If there is one thing guaranteed to turn more male heads than Angelina Jolie in a swimsuit, it is the sight of a classy sports car. An elite clutch of car makers construct vehicles capable of producing this effect, including perennial favourites Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. But few can come close to matching the Ferrari, with its smooth lines, iconic status, fanatical following and sheer testosterone-pumping machismo.
Devotees with a few million dollars to spare should mark May 23 next year in their diaries because Sotheby's will be holding a rare auction at the company's celebrated premises in Maranello, Italy. It plans to sell not only some of its finest and fastest modern sports cars, but also some unique historic racing cars. Pride of place for Formula 1 enthusiasts will go to the F2004 (below), the car in which seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher roared to victory in the first five races of last season. It is expected to fetch more than $7.7 million. Also on sale will be the legendary Ferrari 412 S - 1958, which has been driven by bygone racing giants Phil Hill, Richie Ginther and Jon von Neumann. For inquiries, tel: 44 20 7293 5000; www.sothebys.com/ferrariauction.