Van Halen's stylish custom Ferrari 550 could be the king of rock'n'roll rides
Now you could be in with the change of driving a piece of rock n roll history
Alongside his guitar playing prowess and ability to create insanely catchy and recognisable guitar licks, Eddie Van Halen also appears to have great taste in cars, having driven and owned an incredible variety of machinery from an LS-powered Mazda RX-7 to a RUF 911 Turbo - classy.
Now you have the rare opportunity to own Eddie Van Halen's custom race-modified Ferrari 550 Maranello for yourself, as it is being sold off through an online auction by 'Gotta Have Rock and Roll' who specialise in selling authenticated rock-and-roll and pop-culture artefacts and memorabilia. Eddie bought the 2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello way back in 2008, before selling it to a friend who currently owns the car.
Showing a mere 28,000 miles on the clock, Van Halen's old Ferrari 550 is in "excellent working condition" and has also been "maintained and treated with care" which should inspire plenty of confidence when it crosses the auction block in a couple of days time. Included with the sale is the original registration in the name of Edward Van Halen and an original renewal in Eddie's name, which will serve to heighten the provenance of this already collectable vehicle.
Built between 1996-2002, the 550 Maranello was designed to be a successor to the F512M and is to this day considered to be one of Ferrari's best-ever front-engine cars. Power comes courtesy of a n/a V12 giving out 485hp to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission - which is an option Ferrari haven't offered since the Ferrari California ceased production back in 2012.
Judging from the photos, Van Halen's Ferrari 550 Maranello wasn't exactly left in stock condition, which follows the theme of his guitars. This front-engined icon has been retrofitted with a roll cage, fixed bucket seats and a six-point racing harness so that Eddie could go racing with his brother.
Van Halen's custom Ferrari 550 will be crossing the auction block on in just a couple of days time with a starting bid of $125,000, but the auction house estimates the car will sell for between $150,000 and $200,000. You can watch the auction for yourself here.