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Two rare Ferraris donated to lifeboat charity go under the hammer


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Two rare Ferraris donated to lifeboat charity go under the hammer

A car enthusiast has generously gifted a lifeboat charity two rare Ferraris which shifted for more than £8.5million this week.

Richard Colton, a businessman from Northamptonshire, died this year at the age of 82 and left his beloved cars to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Mr Colton wanted to raise enough money to fund a new lifeboat to be named after him and his late wife, Caroline, despite the fact he was nervous of the sea according to the BBC.

The first Ferrari to go under the hammer at auction was a red 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB which sold for £6.6m - this was one of just 10 of this car supplied to the UK by the Italian car manufacturer. Experts have described the Ferrari 250 GT SWB as 'one of the most beautiful cars in the world'.

Also sold was a silver 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 that was bought for £1.93m - a car that was owned by Hollywood legend Steve McQueen. The car was auctioned by H&H Classics at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridge.

Mr Colton is understood to have restored both Ferrari and driven them all over Europe and was described as 'shy and private' said the BBC.

The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea and provide, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, as well as and a seasonal lifeguard service.

RNLI chief executive Paul Bossier said the charity was 'overwhelmed by the sale price of the two Ferraris' and insisted that a new lifeboat would be named after Mr Colton and his late wife.

Mr Colton also left a Jaguar E-Type V12 Coupe, whose former owners included George Best, and a 1976 Jaguar XJ-C 12, which featured in the 1970s' TV series The New Avengers to the RNLI. The E-Type sold for £43,000 and the XJ-C went at £62,000.

The most expensive in the world to be sold at auction is a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta which went for more than £22m in the USA last year. Read the full story here.

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