The iconic Ferrari sports car is one of the most recognizable, expensive and sought after sports cars in the world, but production of the Italian speedster is now being further limited from the sales in 2012, reportedly to maintain the exclusivity of the brand. For the first nine months of 2012, Ferrari delivered just 5,267 new cars worldwide, according to AutoCar.UK. 566 of the cars ended up in China, Germany took 534, Britain bought 504, Italy had just 238, and the United States took the lion’s share of 1,354, the biggest part of which ended up in California, reportedly a little over 300 of the them. And of those, most of them must have ended up in Orange County because on any given summer weekend one sure sees them in Newport Beach!
Ferrari’s are surely popular in California, even with its ailing economy, but I was a little surprised when I visited the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas recently, eager to kill some time and see their highly touted new “Ferrari Shop” and retail Ferrari store actually in the Hotel, to learn that to get a look at the cars in the showroom, I was required to buy a ticket for $10. I’d think just showing a hotel room key would have done the trick.
I kept the $10 in my pocket. Heck, Newport Beach is just a few miles from home!