The Pope prefers a Fiat 500. President Donald Trump prefers a Ferrari — at least he did for a few years. But the 2007 Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe, purchased new by the former businessman, is now up for auction by its second owner.
The auction, conducted by Auctions America, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., will be held April 1.
Introduced in September 2004 at the Paris Motor Show, the F430 is designed by Pininfarina. Formula 1 traits, including new aerodynamics and an electronic differential, were included as well as a steering wheel mounted manettino switch. It allowed for quick adjustment of vehicle dynamics.
Resplendent in Rosso Corsa, the F430 features Scuderia Ferrari shields on the fenders. The car is powered by a 4.3-liter, 490-hp V-8 engine capable of propelling the car to a top speed of 196-mph. It’s paired to a six-speed F1 paddle shift transmission, cutting shift times down to an astonishing 150-milliseconds. The interior is completed in Beige leather featuring Daytona-style seats, a leather headliner and Castoro (light brown) carpet. The gauge cluster features Giallo (yellow) instrumentation as well as carbon fiber inserts throughout the dashboard.
The car was titled as a personal vehicle, proven by a copy of the title, which is included in the sale. The title included President Trump’s Trump Tower, New York address and his distinctive, bold signature. President Trump owned the car for a little over four years during which time the car accrued a little over 2,400 miles. A copy of the original title and sticker is part of the sale.
The F430 was purchased by its second and current owner in August of 2011 and has remained a low mileage example, with less than 6,000 miles. Accompanying the F430 are original books, manuals, tool kit, car cover with a bag as well as the charging kit. Service records are included as well, with work completed by Ferrari – Maserati of Long Island. A fluid service and New York state inspection are the most recent service records.
The F430 was produced through 2009. It was replaced by the Ferrari 458.
President Trump is believed to be the only U.S. president to own a supercar. His former Ferrari has an estimated value between $250,000-$350,000.
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