Sports cars for good causes: now there's a charity.
While the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy may be fading from the news, trust us—the damage inflicted on the New York/New Jersey area hasn’t gone anywhere. Thousands of homes and dozens of neighborhoods still lie damaged or destroyed from Long Island to Atlantic City, and tens of thousands of people still need help. So we’d like to thank Ferrari for auctioning off North America’s first F12berlinetta for Sandy relief during the United States Grand Prix last weekend.
To their credit, the wealthy USGP attendees did their part as well; they drove bidding on the F12berlinetta (which has a base price of $315,888) up to $1.125 million. Combined with other donations made to Ferrari’s fund, and the total amount being given to the American Red Cross to help with Sandy relief reached a little more than $1.5 million.
Of course, Ferrari isn’t the only car company donating money to the Sandy relief efforts. As The New York Times discovered, plenty of other carmakers have been ponying up the dough:
->BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota each donated $1 million to the American Red Cross
->Volkwagen and Hyundai each donated $500,000 to the American Red Cross
->Mazda donated $100,000 to the Red Cross, and also made $5,000 grants to two food banks
->General Motors donated $250,000 to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, as well as donating 50 Silverados and Express cargo vans to the Red Cross
->Ram (i.e. Dodge Trucks) donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross, along with 20 Ram 1500 Tradesman trucks
->And Ford donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross, as well.
Good to see the car industry helping out.
First Ferrari F12 Berlinetta Delivered To U.S. Sells For $1.125 million, over $1.5 million raised for the American Red Cross
As it has already successfully done in the aftermath of recent natural disasters in Japan and Italy, Ferrari has once more moved to support relief efforts, raising a total of over $1.5 million for the American Red Cross society to help the areas most afftected by the Hurricane Sandy superstorm.
The first F12berlinetta to be delivered in the U.S. was sold for $1.125 million at auction on Saturday at a Ferrari event in Austin, Texas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix weekend. Since the superstorm hit two weeks ago, Ferrari had already raised a further $345,000 in in-kind donations thanks to the generosity of dealers, clients and friends. During the auction a further sum of over $50,000 was raised through on-line and personal donations bringing the total of fund-raising activities to over $1.5 million.
The F12berlinetta, the most powerful production car in the history of the Prancing Horse, debuted in the U.S. at the Concours d’Elegance of Pebble Beach earlier this year to critical and public acclaim. The first delivery is due in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2013 and there was strong participation in the auction with a starting bid of $315,888 that quickly rose to $1.125 million thanks to bidders who were both in attedance in Austin and who pre-arranged to bid via phone.
It is still possible to make donations to the superstorm relief efforts through the America Red Cross society’s website in a dedicated Ferrari area: https:american.redcross.org/ferrari