzo Diamante edition is comprised of 1,500 stones weighing in at 32.3 carats. The diamonds are of the finest quality and clarity and are of the color “F” (rare white). The rest of the book is bound in the finest leather of choice and is packaged in a carbon fiber shell. The book is limited to one unit per country with only 20 units every to see the light of day. The book also contains the signatures of Ferrari drivers, past and present.

Official Ferrari Opus Enzo Diamante Edition

People who purchase the Official Ferrari Opus Enzo Diamante edition will be automatically entered to win one of only five F2005 replica single seaters ever built by Ferrari. Driven by seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, the F2005 was Ferrari's 51st single seater, specifically designed and built by Scuderia Ferrari for the 2005 race season.

Ferrari hired Opus Media Group and gave its writers access to the company’s archives in order to re-create the car manufacturer’s 80-year history. The Official Ferrari Opus consists of 852 pages, with more than 150,000 words and 2,000 photographs, and weighing 88 pounds, the book offers an in-depth look at the company and race teams behind the Prancing Horse. The book offers in-depth interviews with key personalities, new photo shoots, and rare archive images to bring life to the past, present, and future of Ferrari.

[via Kraken Opus]

Ferrari F2005

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Posted on: 3/30/2011 at 6:01 AM
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Texans pay big bucks for "Ferrari" license

Everything in Texas is bigger, including the price you have to pay for a specialty plate. In an auction held at the Cowboy’s stadium in Arlington by the state of Texas and My Plates, a private vender that helps the Texas government market and sell customized plates, a “Ferrari” plate brought in the biggest bid, passing under the hammer for $15,000. It was one of 33 plates that were sold, which also included “COWBOYS” and “GO HORNS” plates.

[via Washington Examiner]

Ferrari Plate Auction

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Posted on: 1/14/2011 at 4:13 AM
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Body of Uwe Gemballa found

The body of Uwe Gemballa, the man behind the infamous aftermarket company and missing since February of 2010, was found by South African police on Tuesday. The well-known supercar tuner was reportedly bound and executed and his body was dumped outside Pretoria in Atteridgeville, Gauteng, South Africa. The Sunday Times, South Africa’s most popular and occasionally controversial weekly paper that has been in distribution since 1906, is reporting that two men have been arrested in connection with Gemballa’s disappearance and are working with authorities in the investigation.

The Sunday Times is also reporting that the death of Uwe Gemballa is being linked to a large money-laundering scheme that stretches from Switzerland to South Africa and includes tax evasion, contract killing, and high-end exotic cars with money stuffed in their door panels.

Gemballa went missing on February 8, 2010, after landing at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, approximately 45 miles from Atteridgeville. He contacted his wife the next day, spoke in English, which his wife says was unusual, and asked for a large sum of money. After the call to his wife, he was never heard from again.

After closing down in May 2010, the Gemballa brand was recently purchased and re-launched wearing a slightly modified name, Gemballa GmbH, and headed by a new chief exectuve officer, Andreas Schwarz.

[via The Sunday Times]

Uwe Gemballa found dead

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Posted on: 10/4/2010 at 3:42 AM
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Gemballa closes its door after 30 years

Back in February we reported that Uwe Gemballa had gone missing. With his whereabouts still a mystery to authorities, the company that wore Uwe’s name has closed its doors and had its assets liquidated.

Why Gemballa went to Johannesburg, South Africa, is still unclear but most reports say he headed there to find financial backers for a new dealership. Still some speculate he may have gone on the run because he set up a shadow company under his mother’s name and gave his wife power of attorney before he took his trip so she would have to authority to declare the company insolvent.

Three months have passed since his disappearance so we can only presume the worst. To us it sounds like Gemballa knew the meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, might not go well and put into play a series of events that would leave his wife in a stable position.

[via Motor Trend]

Gemballa Tornado 750 GTS

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Posted on: 5/18/2010 at 3:44 AM
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Ferrari halts some factory work and cuts jobs

Due to a drop in the number on engines ordered by Maserati from Ferrari, a Ferrari factory in Maranello will close down for one week starting May 17. Besides putting 600 workers on leave, Ferrari also announced that it would be cutting 120 office jobs and 150 factory jobs, or approximately 9 percent of its workforce. The number of engines order from Ferrari by Maserati has been dropping dramatically the past few years; the 4,500 engines it ordered in 2009 is approximately half the engines ordered in 2008.

In October of 2009, Ferrari announced that it would be closing some of its factories for one week due to a lack of sales forecasted for 2010 models.

Ferrari Factory

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Posted on: 5/13/2010 at 4:44 AM
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Gemballa closed down by authorities

**Update** German police have classified the Uwe Gemballa case as a missing person’s case and are working with authorities in South Africa to figure out his whereabouts. Both the agencies in Germany and Africa refuse, however, to say this may be a kidnapping case. His wife and family, on the other hand, are offering a 10,000-Euro reward for any information that leads to his recovery.

In related news, Gemballa has asserted that it is still operating as normal after initial reports said the German police had shut down the business. Meanwhile, Uwe Gemballa's wife has filed for insolvency of her husband's company via her power of attorney. **Update**

**Update** It is being reported by Bild.de that Uwe Gemablla was kidnapped and is currently being held for a ransom of one-million Euros. In a telephone call to the Uwe’s wife from his cell phone, Gemballa is said to have begged for help before his captors abruptly cut the call short. Uwe Gemballa flew on the eighth of this month to Johannesburg, South Africa, and it is believed he was kidnapped soon after checking into his hotel. **Update**

It is being reported that German authorities shut down the Gemballa offices this morning. All the cars have been impounded and owners are being contacted to provide proof of ownership. Yesterday some news outlets reported that Uwe Gemballa, the man behind the infamously tuned Porsches and other exotics, was missing. He kept in touch with a number of automotive publications, including the duPont REGISTRY, and dealerships and yet none of them have heard from him in more than a week. His last known whereabouts were in Africa.

[via CarsUK]

Uwe Gemballa is Missing


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