A rare Ferrari sports car impounded by police as part of an Interpol case has been attracting bids from car fans – including an offer of Dhs6 million from an American enthusiast.
Dubai Police said the Enzo model – one of just 300 built by the Italian car manufacturer – was found abandoned in 2012. And it has attracted significant interest.
Usually police will auction off abandoned or seized vehicles after a period of time – some starting as low as Dhs10,000. However, the Enzo cannot be sold because it is subject of a complicated legal case.
Dubai Police said the supercar was originally abandoned in a parking lot by its British owner and made headlines when it was found, covered in dust, 20 months later.
Colonel Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, director of Traffic Department at Dubai Police, said the force still receives “many calls” from buyers interested in the distinctive 2002 model.
He told 7DAYS: “The car remains in limbo as there is a legal dispute about it. Recently an American man, who is interested in buying rare cars, offered us Dhs6 million for it, but we can’t do anything with it for the moment.”
Al Mazroui said that the owner bought the car in 2011 and then left the country. He did not say why the owner abandoned it but that it came to police attention when officers discovered it was wanted as part of an Interpol investigation outside the UAE.
Al Mazroui said: “The Enzo Ferrari is one of a limited number of custom-made cars. There are only 300 Enzos in the world. This legal dispute has delayed us doing anything with the car so it’s still in our detention centre.”
The Enzo is one of the top 10 fastest road cars ever produced. It can accelerate from 0-100kph in just 3.4 seconds.
Police said the vehicle was originally being kept outside, but has been transferred to a warehouse to prevent sun damage.
Officers stressed that the car is still not for sale because Interpol has identified the vehicle as stolen, or bought with stolen assets.
The legal dispute over ownership remains active with Dubai Courts. It is understood a number of parties dispute its ownership, including the owner of the car showroom that originally sold it, the buyer and others.
“Despite the many years that have passed, it’s still a unique masterpiece,” Al Mazroui said. He added that the vehicle’s licence plate had many traffic fines outstanding when it was discovered.