Half Jeep, half Ferrari: will you buy the Jerrari?
It's a one-off creation and the brainchild of a 1960s casino tycoon
What do you do when you're a successful hotel/casino magnate and want a four-wheel-drive Ferrari? Bill Harrah thought he knew the answer in the late 1960s when he asked Ferrari to commission a one-off vehicle for him. However, Enzo rejected his request and left Harrah on his own.
The American businessman and car collector then created a solution to his niche problem by 'frankensteining' his wrecked 1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 and a brand new 1969 Jeep Wagoneer together to create the 'Jerrari'. Some called it a "crime against nature" whilst others appreciated its originality. What we have here is a Wagoneer with a heart transplant and a brand new face.
The Jerrari originally had the Ferrari's 320hp 4.4L V12, but that engine was later moved to 'Jerrari 2', meaning that the vehicle is currently fitted a 230hp Chevrolet 350 V8. Today the Jerrari retains the 4-speed Borg-Warner manual transmission, which was favoured for packaging reasons. The Wagoneer's 4WD system, stock brakes and suspension are also still in place.
Following Harrah's death, the Jerrari entered the hands of multiple owners. In 2004, it was sold to and restored by the Petersen Museum before being sold again for a mere $20,000 USD on eBay in 2008. It is now up for grabs in Germany through Classic Driver at a price only available upon request. In a strange time where 'weird' equates to 'cool', it is sure to demand a hefty buck.
Bitte beachten: deutsche Beschreibung weiter unten Please note: German description below ........................... What do you get when you cross a Ferrari with a Jeep? A Jerrari ! According to research, this unique car is probably the first SUV that is, in today’s sense, worldwide. How did this happen? The famous car collector Bill Harrah who built his fortune with his two