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Little Classics News: 25 May 2015

Rare Classic Ferraris to go on Display at Chateau Impney

Ferrari 250 GT

Two rare classic Ferraris, which are due to be sold to raise funds for the RNLI, will make their only public appearance ahead of their October auction as part of the Chateau Hill Climb Concours d’Elegance this July.

The multimillion-pound 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB (above) and 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 (below) are from the estate of the late Richard Colton, a renowned British V12 Ferrari collector who left the generous legacy to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in his will.

Ferrari 275 GTB

Motorsport enthusiasts attending the Chateau Impney Hill Climb on 11 and 12 July will have the unique opportunity to see the highly original cars up close as part of the event’s exclusive Concours d’Elegance ahead of the sale at auction in October by specialist classic car auctioneer H&H Classics.

Only 167 of the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT short-wheelbase (SWB) Berlinetta chassis 1995 GT were ever made, with just ten supplied new to the UK market. Today is on many experts’ list as one of the ‘most beautiful cars in the world’. It is also one of the most valuable, joining the 250 Testa Rossa and 250 GTO in the multimillion-pound club, making it a ‘must-have’ for any serious Ferrari collector.

1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB

Also included in the Concours d’ Elegance is a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 chassis (10177 GT) which began life as the Maranello Concessionaires demonstrator and was driven extensively throughout the UK and Europe by Colton. The Ferrari 275 model is considered by many to be the ultimate front-engined, Enzo-era Ferrari road car.

Both cars will exclusively feature in Chateau Impney’s Concours d’Elegance as part of the weekend-long Hill Climb, including a host of classic motorsport action from pre-1967 marques including the 100-year-old, 28-litre Fiat S76, better known as the ‘Beast of Turin, and more than half the world’s remaining pre-war ERAs. The line-up also includes everything from Bugattis, Aston Martins, Jaguars and Mini Coopers to unusual one-offs such as the GN Caesar Special.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4

Hill Climb spectators will have the opportunity to view the rare Ferraris ahead of their sale, together with exceptional vehicles including the Bentley Blower No 5 and a Jaguar XJ220.

Rod Spollon, chairman of the Chateau Impney Hill Climb Club, said: “We’re both delighted and privileged to welcome the well-cherished 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB and 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 from such a well-known collector to the Hill Climb’s Concours d’Elegance. These extraordinary cars will make a stunning addition to the line-up on display across the weekend.”

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