05/06/2023 General News
Robbie Savage’s Ferrari F430 to be sold at H&H Classics auction
A Ferrari owned by former Wales international footballer Robbie Savage is among the highlights of a star-studded classic car auction to be held later this month.
The Ferrari F430 Spider was purchased by the former Manchester United and Leicester City midfielder in 2006, during his time at Blackburn Rovers – perhaps as a celebration following his brace of goals during Blackburn’s UEFA cup campaign that year.
It will be among around 100 classic, collector and performance cars appearing at the H&H Classics auction at IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire on 14th June, 2023, and is expected to fetch between £70,000 and £80,000. H&H experts describe the 25,000-mile supercar as driving “extremely well” and having recently undergone professional detailing.
Launched in 2004, with the drop-top Spider version coming a year later, the F430 was “regarded by most critics as, if not perfect, as close to theoretical Ferrari road-car perfection as a Ferrari had ever been”, according to motoring journalist John Simister, writing in Evo magazine in 2013.
The 193mph convertible was penned by legendary design studio Pininfarina, under the guidance of styling supremo, Frank Stephenson who also counts iconic models such as the McLaren MP4-12C, Maserati MC12, the first ‘new’ MINI and reborn Fiat 500 among his career highlights.
The F430 Spider’s beauty is more than skin deep: it was the first drop-top Ferrari to feature the firm’s now-legendary 4.3-litre V8 engine mated to a choice of six-speed manual, or the ‘F1’ paddleshift. The F430 was also the first Ferrari to be fitted with Ferrari’s ‘E-Diff’ electronic differential and F1-inspired ‘Mannetino’ – a rotary switch on the steering wheel that allows the driver to fine tune the car’s responses.
Savage bought the car which came in Ferrari’s classic Rosso Corsa red hue. It’s a colour scheme that follows through to the interior and is complemented by a pair of beige leather sports seats, emblazoned with Ferrari’s prancing horse logo on the headsets.
Other highlights in H&H’s eclectic and varied auction include a one-off Bentley S2 Continental, a Jaguar SS100, a Ford Puma ‘Works’ rally car, a Corvette Stingray and one of the rarest Smart cars of them all, the door-less and roof-less Crossblade.
H&H Classics has been hosting some of the world’s most important classic car auctions for 30 years, and in 2015 became one of only five auction houses to sell a car for more than $11 million. The Queen’s Daimler, Prince Philip’s Lagonda and Princess Anne’s Bentley have all been sold at H&H Classics auctions.
In October 2021, H&H became an employee-owned trust, meaning that the business is owned and operated by its employees.
To find out more about the IWM Duxford auction, or to have your classic valued or consigned, visit H&H Classics website.