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Lot 137

1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB

  • Chassis no. 18259
  • Engine no. 00259

£300,000 - £350,000

Documents: UK V5

  • Believed to be under 4,300 miles from new
  • One of 58 UK-delivery RHD 365 GT4 BBs
  • First owner thought to be Far Eastern Royalty, delivered to Singapore
  • Recently underwent a full vehicle inspection, including a top-end engine rebuild
  • Retains its original engine

Originally ordered by HR Owen in Azzuro Metallizzato over Nero Connolly leather, chassis number 18259 was road registered in the UK, but after being delivered to London in January 1975, it was almost immediately shipped to Asia. Believed to have been owned by the Thai Royal Family, 18259 returned to England in the mid-1980s, when it was imported by its second owner, Sonu Shivdasani.

Shivdasani, only in his 20s and already a collector of Ferraris, purchased the Boxer with just 1,550 miles on its odometer and subsequently repainted it red. The history file contains an email from him confirming that he purchased the car from either ‘a Malaysian king or the Sultan of Brunei.’ Shivdasani owned the car until 1995 and carried out an engine restoration totalling £2,253, before putting the car up for sale in 1995 without having driven it a single mile.

Sold to Paul Simon of England, a second restoration was undertaken in late 2001 by specialist John Etheridge and another by Francorchamps Motors of Brussels in 2006. Then moved into storage for nearly a decade, the only change to the Boxer was the fitting of a later Ansa Sport exhaust system. In late 2015, the car was returned to its original colours, and a full engine-out workup was conducted by Neal Lucas Sports Cars Ltd. in England. It was finally sold to the current owner in November 2016. The car retains its original engine and bodywork with original stampings, yet the gearbox has been replaced with one of the correct type, common with many 365 GT4 BBs.

Offered with full invoices and a history file that tracks the car from its earliest moments, chassis number 18259 is presented today with less than 4,300 miles showing on the odometer, believed to be original. Beautifully restored to its original colours, this RHD 365 GT4 BB boasts a fascinating history and would be an exciting addition to any collection.

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