Man, I used to live in Adelaide. What I wouldn't give to see Lleyton cruising down North Terrace or Rundle Street!! Anyone from Adelaide here?
LLEYTON'S NEW LOVE
December 5, 2004
What a way to mend a broken heart . . . just weeks after his split from fiancee Kim Clijsters, former Wimbledon champion and world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt has been raising eyebrows around the streets of Adelaide driving this $420,000 black Ferrari.
Lleyton's early Christmas present to himself is a 360 Spider model with a top speed of almost 300km/h. He bought the Ferrari – the only one of its type in Australia – from a Melbourne dealership. In the wake of his split from former fiance Kim Clijsters, the 2002 Wimbledon champion has found solace in one of the fastest cars in the world.
And he is certainly raising eyebrows around the streets of Adelaide in his 360 Spider model, which has a top speed of 300km/h.
Hewitt, who has career earnings of more than $18 million, is taking a break over Christmas/New Year – spending plenty of time with close friend and Crows midfielder Andrew McLeod.
The pair have become the talk of Adelaide, frequently seen about town, including the basketball and the Adelaide Test.
Hewitt, 23, bought the Ferrari – the only one in Australia – from a Melbourne dealership, following in the footsteps of fellow Davis Cup star Mark Philippoussis, who previously owned a $600,000 Lamborghini Roadster. While Hewitt's Ferrari isn't quite in the same league, it's still proving to be a traffic-stopper.
The convertible two-seater boasts leather trim and a top-of-the-range stereo system, as well as all the other luxuries you'd expect from a car with such a price tag.
The Spider has 294kW – or 400 horsepower – and also has a fuel capacity of 95 litres, which means it costs about $100 to fill up. Hewitt, who bought the car from Lance Dixon Prestige Cars in Melbourne, took delivery on Thursday.
The company's website shows the car retails for $395,000. Stamp duty is $19,950, vehicle registration $500 and dealer delivery charges at least $3500 – lifting the total price to more than $420,000.
The Ferrari was ordered from the company's headquarters in Maranello, Italy, shipped to the Melbourne dealership and then trucked to Adelaide.
While red Ferraris are the most popular, Hewitt specifically wanted a black model. A salesman flew to Adelaide to personally deliver the car to Hewitt and then took a drive with him.
Lesson over, Hewitt then took a spin from his luxury West Lakes home to AAMI Stadium, where he showed off his latest acquisition to McLeod and other Crows players.
On Thursday evening, the two dined in Glenelg before leaving in the Ferrari and heading home.