By Andy Sambidge
Police official denies reports that abandoned $1.6m car will be part of auction
A rare $1.6m Ferrari Enzo, left abandoned in Dubai for more than 18 months, will not be sold as part of an auction, it was reported on Wednesday.
While many Brits, Americans, Indians and Russians have asked to buy the limited edition red Ferrari, that has been gathering dust at the Dubai Police car pound, it is not for sale, officials have said.
Despite media reports about plans to auction off the car, Dubai Police told Dubai news website Emirates 24|7 that the cars have been seized as part of evidence from various crimes and would not be sold.
Captain Khalid Al Kamali was quoted as saying that nine luxury cars have been seized as they were part of theft cases.
"The one Ferrari Enzo and the another regular Ferrari are required by Interpol. So, the nine cars are not for sale," he said in comments published by the website.
He added: "They shall not be disposed of, except in accordance with procedures specified in coordination between the real owner of the car, Interpol and the Interior Ministry in the UAE."
Auctions will take place to see other cars that have been with the police for more than six months, and have not been involved in crime.
On Monday, UK media reports said the red Enzo, one of only 399 in the world, was one of 23 luxury vehicles going under the hammer in Dubai.
The car, which can reach speeds of up to 217mph, was impounded by police last year after being dumped in a car park by its British owner.
Abandoned cars became synonymous with Dubai’s debt crisis in 2009 to 2010 during which many expatriates fled the emirate in a bid to escape imprisonment as a result of loan defaults.