AUCTIONEERS Coys are putting under the hammer a Ferrari (pictured) owned by British boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper along with over 40 classic and sports cars at their yearly True Greats auction on Monday (December 5) at the Royal Horticultural Society in London.
The 1973 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 was owned in the early 1980s by Henry Cooper. Coys took the car to the Fellowship Inn on the Bellingham estate in South London, where local boy Cooper lived and trained, and caught the attention of locals who turned out to see it.
Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “Henry loved his cars, was a great motorsport enthusiast and at one point even did some club racing alongside his great friend Graham Hill. Known as ‘Enry’s Ferrari’ by various marque specialists, the provenance of this car makes it a sound investment.”
The car is one of only 55 right-hand-drive examples produced. Under the bonnet, Ferrari squeezed in their 4.4 litre V12 unit producing 400 bhp at 7,000rpm, making it, at the time, the world’s most potent full four-seater. Despite its 1,450kilos, the car sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and was capable of a top speed of 165mph. The V5 shows Henry Cooper as the keeper, listing his home address in Hendon, North London. It is estimated at £55,000 to £70,000.
The auction also features a number of highly sought after Ferraris including a 1979 512 Berlinetta Boxer (£200,000 to £250,000), a 1968 330GTC Berlinetta (£550,000-£600,000), a 1972 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder (£500,000-£600,000), an original right-hand-drive 1974 246 GT – E series (£270,000-£300,000), a 2005 430 (£65,000-£75,000) and a 2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello ex- Maranello press car at no reserve.
Also on offer is a rare 1969 Porsche 911 S/T raced by Kent Frohde in the Swedish racing series in the early 1970s. The car was manufactured as a normal S by the factory and duly sent to the Werks Porsche Competition Department who converted it into S/T Specification straight from the production line. It was sold to Frohde in September 1971 and the engine – an original 2 litre – was tuned to 242bhp. According to Frohde, this was the strongest 2 litre engine that Porsche had tuned at the time. This is one of the most sought after 911s in the world and is estimated at £700,000 to £900,000.
Other heavyweights being auctioned include one of only eight right-hand-drive 1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Manual (£240,000-£280,000), a 1976 Alpine 1600 SC – Original Dieppe Built Model (£75,000-£90,000), a 1926 Bentley 3 litre Short Chassis Sports Tourer (£360,000-£390,000), a fully restored 1951 Land Rover Series 1 80” (£30,000-£40,000) and a 2016 Jaguar C-Type Evocation (£45,000-£55,000).