ferarri_s06Believe It or Not! this floating “Ferrari” is actually a hand-carved wooden boat.

The Ferrari was created in 2001 by Italian artist Livio De Marchi, an old-world master known for his incredible wood carvings. The boat was created to sail the canals during the annual Carnival of Venice festival.

It took de Marchi five months to carve all 2,000 pounds of the Ferrari F50.

Maiden U.S. Voyage

The Ferrari is currently part of the Ripley’s Belieor Not! special exhibit at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, which continues through the end of the year.

Staffers at the San Diego Air & Space Museum have put in countless hours over the past few months in order to make the car seaworthy, and she is sailing her maiden U.S. voyage this Saturday, September 13th.

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Set Sail With Ripley’s

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 13, 6:30 – 7:30 am
WHERE: San Diego Bayfair
1404 Vacation Rd‎
San Diego, CA 92109

More than a Ferrari

Livio De Marchi has also hand-carved sea worthy wooden versions of other cars.

  • Mercedes Gull Wing
  • Jaguar
  • Vespa
  • Cinderella’s Pumpkin

Want to see them in person? We exhibit them at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorums all around the world!


You see this spectacular car at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Thailand.

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Mercedes Gull Wing

This wooden car is on display in Baltimore.

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Cinderella Pumpkin

This fantasy pumpkin carriage can be used on land or water.  Livio De Marchi created it to escort his daughter on her wedding day. One lucky Ripley’s employee was also extended the same honor for her wedding day.

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The Vespa is not a boat, but it’s one of our favorites, so we couldn’t leave her off the list! Right now you can see her in Gatlinburg.

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