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Rare car that underpinned UK's first Ferrari dealership to be sold in aid of RNLI

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Rare supercars sold by the UK’s first Ferrari dealership, Maranello Concessionaires, are to be auctioned in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

A 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB was one of two right-hand drive car delivered to the car dealership for its opening in Bournemouth by founder Col. Ronnie Hoare, who already held a Ford franchise.

Maranello Concessionaires went on to be acquired by Inchcape, which ran the UK's Ferrari importership until 2004 when UK sales were taken over Ferrari itself.

The Ferrari 250 GT SWB is being auctioned by H&H Classics, together with a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 which was also a Maranello Concessionaires demonstrator. Both cars are in the estate of the late Northamtonshire-based car collector Richard Colton, and are expected to provide a multi-million pound legacy that will fund a new RNLI lifeboat to be named after him and his late wife Caroline.

Simon Hope, chairman of H&H Classics, which holds sales across Britain, said: “We are honoured to have been chosen to handle this sale which is of national significance.”

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