A 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer previously owned by music legend Sir Elton John is coming up for auction.
Its pre-sale estimate is £250,000-£300,000 and that will be music to the ears if you want to get your hands on the Rocketman’s old runaround which has been described as “one of the greatest Ferraris ever built”.
Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer debuted in Turin
The Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer debuted at the 1971 Turin Show and went into production in 1973. Sir Elton, whose real name is Reg Dwight, bought his brand new a year later, via the dealer HR Owen, with the added options of air conditioning and a Voxson radio.
According to auction sale notes: “Rumours abounded that the prototype Boxer had run at over 180mph, and even though the production version managed ‘only’ around 175mph, there can have been few disappointed customers.
“The mid-located engine gave near-perfect balance and ensured that the Boxer’s handling matched its stupendous straight-line speed.
“At the time of its introduction the Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer was the world’s fastest and most expensive car. Only 367 were built between 1973 and 1976 and it remains one of the most desirable and sought after of all Ferraris.”
Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer has clocked just 10,000 miles
The model up for auction is one of only 58 built in right-hand drive configuration for the UK market.
With registration ‘’98 BOX’, it comes with the official Ferrari Classiche folder and certificate together with a history file that includes MoTs dating back to 1977 and original factory and dealer invoices.
In 2012 this car underwent a major engine-out service at a leading Ferrari specialist, with cam belt replacement, complete engine bay detailing, and works to the suspension, exhaust, and wheels.
Having covered less than 10,000 miles from new, this Berlinetta Boxer is one of the very best examples currently available and should attract a clamour of interest when it goes under the hammer at the Bonhams sale being held at Goodwood on Sunday, April 7.
The music legend and the legendary Ferrari 365
To put it into a musical context, when he bought the car Elton had just formed his own record label: The Rocket Record Company. The same year he collaborated with ex Beatle John Lennon, and the two superstars performed on stage together at Madison Square Garden in New York.
He was famed for wearing outlandish clothes and colourful glasses and was knighted in 1988. He has gone on to sell 200 million albums worldwide and had 57 top 40 hits in the US coming second on the all-time best sellers list only to Elvis Presley.
In the UK 71 Elton John songs have made the top 40, 33 reached the top ten and he had eight numbers ones. His double A-side single featuring Something About the Way You Look Tonight and Candle in the Wind, dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, sold 33 million copies making it the biggest selling single of all time.
Sir Elton also found time to become the rock star chairman of Watford FC and, together with one time England football coach Graham Taylor, helped steer the club from obscurity to the top flight of English football and into Europe.
His popularity has endured and he was the star turn performing in the blockbuster 2018 John Lewis Christmas advert.
With such an impressive CV clearly only the very best was good enough for Sir Elton, 72 years of age on March 25, 2019, and that’s exactly what he got with the Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer.
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