Out Run’s Ferrari Is Up For Sale At Sotheby’s With Classic Arcade Ad
There are lots of great video game cars, but the problem with most of them is that they're not real. You can't actually drive Mass Effect's Mako, you can't hop into Sweet Tooth's deadly ice cream truck, and while Final Fantasy 15's Regalia is loosely based on the Jaguar F-Type, it's still not an actual vehicle where you can hop over the door to go on a raucous road trip with your three best buds.
But there is at least one iconic video game car that actually exists. Out Run's red sports car is actually a 1986 Ferrari Spider Testarossa, which is coincidentally the same year that Out Run came out. The original Ferrari Spider Testarossa is a special one-off vehicle that was made as a gift for Fiat head Gianni Agnelli for his 20th anniversary as head of the company (and for funding Ferrari through some tough financial times). Since there was only one of these vehicles ever made, the only way anyone could ever experience it was to play Out Run.
That is unless you're an enormously wealthy royal family from an oil-rich Middle Eastern country. In 1990, Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina created seven copies of the Ferrari Spider Testarossa, each one slightly different to suit their respective buyers. Most of them were members of the Brunei royal family, and one, in particular, was painted a beautiful shade of red.
That car will soon be auctioned by Sotheby's in London (with thanks to PC Gamer). It has been lovingly restored after more than 30 years at Pininfarina’s Italian factory with a repainted hood and a refreshed interior, and it only has 413 kilometers on the odometer. The expected selling price is between $1.6 to $2 million.
And to make sure that every prospective buyer knows what truly inspired this car’s existence, Sotheby’s has created an ad that definitely leans into the vehicle’s Out Run heritage. It even has a blonde and brunette behind the wheel and splices together footage of Out Run while the pair dangerously weave through traffic.
I don't have $2 million to spend on a car, but if I did, this Ferrari would be high on my list of potential whips.
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