Forget an LS or a Barra swap, what about a prototype Ferrari V12 swap? That’s what’s on offer at one high-end vehicle auction in the United Kingdom.
Renowned automotive auction house RM Sotheby’s, as part of its “Garagista Collection” auction in London, is flogging off a new old stock (NOS) 6.3L Tipo F140 DA Ferrari FXX V12 engine, still in its factory crate and complete with inlets, airbox, ancillaries, and loom.
According to RM Sotheby’s, it’s the first and only complete NOS Ferrari FXX engine to be offered for sale publicly anywhere in the world… And we’d be inclined to believe them. It’s hard to overstate how much of a rarity this is, as well as how powerful this engine can be.
For those not in the know, the Ferrari FXX was a high-performance track-only developmental prototype based on the Ferrari Enzo that represents one of the most mental cars the Italian marque has ever made. Only 30 were ever produced from 2005 to 2007, the most famous of which is a black example owned by Michael Schumacher, which he famously took around the Top Gear track masquerading as ‘The Stig’.
In the top-spec FXX Evoluzione, the Tipo F140 DA engine made a whopping 633 kW/690 Nm and could get that car from 0-100km/h in a very brisk 2.5 seconds. The F140 V12 is still in production today – it’s what’s going into the new Purosangue, for example.
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But a proper FXX engine, with all the kit you need to make it work, in mint condition? We can’t think of a better engine to drop into your project car, whether that’s a Ferrari, a Fiat or a Ford Falcon.
The price? RM Sotheby’s has an auction estimate of £200,000 to £350,000 (~US$245,000 – $430,000 or AU$366,000 – $641,100). For that sort of money, you could buy a brand-new Ferrari Roma. But can you really put a price on the most bonkers engine swap in history?
We just want to know how RM Sotheby’s managed to come across such a rare donk. Who just has an FXX engine lying around…
This super-rare crate engine isn’t the only oddball thing up for auction as part of the Garagista Collection, which contains all sorts of supercar parts and memorabilia. Other choice lots include a Ferrari Dino engine and gearbox; a 1956 Lamborghini DL25 tractor (yes, Lamborghini makes tractors) and a full set of original McLaren F1 GTR rims.