Late collector donates two vintage Ferraris to the RNLI



2015-08-25 13:19:10

Two vintage Ferraris are set to cross the auction block next month, having been bequeathed in a will to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

H&H Classics will offer a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB and 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, which together are expected to raise millions of pounds for the RNLI.

The cars were owned by Northamptonshire businessman Richard Colton, who requested in his will that proceeds from the two cars be used to build a new lifeboat called Richard and Caroline Colton, named after himself and his late wife.

“We are deeply grateful and humbled by Mr Colton’s generous gift and his decision to benefit the RNLI in this way," said Guy Rose, Legacy Manager at the RNLI. "Six out of every 10 lifeboat launches are only made possible because of gifts left to us in wills, so they are vital to saving lives at sea. Mr Colton’s generosity will be felt most by our volunteer crews and the people whose lives they save.”

Colton was a renowned car collector, and an active member in the V12 chapter of the Ferrari Owners' Club. Both cars are well-documented, matching numbers examples in highly original condition, and are likely to attract international attention. 

The 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB was only the second steel, right-hand-drive car delivered, one of a pair ordered by Col. Ronnie Hoare to launch Maranello Concessionaires. “Perhaps Enzo Ferrari understood Colonel Hoare's eagerness to become the marque's UK concessionaire and made the Englishman tick all the options' boxes on his first two purchases?" said Damian Jones, Sales Manager of H&H Classics. "Whatever the reason, the result was a magnificent car.”

The 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 on offer is one of just 27 UK examples, and was also originally a Maranello Concessionaires demonstration model.

“We are honoured to have been chosen to handle this sale which is of national significance," added Simon Hope, Chairman of H&H Classics. "These stunning motor cars have been with Richard Colton for 40 years and meant a very great deal to him. So we are absolutely committed to realising the maximum amount for the cars. It promises to be an historic sale.”

The two Ferraris will be offered alongside other cars from Colton's collection, including a Jaguar E-Type 'Lightweight Evocation’ and a Jaguar XK120 Fixedhead Coupé, during an H&H sale at the Imperial War Museum on October 14.

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