Are you a mega-wealthy car enthusiast that's always eager to be first in line when it comes to supercars? Here's a tip for you: Buy a plane ticket (or fuel up the jet) and head on down to Florida for the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance.
Now in its fifth year, this upper-crust car show has been gaining momentum in the concours community, in part by scoring a lot of "firsts" for the auction portion of its event. Auctiongoers in past years have had a shot to buy the first U.S. examples of the Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10 and Spyder R8, Ferrari California and 458 Italia and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
On the docket for this year's festivities? How does the 2012 Ferrari FF, 2012 Audi R8 GT and 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster. According to The DuPont Registry, each car will be the first of its kind sold in the United States. If you need to pick up something for your kids or the wife, Mercedes has also supplied a 2012 CLS63 Limited Edition, of which only 30 are to be made – and, of course, this is also the very first one sold.
*UPDATE: If you were booking travel arrangements to Florida with the goal of winning yourself the first example of Ferrari's FF shooting brake... don't. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County (the organization for whom the concours auction is to benefit) has issued a formal retraction – the Ferrari FF will not be available for auction. Please read the official press release after the jump for more details.
[Sources: DuPont Registry, Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County]
THE 2012 FERRARI FF WAS NEVER MADE AVAILABLE TO THE LIVE AUCTION AT THE 2011 BOCA RATON CONCOURS D' ELEGANCE
BOCA RATON, FL (February 18, 2011) – A press release was previously distributed which stated that the 2012 Ferrari FF was going to be auctioned off at the 2011 Boca Raton Concours d' Elegance, an event benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Recent developments have revealed an error in the initial release. The 2012 Ferrari FF will not be available for auction during the Concours hosted February 25-27, 2011.
The Live Auction hosted during the Black-Tie Optional Gala on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, will still offer gala guests the opportunity to bid on the first in the country 2012 Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster and the first in the country 2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG Limited Edition – one of only 32 produced for the USA; and the first in the country 2012 Audi R8 GT, among other exclusive items.
For additional information on the Boca Raton Concours d' Elegance and to see a full schedule of events please visit www.bocaCDE.com. As the event evolves, the website will provide up-to-date important information – so check back daily. All events are open to the public with tickets sold separately. Tickets can be purchased for the Friday night duPont Registry Live! Hangar Party for $50 per person; the Saturday Gala dinner for $500 per person; the Sunday Concours Automobile and Motorcycle exhibit for $50 per person and the Concours d' Gourmet Café for $25. To purchase tickets, please call 954-537-1010 or visit www.bocaCDE.com.
**For Media Inquires or Information about the 2011 Boca Raton Concours d' Elegance contact:
Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County