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13 Dec 2008 | Local News : Singapore
For those of you who couldn't make it to Hong Seh Motor's 40th Anniversary Celebrations last weekend, here's what you missed out.
In case you didn't know, Hong Seh Motors is the local distributor for Ferrari, Maserati, and now, Spyker and Artega cars as well. Superbike brands MV Agusta and Cagiva are also under their belt, alongside with a range of high-end boat brands like Bertram and Riva.
No expense was spared to make sure the celebrations at the Formula One Pit Building went well. Even a luxury yacht made by Riva was hoisted in specially for display along the waterside.
The event lasted from 6th to 8th December and Hong Seh Motors donated all proceeds to the MILK Foundation.
Check out some of the beauties that were there.
This car really shouldn't need an introduction. Only 399 of this very special edition Ferrari were ever produced. In fact, it was so exclusive that the first group of customers were chosen based on eligibility to own such a car. The criteria? Already having an F40 and F50 sitting in your garage. With 650 hp from its V12 and a future classic status, who wouldn't want one?
At a price of S$1.05 million, the Spyker C8 Laviolette short wheelbase version offers fantastic looks, a great engine and undisputed uniqueness. Made by Dutch company, Spyker Cars, the C8 Laviolette houses an Audi 4.2-litre V8 engine with 400 hp and 480 Nm of torque. The short wheelbase C8 is capable of getting to hundred from standstill in 4.5 seconds and all the way to a top speed of 300 km/h
Designed by the same man who worked on the stunningly beautiful Aston Martin DB9 and made by Artega, the Artega GT is the only model offered currently. The introductory limited edition model, called the "Intro 2008", has a production figure of just 99 units and will carry "exclusive and unique" features. It has a rear-mounted 3.6-litre V6 from Volkswagen and is mated to a six-speed DSG transmission. Zero-to-hundred is done in under five seconds and flat out, it will hit "over 270 km/h".
Now, we normally aren't that interested in anything that has less than four wheels, but this craft really deserved our attention. Riva is an Italian boat maker and has a clientele list of numerous kings, sultans, actors and entrepreneurs. Specially hoisted in for display, the SportRiva 56' is a sort of 57 foot-long nautical version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe. Two V8 engines with 900 hp give it a maximum speed of 33 knots (61 km/h) and it can have up to 12 passengers on board. Those lucky enough to be on board will appreciate its ingenious use of space and exquisite materials.
To get a clearer understanding of Bertram's yachts, one would need to think of them as Hummers of the sea. Built with a deep vee hull design, their name is familiar with many sport fishermen who need a tough and rugged vessel. On an interesting note, if you google "Bertram review", the first result brings you to a page where a picture of half-grounded yacht greets you. Apparently, it had survived the wrath of Hurricanes Andrew and Opal pretty well; well enough to receive commendation on how strongly built they are.