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Trump's Old Ferrari F430 Sells Auctioned Off For $270,000
04-03-2017, 08:43 PM,
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Trump's Old Ferrari F430 Sells Auctioned Off For $270,000
Trump's Old Ferrari F430 Sells Auctioned Off For $270,000

<p>With Trump's approval rating recently sliding to record lows, it may be impacting various affiliated assets, such as a 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe (bright red, of course) which was previously owned by Trump, and which left the sale block before meeting reserve at auction on Saturday in Florida. <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-02/donald-trump-s-ferrari-disappoints-at-florida-auction">According to Boomberg,</a> <strong>bidding on the car stopped at $240,000, $10,000 below its reserve price</strong>. Hours later, the auction house issued a statement saying "we can confirm it exchanged hands just minutes after it left the podium" for in a private sale for a final price of $270,000, just barely making the cut. </p>
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<p>The 2007 Ferrari was purchased new by Trump a decade ago. He didn't drive the Ferrari much. Trump sold the supercar in 2011 with fewer than 2,400 miles on it.</p>
<p>The company did not say who purchased the vehicle and offered no further details about the off-the-record sale; we await the usual anonymous WaPo sources to report that it was an agent of the Kremlin who ended up buying the car above the gavel price to prevent Trump's assets from looking deflated. </p>
<p>Despite missing the reserve in the regular auction, this was still the most ever paid for an F430 Coupe with semi-automatic transition at auction according to Hagerty Insurance. It had been expected to take as much as $350,000. </p>
<p>Bloomberg notes that prices can vary widely on this exotic V8, 490-horsepower stallion. RM Sotheby's sold a 2008 Ferrari F430 GTC for €459,200 ($490,310) in January in Paris; a 2008 Ferrari F430 Scuderia sold for $182,600 at a Motostalgia sale in Amelia Island, Fla. And Sotheby's sold a yellow 2007 F430 Spider for $357,500 in 2016. Other F430s in various conditions can found online, for as much as $234,500 and as little as $121,000.&nbsp; </p>
<p>Pristine, low-mileage versions—especially those with manual transmission or special craftsmanship—hold value better than lesser examples. Trump’s included Daytona-style seats and Scuderia crests on the fenders; it had yellow dials, a radio with a CD changer, and a carbon dash insert.</p>
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<p><em>This 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe was formerly owned by Donald Trump</em></p>
<p>Since the car belonged to Trump, speculation immediately emerged as to why the price disappointed as much as it did. </p>
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<p>The low price could have been affected by the fact that the car belonged to a "polarizing" president who used it himself, said Jonathan Klinger, a spokesman for Hagerty. </p>
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<p>Trump purchased it new in 2007 and owned it for four years, enough to add on 2,400 miles. (Total mileage is near 6,000.) It’s certainly the only supercar to have been owned by a sitting president. Maybe it would have been worth more if Trump still owned it. (The car was offered to the auction house by its second and current owner.) </p>
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<p>“The appeal is slightly lower than if [bidders] were buying the car directly from Trump,” Klinger said.</p>
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<p>Perhaps Trump just got ahead of himself: according to Bloomberg, most sales of presidential memorabilia come after a former chief executive's death. Last year, a pair of cowboy boots owned by Ronald Reagan carried a high estimate of $20,000 but sold for $199,500; a concrete shard of the Berlin wall signed by Reagan sold for $277,500. It had been expected to take $20,000. </p>
<p>Saturday's disappointing auction appears to have been on outlier as previously Trump-owned cars have fared better at recent sales. </p>
<p>Trump's Cadillac limousine took $68,261 at a Bonhams sale last month in England. The total was four to seven times the average value of an American limo from the same era, according to Hagerty data. His Lamborghini Diablo took $460,000 in September last year—on EBay. That was 75 percent higher than today's current average price for Diablos. </p>
<p>Trump aside, the auction results suggest that the F430 is not necessarily a superior investment, something the vintage car market has shown for some time. Average values at auction for this model have fallen 15 percent over the last five years, according to Hagerty, hovering near $120,000 to $130,000 for a car with an F1 (paddle-shifter) gearbox. The original MSRP ranged from $185,000 to $215,000.</p>
<p>The biggest depreciating asset: the gearbox, which according to Klinger is the key to holding a car's value, specifically whether a car has a true manual transmission vs. the six-speed paddle-shifter in Trump’s Ferrari. </p>
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<p>“I would expect the cars with the F1 gearbox, like this one, to continue to depreciate for the near future,” Klinger said. </p>
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<p>“These were some of the last Ferraris available with manual transmission, making them worth considerably more than the F1 cars,” Klinger continued. “A manual car is worth somewhere from 50 to 75 percent more than the F1 gearbox cars.”</p>
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<p>The Ferrari's new owner will get the car with just over 6,000 miles on it, and the purchase comes with a copy of the original title boasting Trump's recognizable "bold signature," Auctions America said.</p>
<p>And with that piece of trivia out of the way, here are some more gratuitous photos of a red ferrari.</p>
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<p><em>Trump bought the car new in 2007 and registered it to Trump Tower</em></p>
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<p><em>The former Trump Ferrari uses F1-style paddle-shifting on a six-speed gearbox</em></p>
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<p><em>The car has a 4.3-liter, 490-horsepower V8 engine. Top speed is 196 miles per hour</em></p>
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<p><em>The car has Daytona-style sport seats</em></p>
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<p><em>In 2009, Ferrari discontinued the F430, which it had launched at the Paris Motor Show in 2004</em></p>


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