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Sammy Hagar spoke with USA TODAY’s Marco Della Cava about his motivation to continue creating and his days as Van Halen’s lead singer.
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Despite decades of high-voltage rock’n’roll, Sami HagarThe hearing is still fine. Except when her grandchildren try to get her attention.
“They’ll say ‘grandpa,’ and I won’t answer until my wife Carrie says something and I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s me,'” laughs Hagar. “Hard to imagine.”
Although Hagar still has a healthy body and a good voice at 76, the former Van Halen singer is facing one big concession in old age: He’s selling his girlfriend. 2015 Ferrari LaFerrariA ground-based missile for a vehicle he cannot control.
“My eyesight and reflexes are not good enough to drive this car, so I decided to let someone else enjoy it,” said Hager, first reporting the sale in USA Today. On the final weekend of the annual event, he will turn his car into a masterpiece Barrett-Jackson auction in ScottsdaleArizona, 20.-28. January 2024.
Although the car’s name caused a bit of a laugh when it first appeared a decade ago – it originally meant “Ferrari Ferrari” in Italian – it clearly meant: it was the pinnacle of what the company’s engineers were creating at the time.
So why sell this rare gem?
This is definitely not a hard sell. Hager was able to keep this and other similar cars because he had the privilege of admiring them on a daily basis. This was thanks not only to his success in rock music, but also to his decades of business acumen, highlighted by his car sales. Cabo Wabo Tequila to Grupo Campari Sky for $100 million More than a decade ago.
His cash balance also steadily increased through constant touring with his band ChrisWith guitarist Vic Johnson, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Jason Bonham (son of legendary Led Zeppelin skins master John Bonham).
“If I could park the car in the living room and sit in it and watch a movie with some popcorn, I would, but these cars, all cars, are designed to be driven,” said Hager, who collects Ferraris. and the occasional BMW, Ford and Aston Martin since its first solo fame in the 1970s. “This is the best car I’ve ever owned. But it’s time.”
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As impressive as the car’s looks and specifications are (more on that later), the expected price is even more surprising.
Priced at around $1.5 million for the 499 people lucky enough to get a limited-time allotment, Hager expects his LaFerrari to fetch up to three times the price. Or more, who knows.
“We’re going to look at the unique colors Sammy chose and see how much the car’s value increases with that,” said Craig Jackson, CEO of the auction house. “I’m optimistic.”
A blue LaFerrari has appeared in recent months It was sold at auction for just over $4 millionWhile fellow rocker Rod Stewartwho originally expressed interest in buying Hager’s 1,000-mile LaFerrari, found his own low-mileage model and He proudly posed with it in September For UK branch. No specific price was given, but there was speculation in the same price range.
Sammy Hagar custom built his Ferrari LaFerrari and wanted the interior to match his plane
Jackson noted that whoever buys the car will get a piece of Hazor history. The musician personally selected the soft cream exterior with the help of his wife and a Ferrari designer during various trips to the factory in Maranello, Italy. The dark leather and carbon fiber interior was chosen to match the interior of the Hager Jet. The steering wheel has his initials and date of birth.
“It was literally for Sammy,” Jackson said.
Hazor remembers being in an Italian restaurant near the factory and meeting none other than Piero Ferrari (son of the legendary founder Enzo, whose life would soon end). On the big screen, Adam Driver plays the patriarch in “Ferrari”.)
Hazor said: “He asked me about the color and I told him.” Piero smiled and said: Only one. I think he felt it was unique.
Hager plans to be at the auction in Arizona when his car passes through the area. He hinted that there might be some fun for the participants and the winning bidder.
“I’m still thinking about it,” he says. “Maybe the winner will come with me to the Cabo Wabo Club (in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico). I’m not sure, but it will be a fun event.”
Ferrari’s LaFerrari produced nearly 1,000 horsepower and reached a top speed of 217 miles per hour.
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But to cover the bare essentials beyond the attractive body shape, the car has a V12 engine mated to an electric motor for a full hybrid output of 949 horsepower (or about a fifth of the base Toyota Camry). It reaches 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and has a top speed of 217 mph. Anyone who has sat in one of these cars can tell you that acceleration leads to tunnel vision.
“My wife wouldn’t ride in that car with me. Nobody would,” Hager, who took a terrifying ride in that LaFerrari on an episode of Rather’s AXS show “The Big Interview,” told veteran journalist Dan Rather.
But rest assured, Red Rocker fans. A guy who can’t drive wouldn’t exactly trade his Ferrari for a pickup truck.
He’s looking forward to getting it, along with his current collection of vintage Ferraris, including the iconic black 512 BBi from the “I Can’t Drive 55” video. Neuer Ferrari Purusangoi – the first mass-produced four-door car and SUV, although Ferrari ignored it and preferred its own term FUV or Ferrari Multi-Utility Vehicle.
Silly shortcuts aside, the car promises amazing acceleration, handling and braking. Which is especially suitable for incurable speed demons.
“This car is my favorite style these days with kids, grandkids and dogs,” Hazor shrugs. “But that doesn’t mean I drive slowly.”