Ok, let’s face it – pretty much every Ferrari is special. There’s something about that black prancing horse which is enough to make motoring aficionados weak at the knees and slightly giddy like a schoolgirl that’s discovered her first crush. However, the two Ferraris going under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro sale turn the special factor up to 11.
The two cars in question are a 1974 Dino 246 GT and a 1998 F355 Berlinetta. At first you may be asking what the fuss is all about, but let me delve a little deeper. The Ferrari Dino was named in honour of Enzo Ferrari’s late son and although some may say it’s not a ‘proper Ferrari’, it’s still sought after. This one will be even more sought after as it comes with factory fitted flared wheel arches and Campagnolo wheels. Bearing in mind there were only 13 examples like this ever produced for the UK market, you can imagine it comes with a rather hefty estimate. Are you sat down? Good. The estimate price for this Italian classic is £300,000-£350,000. Yeah, rather pricey. However, the car has been carefully looked after as you’d expect. Throughout its lifetime it has covered only 34,935 miles, plus it was professionally refurbished in 2014.
The second car to be auctioned is a 1998 F355 Berlinetra. It has a manual gearbox, which once again is a rare feature. Finished in the typical Ferrari red, this F355 also features black leather interior with matching black carpets, plus the steering wheel is on the right side. The car has only had one owner so far, therefore the mileage is very low – just 7,017 feature on the car’s odometer. In case you can’t quite afford the Dino, the F355 may be a decent compromise as the estimate is £85,000-£100,000. Ok, so that’s still not as affordable as let’s say a Ford Focus, but it’s still a third of the price…