Wednesday’s H&H sale has one main headline, the sale of a 1960 250 GT SWB and a 1967 275 GTB/4 from the estate of the late Richard Colton a renowned British V12 Ferrari collector. What makes the story remarkable is that Richard requested the proceeds from the sale of the two cars to go the RNLI. Both the cars are in exceptionally original condition and are matching numbers cars. The money from the sale will go towards building a new lifeboat called ‘Richard and Caroline Colton’
Guy Rose, Legacy Manager at the RNLI, said: “We are deeply grateful and humbled by Mr Colton’s generous gift and his decision to benefit the RNLI in this way. 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.”
Expect the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 and the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB to sell extremely strongly especially with the good cause involved. We expect the combined sale price to exceed £5m.
The sad demise of the Group B rally category in 1986 caused a lot of headaches for car manufacturers who had spent millions designing and building unique, highly powerful cars. The answer was to take the rally cars and prepare them as road cars and try to recoup some of their losses. The RS200 had its rally debut just months before the series was banned after the untimely death of Henri Toivenen in a Lancia S4. The RS200s were sent to Tickford for preparation and sold for £50,000. Prices have steadily risen and today this car is offered with a estimate of £130,000 – £150,000, strong money for a Ford, but this car is in the best of health and condition and represents a perfect unmolested example of the iconic rally car.
Ferrari 550 Maranello
A modern era manual gearbox Ferrari is fine investment right now. If you can gather the funds, now is the time to buy as they will simply keep going up in value as the manual gearbox becomes a part of history. This example is also part of the Colton Collection and therefore has been well looked after, but it does feature a few body marks, but as an honest car these are merely tiny issues that can be easily resolved. With just 29,000 miles on the odometer, this car could be purchased, enjoyed on a few European road trips then put in to a garage for a tidy up and sold on for a nice profit. Perfect.
Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evolution
Finally we have an original and unrestored Lancia Integrale. These cars are increasingly hard to find and have enjoyed a similar price rise to that of the BMW E30 M3. An iconic car that will never lose value due to its rarity and school boy poster image to so many who are now in the position to buy their dream cars. The current owner has had the car in his possession for five years and has only ever treated it to dry use. While it won’t ever make you a millionaire, it’s a better investment than a bank account!