By Quentin Fottrell
Pay Dirt really didn’t want to write a Charlie Sheen story, but… The current owner of the troubled actor/playboy/raconteur’s old 1997 Ferrari 550 wants to sell the car. There is a current bid of $58,400. It could be yours on eBay for a “Buy It Now” price of $79,500. But before you turn your nose up at that offer: Robert Jewett, the seller, will include a major servicing done by Ferrari of Denver. That may or may not swing it for you.
Jewett, 49, who works as an emergency services helicopter pilot in Cleveland, Ohio, bought the car in 2005 from the man who bought it from Sheen. He lives in Denver, Colorado and works week-on, week-off … a 1,100 mile weekly commute. Not in Sheen’s old Ferrari, obviously. He flies commercial. “I’m sorry for his misfortune,” Jewett tells Pay Dirt. “With the state of the economy, I’m lucky there are people even looking at it.”
As Jewett is turning the big 5-0 later this month, his wife of 31 years thinks it’s funny that he’s selling the car now. After all, when some men turn the half-century and have a midlife crisis, they usually go out and buy a Ferrari, they don’t suddenly decide to sell one. Speaking of which, what did his wife say when he bought it? “Nice car” was her terse response, according to Jewett. “Then she turned and walked away.”
The Ferrari is also due a major service and Sheen, the former star of the sitcom Two And A Half Men, is currently embarking on his nationwide stage show to freezing cold reviews, so naturally Jewett thought it was a good time to sell. It also comes with the Warranty Card, which lists Sheen as a previous owner. “Maybe it’s good timing, maybe it’s bad timing,” Jewett says. Though he acknowledges, “It’s not the kind of car you get for an investment.”
Most people who contacted him to inquire about the Ferrari were legitimate, Jewett says. It’s had 21 bids, and counting, and 6,800 people have looked at the car online. The previous owner didn’t tell Jewett that Sheen owned the car. And now? “With Mr. Sheen’s notoriety, I’m going to take advantage of the fact that his name is out there right now. A year ago nobody would care if it was Charlie Sheen’s car at all.” Pay Dirt doesn’t advise that Jewett wait another 12 months.