Ferraris Moved to Indy Warehouse Post-2004 Hurricane
Close by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway located at a discreet location for more than several decades lies an assortment of Ferraris, which is home to some of the highly renowned vehicles. Outstanding among them is a 1956 250 GT belonging to King Mohamed V of Morocco, along with a “long nose” 275 GTB that took part in the 1966 Targa Florio. Unquestionably odd is not only the coincidence of such collection of Ferrari being found here, but also how came they exactly to Indiana.
The devastating wrath of Hurricane Charley in 2004 ravaged South-central Florida, triggering floods and incalculable destruction. In its wake lay a barn housing some 20 rare classic Ferraris. These cars ranged from 1954 to 1991 editions and features models such as the 250 GT and the 275 GTB, plus a unique Mondial 500 Spider that had raced in the Mille Miglia of 1954 and the legendary NART 1978 Ferrari 512 BB Competizione, created by Luigi Chinetti Sr. for the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 2004 hurricane season was excruciatingly destructive, featuring four primary storms, not least of which was Charley, leading to more than $60 billion in losses and over 3,000 fatalities scattered throughout the Caribbean and Gulf Coast of the U.S. For this reason, a collection of Ferraris had to be moved to a warehousing facility in Indiana, where they laid undisturbed for nearly two decades.
Several of these classic cars retain evidence of the destruction occasioned by Hurricane Charley, when a portion of the barn that held them was wrecked. There is an array of destruction present, from scrapes and dents all the way to smashed windscreens and caved-in roofs. Other automobiles look intact, yet require a thorough cleaning to restore their original aspect. All are in primitive, untouched state, covered in their traditional paint and patina.
Many individuals were aware of the cars owing to their history on the track, however few were cognizant of their continued existence, and only a privileged few were informed of the entire lot. This is the ideal concoction for Ferrari connoisseurs and admirers, being akin to the holy grail of unearthed treasures. Finally, as part of this year’s RM Sotheby’s sale in Monterey, California, the whole collection is up for sale.
Are you hunting for a Ferrari or captivated by the variety they offer? Then glance no further than the duPont Registry for a selection of models for sale. They boast the latest vehicles like the Ferrari F8 Tributo and SF90 Stradale as well as timeless classics including the Dino 246 GTS and 512 BBi.
Source: RM Sotheby’s