Auc­tion View,

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - by Richard Hud­son-Evans

Hav­ing started life as a stan­dard 1964 Fer­rari 330GT, this right­hand-drive 2+2 was re-bod­ied in the Mo­dena work­shops of Gior­gio Neri (the ‘Ne’ of the for­mer Nembo) as a Nembo Spy­der in the late 1980s and sold by H&H in its lat­est auc­tion at Dux­ford for a de­servedly ap­plauded £609,500 (in­clud­ing pre­mium). The funds raised by the sale of the Fer­rari – listed in the sale at ‘no re­serve’ – will ben­e­fit the East Anglian Air Am­bu­lance, as stip­u­lated by owner, the late Richard Allen, who was Chair­man of the Fer­rari Own­ers’ Club for many years.

Reck­oned to have been worth some­where be­tween £500k and £1m be­fore the auc­tion, this, the fi­nal Nembo Spi­der (seen be­low) is the only RHD ex­am­ple and the only one with a four-litre V12.

It was one of three Fer­raris that per­formed well in the cav­ernous Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum at the for­mer WW2 air­field in Cam­bridgeshire. A 1958 250GT Pin­in­fa­rina Fixed Head donor that had also been ret­ro­spec­tively re-bod­ied in alu­minium as an ut­terly con­vinc­ing Cal­i­for­nia Spy­der LWB with the pre­ferred en­closed-head­lamps (in pe­riod, un­der­pinned by the same Tipo 508D chas­sis as the 250GT PF Coupé donor) was hammered away by house founder Si­mon Hope for £505,000. Al­though the £566,000 (with pre­mium) paid by the new owner was rather less than the £600,000-800,000 pre­sale es­ti­mate.

A big-screen video-in­tro­duced 1965 330GT, one of just 453 LHD Se­ries 1 cars sup­plied new to the USA by Luigi Chinetti, was pro­vi­sion­ally bid to £175,000, some £25,000 be­low fore­cast. The ‘live’ high bid was later ac­cepted by both the auc­tion­eers and the ven­dor, leav­ing it to change hands for £196,875 with pre­mium.

‘It’s the fi­nal Nembo Spi­der, and the only one with RHD and a four-litre V12’

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