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A Tale Of Three Fascinating Ferraris in £4.4m Sale

30th March 2017

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A Tale Of Three Fascinating Ferraris in £4.4m Sale


A 1964 Ferrari 330GT Nembo Spider sold at auction by H&H Classics yesterday (March 29th) for £609,500 (with Premium) to benefit the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. It was part of a 121 car sale which made £4.4 million.

Racing driver and motor enthusiast Richard Allen who passed away on November 26th 2016 gifted the car in his will to sell for the benefit of the EAAA Service. His generosity was motivated by a memory - an East Anglian Air Ambulance Service (EAAA) helicopter coming to the help of one of his fellow race drivers after a crash. 

The gorgeous metallic blue Ferrari had been estimated to sell for a figure in excess of £500,000. The car is widely acknowledged as the fourth and final Nembo Spider to be built even if it was completed some twenty-five years after its siblings. The only right-hand drive Nembo Spider, it was also the sole example to be powered by a 4 litre V12 engine. Richard Allen acquired the two-seater from Italy in the mid-nineties and decided not to drive it on the road but displayed it regularly at Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain concours events. The car became the most beloved of all the Ferraris in his extensive collection. 

“The gift opportunity which this legacy offers will enable to us to proceed with the building of a bespoke hangar to house our Helicopter, Anglia 2, at Cambridge airport some 400m from our base. Having our own hangar just next door would mean adding some 180 available shift hours a year significantly increasing the number of lifesaving missions we could fly each year.”

The estimated investment needed to build the Hangar is close to £200,000 so the impressive hammer price achieved by H&H will also enable us to evaluate the possibility of introducing a 24/7 service (something our ground crews, pilots and medical staff have already selflessly volunteered). The EAAA is all about changing what could be the last day of your life into one that is merely the worst day in your life. We feel deeply honoured to have been the recipient of Richard Allen’s thoughtfulness and generosity – his legacy will be to help us save many more lives.” 

Patrick Peal | CEO, East Anglian Air Ambulance

Richard Allen, was chairman of the Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain for many years. He was impressed with how H&H handled the Colton Ferrari sale which raised £10m for the RNLI and he also liked the idea of selling the Nembo in East Anglia.

The car was sold with an artistic bonus, a stunning image of the car by automotive artist, Martin Tomlinson of Duxford, Artist in Residence with H&H Classics.

“It was a great joy to paint this one-of-a-kind Ferrari, given its stunning looks and its ultimate benefit to EAAA which will help to save lives.” Martin’s works are collected by some of the best-known classic car collectors in the world.

Martin Tomlinson | Automotive Artist-in-Residence