Sammy Hagar’s Ferrari auction postponed due to battery issue
Looks like Sammy Hagar’s prized Ferrari LaFerrari has a little bit of the blues to it.
The Red Rocker recently announced plans to auction off his rare 2015 Italian car at next week’s big Barrett-Jackson winter event in Scottsdale, Arizona. But this sale has reached the yellow light.
It looks like the temperamental stallion — its 950-horsepower hybrid engine can launch the car to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds — needs its specialist battery replaced. The LaFerrari features not only a gas V12 engine, but also powerful electric motors (a first for the Maranello plant).
A full inspection of the car, which Hager & Barrett-Jackson President Craig Jackson announced for sale in November, revealed that the battery was nearing the end of its scheduled eight-year life and that a new battery would not be available in time. For auction. The car is now scheduled to be a featured item at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in mid-October, just as the singer turns 77.
The car sold for about $1.4 million new, and Hager and Jackson hope this celebrity-owned special edition, with its unique colors, will set a new record approaching $5 million. British singing legend Rod Stewart recently bought a used LaFerrari, also in white.
“This LaFerrari is a true work of art and an absolutely explosive driving experience,” Hager said in a statement. “We wanted to make sure the next owner has a really clean supercar, so we’re moving it to the October auction.”
Anyone planning to attend the auction this weekend can take a look at Hajar’s horse. It will be on display throughout the event at Sammy’s Beach Bar in the South Hall at WestWorld, the event venue in Scottsdale.
Hagar has a long history with fast cars, collecting them since his early days as a solo artist and celebrating them in his famous song (a reference to “I Can’t Drive 55,” an ode that pays tribute to a dark period for speed freaks when the national speed limit was on the highways, yeah , 55 mph).
The musician also credits Fast Cars with landing him a spot in Van Halen. As the story goes, he and Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen shared the same Los Angeles-area auto mechanic, Claudio Zampolli. One day, Hagar was in the garage and heard from Zampolli that another client, Van Halen, was looking for a singer. The rest is multi-platinum history.
Hager’s sports car collection includes everything from American metal cars (Ford) to German highway cars (BMW), but he’s always had a special place in his heart for Ferraris ever since he saw J. Geels of the band J. Geels drive away in one .
The 2015 LaFerrari is the star of the Hager Ferrari team, but these days, the ultra-fast hypercar is, quite simply, too hot to handle.
“My eyesight and my reflexes are not what they should be to drive this car, so I decided someone else needed to enjoy it,” Hager told USA TODAY in November. “If I could park that car in the living room and sit in it with some popcorn and watch a movie, I would. But these cars, all cars, are designed to be driven. It’s the most amazing car I’ve ever owned. But the time has come.”