From February 7th, an extremely rare Ferrari hydroplane will be put up for auction at Rétromobile in Paris, France and give the chance for someone to win an incredible piece of motor history. The Antares II is a one-person racer that was ordered by the Greek-Italian pilot Augusto Schapira for the 1954 racing season.
The boat’s two-tiered deck and taut lines draw their inspiration from the American racers of the 1950s, and can boast some impressive unique features:
- It is believed to be the only surviving Abbate construction with the famous Squalo engine.
- Genuine Ferrari F1 engine
- One of the only three hydroplanes with Ferrari engines
It is one of three Ferrari boats in existence, and the only model to be equipped with a modified Squalo 2800cc 4-cylinder engine (as used in Ferrari Formula 1 cars of the 1950s)
It also had a relatively illustrious racing career in Italy before being sold to a collector in the 1970s.It’s estimated that it will sell for between 400,000 and 500,000 euros.
Antares II is not simply a piece of Ferrari's history, but of all motor racing history.
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