Ferrari Enzo

An anonymous and very generous benefactor has donated a Ferrari Enzo to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. The car, a US-spec 2003 model, will be auctioned off on Friday, September 15 at the annual "Runway for Life" event, a star-studded celebrity fashion gala taking place at the Beverly Hilton. Naturally, all paperwork, bespoke luggage, etc. is included with the supercar, which has a mere 1,300 miles on the odometer. It's red, of course.

Break out those wallets, kids. Bidding opens at $875,000 and the proceeds benefit St. Jude's, which works to cure cancer and other catastrophic diseases in children. With that in mind, we hope this one becomes the highest-priced Enzo ever to change hands.

If you're still in the giving mood, don't forget to help us spring spy photographer Brenda Priddy from jail to benefit the March of Dimes. When you donate, leave the comment "Saw this on Autoblog" and you could win one of Brenda's official spy hats.

(Press release after the jump)

[Source: St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital via PRNewswire]


PRESS RELEASE:

Rare $1 Million Enzo Ferrari Donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital(R)

Car To Be Auctioned Live at Runway For Life(R) in Beverly Hills to Help Children With Cancer and Other Catastrophic Diseases
-- One of only 400 Cars Ever Made Will Be Auctioned Live on September 15 in Beverly Hills to Raise Funds for the World-Renowned Children's Research Hospital --

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A private owner of one of the
most famous performance cars in history, an Enzo Ferrari, has donated the
rare, $1 million automobile to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to
help children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. The motor car
will be offered for sale during the live auction at the fourth annual
Runway For Life(R), the prestigious, high-wattage, celebrity fashion event
on September 15 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The donor of
this generous gift wishes to remain anonymous, and the auctioneer will be
Andrea Fiuczynski, president of Christie's Los Angeles.

This marks the second time that an Enzo has come up at public auction
to benefit a charity. Launched in 2003 by Ferrari, only 399 of these exotic
Enzos were ever manufactured and sold. One additional car was built and
presented to Pope John Paul II by Ferrari, which was later auctioned for
tsunami relief.

The Enzo Ferrari up for bid at Runway For Life(R) is model year 2003,
U.S. specification, with 1,300 miles and features a red exterior with black
interior. The car is being offered by its original owner and has been
garaged and maintained at a Ferrari workshop. All books, tools and custom
luggage are included with the car. Bidding on the car will begin at
$875,000.

Car aficionados will note the Enzo's racecar styling, 650hp 12-cylinder
engine, carbon ceramic brakes and the ability to go from 0-60 in 3.3
seconds with a top speed of 217 mph. The legendary Ferrari V12 at the heart
of this super car ensures that it is among the fastest street-legal cars in
the world. The scissor doors, carbon fiber body, steering wheel mounted
controls, and sequential paddle-shift transmission reflect the most
advanced concepts in Formula 1 racing technology.

The fourth annual Runway For Life(R) is sponsored by Disney's "The
Little Mermaid Platinum" Edition 2 Disc DVD and the Conair Corporation to
ensure that 100 percent of the net proceeds will benefit St. Jude
Children's Research Hospital and is expected to raise more than $2 million
for the world renowned children's research hospital.

The spectacular evening will also feature top models and celebrities
including: Cindy Crawford, Phil Donahue, Daisy Fuentes, Deidre Hall,
Patricia Heaton, Jane Kaczmarek, Anna Kournikova, Jenny McCarthy, Nancy
O'Dell, Jaime Pressly, Jeff Probst, Lisa Rinna, Cybill Shepherd, Alison
Sweeney, Marlo Thomas, Amber Valletta, Amy Yasbeck and more. The
celebrity-turned-models will walk a virtual underwater catwalk in an
under-the-sea adventure inspired by the film "The Little Mermaid." The
extraordinary action-filled evening will celebrate the underwater world of
"Ariel and friends" and will feature stunts, special effects and dance
sequences themed to the film.

Interested bidders are asked to email rani@pop.net for further
information about the auction.

About Runway For Life (R) and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital:

Runway For Life(R) event co-founders, Terre Thomas, daughter of St.
Jude founder Danny Thomas, and close family friend Robert Ellis inaugurated
Runway For Life(R) in 2002. To date, the event has raised more than $3.25
million to honor Danny Thomas' dream that "no child should die in the dawn
of life." For more information or to purchase tickets for the September 15
event at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, please call 310.996.1188.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for
its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and
other catastrophic diseases. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas
and based in Memphis, Tennessee, St. Jude freely shares its discoveries
with scientific and medical communities around the world. No family ever
pays for treatments not covered by insurance, and families without
insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by
ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit
http://www.stjude.org.