Art cars are being made all the time – some more tasteful or artistic than others. It’s rare to see one come up for sale, though. But that’s just what we have here.
Consigned to RM Sotheby’s for its upcoming auction in Fort Lauderdale is one such art car, painted by British pop artist Ben Levy.
As you can see, it’s based on a Ferrari – one of three painted by different artists for the 2015 Art Basel festival in Miami. But it’s not just any Ferrari. This is a Ferrari race car.
An F430 Challenge, to be specific – the model that served as the backbone of the Prancing Horse marque’s spec racing series from 2007 (when it took over from the previous 360 Challenge) through 2010 (when it was replaced by the 458 Challenge). By 2015, it’s racing career over, it was handed over to Levy for the special paintjob.
As you can see, it’s plastered in words of different colors, covering the black bodywork. Underneath it sits the same 4.3-liter V8 as the road-going version, producing the same 483 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque. But its exhaust system, suspension, brakes, wheels, tires, and cockpit are all specific to the racing model. In fact it was the first Ferrari sports car to employ carbon-ceramic brakes.
It’d make for one heck of a track toy, in short, or a brilliant display for the lobby of an office building or private mansion. If you have just the use in mind, it’s anticipated to sell for $120-160k the Broward County Convention Center in less than a month from now.