You could own Eddie Van Halen's heavily modified Ferrari 550 Maranello
This petrolhead's dream car is FAR from stock and only has 28,000 miles on the clock!
As we all sadly know, the legendary rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen passed away in October at the age of 65 following a long battle with cancer. Whilst he was mainly known for his guitar-slinging exploits as a member of Van Halen, what's become a bit more known in the time following his death is his incredible love of cars. At various points he has owned a Lamborghini Miura (the engine noise of which featured on Van Halen's seminal hit Panama), a Porsche 911 GT3 RS, a RUF-modified 911 Turbo from 1996 that went up for sale about a year ago and two Audi R8s (one V8 and one V10). This Ferrari 550 Maranello is a car that he bought and modified specifically to take to the track with his brother Alex Van Halen and it's quite possibly one of the coolest pieces of automotive rock n roll memorabilia ever!
It's going up for auction via gottahaverockandroll.com tomorrow and, as you'd expect for a car that was bought and built specifically to be used as a racing car, it is far from stock. The sumptuous factory Ferrari interior has been almost completely ripped out, replaced by a roll cage and two bucket seats for the Van Halen brothers to blast around in the car together. Like all Ferrari 550s it has a 6-speed gated manual transmission and it appears that the engine hasn't really been touched (if at all), which is no bad thing considering that Ferrari V12 is an absolute beast of an engine anyway! The car has only done 28,000 miles since it was new, has documentation that proves that Eddie Van Halen was indeed an owner and was reportedly serviced by "the top Ferrari mechanic", whatever that means. Eddie Van Halen didn't own the car at the time of his death; he reportedly only owned it for about a year, most likely from between 2008 and 2009 if the documentation provided with the car is to be believed.
Do you fancy this piece of proper automotive history? Well, you're going to need to put at least $200,000 down in the auction to even get your bid counted and the auction estimate is anywhere from $250,000-$350,000. That's a hell of a lot of money, but what you're getting for that money is a unique version of one of the greatest Ferraris ever made with a bonafide former celebrity owner. When you take that into account, that high price is probably well worth it!