Sammy Hagar joins the LaFerrari club, vowing to never drive 55
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As man caves go, the studio-slash-garage of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar looks modest from the outside. Just a one-story stucco affair in the Marin County town of San Rafael, Calif., nestled amid a series of industrial warehouses. But the car parked in the driveway — a green Ferrari 456 GT — begins to give away the automotive plot.
Just past the non-descript front door, a hallway brims with photos, gold records and other memorabilia from the rocker’s tours of duty as a solo artist, Van Halen frontman and Chickenfoot founder. But at the back of the building, past an impressive recording studio, is a cavernous room with a dozen sports cars. While marques such as Aston Martin, Lotus and Ford take a bow, this space is really all about one brand: Ferrari.
Hagar owns a half-dozen Prancing Horses, all of which I’ve seen him drive routinely over the decade that I’ve known him. Now he’s on the road to adding one more: a $1.4 million LaFerrari, the company’s latest supercar over which collectors the world over have been battling. Only 499 will be built, and one is destined for Hagar’s garage, a prospect that leaves the 66-year-old sounding more like a giddy six-year-old.
“I couldn’t be more excited, and I’m buying it to drive it,” says Hagar, whose passion for speed is neatly summarized in his autobiographical 1984 hit, “I Can’t Drive 55.”
“I suspect I might even have to take some more driving courses to really be able to pilot this baby with confidence,” he says. “From everything I’ve read about the LaFerrari, you need to recalibrate your brain when you get inside."
While the LaFerrari's 950 hp will push Hagar’s driving skills to the limit, the musician is no stranger to fast Maranello steeds. His first purchase dates back to the late ‘70s and a four-headlight 330 GT 2+2. When his solo album “Standing Hampton” raced up the charts a few years later, it was time to upgrade to a 1982 512 BBi, a black beauty that starred in Hagar’s music video for “I Can't Drive 55.”
That car remains in his stable today, alongside a 400i automatic coupe, an iconic and increasingly valuable Daytona, the aforementioned 456 2+2, and a custom-painted (by Ferrari) black with red stripe 599 GTB. Although he recently sold a prized 275 GTS to help finance the pricey LaFerrari, Hagar says he has no intention of letting any more cars go.