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Author Patrica Cornwell donates rare Ferrari Superamerica for San Diego veterans' auction

Patricia Cornwell, the bestselling author, has signed over the title to her limited edition 2005 Ferrari 575 Maranello Superamerica, appraised at $250,000, to Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD), to be sold for public auction on Dec. 9th, 2010 at 7 p.m. ET.

The rare, 2005 Ferrari 575 Maranello Superamerica is one of only 559 produced. It boasts a 540 horsepower, V12 engine, and has a top speed of almost 200 miles per hour. Its condition is “showroom new,” inside and out, with only 5,865 miles on the odometer.

With the flip of a switch, the car goes from a hardtop to convertible with the unique, rotating glass roof panel that hinges back over the rear deck for open-air motoring. It’s a “mature Ferrari” with its Grigio Mettalico or dark gunmetal grey metallic with matching dark graphite leather interior.

It also sports the GTC Handling package which includes sport-oriented suspension, upgraded wheels and tires, upgraded exhaust system and carbon ceramic brakes. This is more than a sports car, it’s a “work of art” whose value will surely and dramatically increase with time.

Bidders can participate in the live auction, held at the Ferrari of New England dealership in Norwood, MA, or live online at Menish Auctions. The auction will be conducted by Bill Menish of San Diego.

All proceeds will go to Veterans Village of San Diego, a nationally recognized nonprofit and nongovernmental organization that specializes in prevention, intervention, treatment, aftercare and employment services for military veterans, including men and women who have recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, to address the alarming national crisis that continues to worsen.

Cornwell said: “We have got to take care of our veterans. What struck me about Veterans Village of San Diego is that they are a model for how we can help service men and women re-enter society when they come home from war.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeDt-itpLRI[/youtube]

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