It’s not everyday you see a luxury sports car show up on Minnesota’s “surplus” auction website — where the state sells decommissioned cop cars and impounded vehicles — but there it is in all its glory: a 1985 Ferrari 308 GTB Quattro.
According to its entry on minnbid.org, the sweet ride was “forfeited” to the state, and it “runs and drives” — with a jump start, that is.
Okay, so it’s got its issues. Like “scratches and dings.” And the “key does not work in the doors.” But c’mon. It’s a Ferrari. And there’s only 66,652 miles on the odometer. Not bad for a 36-year-old dream car.
There’s just one little obstacle if you want it to be yours: you’ll have to beat the current high bid of $46,600. And you’ll have to pony up the money by Tuesday, February 23 at 10:00 am, when the auction closes.
Naturally, bidders are intensely curious about this rare find. In the auction entry’s “Q&A” section, one prospective buyer is curious how the state valued the admittedly old car. Another asks, “Can this Ferrari go from 0 to 300 in about 5 seconds like my bathroom scale can?”
(Yes, someone really asked that.)
Yet another asks what we’re probably all wondering: “what in the hell is the state of Minnesota doing with car like this.”
Minnbid.org doesn’t give much detail, other than saying it was forfeited, i.e. given up by the owner after an impound. But according to the Star Tribune, it came from a 2018 drunk driving arrest in Burnsville, where state troopers found it stalled in the middle of an intersection.
The paper says that its driver, a 73-year-old Minnetonka man who “smelled like alcohol and was slurring his speech,” was arrested, and though he later fought in court to get his Ferrari back, a judge ultimately ruled against him and it became the property of Minnesota.