Fer­rari gifted to air am­bu­lance

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - David Brown www.handh.co.uk

A 1964 Fer­rari 330GT Nembo Spy­der – val­ued at £200,000-500,000 – is to be sold at auc­tion in March to ben­e­fit the East Anglia Air Am­bu­lance ser­vice.

Rac­ing driver and mo­tor en­thu­si­ast Richard Allen, who died in Novem­ber 2016, gifted the car to the EAAA, re­mem­ber­ing when its he­li­copter came to help of one of his fel­low driv­ers af­ter a race crash.

The Fer­rari will be of­fered for sale at H&H Clas­sics’ auc­tion at the Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum, Dux­ford, Cam­bridgeshire on 29 March.

Allen ac­quired the spe­cially com­mis­sioned Nembo Spy­der – with its 4.0-litre V12 en­gine, chas­sis 5805GT – from Italy in the mid-1990s for his ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion. He de­cided not to drive it on the road but in­stead to dis­play it reg­u­larly at Fer­rari events in the UK. He was chair­man of the Fer­rari Own­ers’ Club (UK) for eight years.

‘ The gift op­por­tu­nity which this legacy of­fers would 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,’ says Pa­trick Peal, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the EAAA. ‘Our own hangar next door would mean adding some 180 avail­able shift hours a year, sig­nif­i­cantly in­creas­ing the num­ber of life­sav­ing mis­sions we could fly each year.’

Damian Jones, head of sales at H&H says: ‘ The cost of re­build­ing a Spy­der to the stan­dard of the one for sale with us would be at least £500,000 if it were done by a known name Fer­rari spe­cial­ist.’

Chris But­ler, fi­nan­cial di­rec­tor of the Fer­rari Own­ers’ Club and a close per­sonal friend of Allen’s says: ‘Richard was al­ways a huge Fer­rari fan and an avid Fer­rari col­lec­tor over the years. The FOC was very proud to have him as chair­man for eight years and a di­rec­tor of the club since way back in 1993.’

This spe­cially com­mis­sioned 1964 Fer­rari 330GT Nembo spy­der will raise money for the east anglia air am­bu­lance ser­vice.

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