Quite a story. Due to this article I went straight into nostalgic mode. So had to watch a Martini commercial
Gee, just think about it, owning a new Ferrari 365GT4 2+2 and marry the Martini lady, not bad eh.
Back to reality and the auction:
Update 8-10-2015: Just after I published this blog I read on Fchat it's quite a known car:
But also this thread is providing more detail:
Coming back to Elie Ayache, I found also the following comment about him on FChat:
Ayache did many deals with Achilli Motors in Milan in the 70s and early 80s. Then Achilli was forced to close. Most of the cars delivered/sold to Ayache never went to Lebanon but rather stayed in Italy or the South of France. Marcel Massini
And interestingly I also came across the following snippet taken from this article:
Living in Muslim West Beirut when civil war broke out in 1976, Deborah and her first daughter, together with the nanny, made a dash for the green line and the safety of Christian East Beirut. In a later bombardment, they lost almost 30 new Ferraris (Ayache had the Ferrari franchise for the Middle East) and some Riva speedboats, all paid for and uninsured.