Ex-Elton John Ferrari Dino for sale

Ferrari Dino

A rare Ferrari Dino, originally owned by Elton John, is to go under the hammer at a Bonhams Auction.

The bright yellow 246GT model is one of just 500 imported into the UK. It was bought by the Crocodile Rock singer in 1972, following the success of the single.

Sir Elton covered a whopping 5,000 miles in the mid-engined supercar in just six months, before he gifted it to his drummer Nigel Olsson.

Since then, the car has changed hands no fewer than five times, with each owner lavishing attention on the car. Between 1974 and 1996, the gearbox was rebuilt, the body restored and re-sprayed, and the interior re-trimmed.

The Dino's current owner has owned it since 2002, and has added only 5,000 miles to the odometer in that time, taking the total mileage to around 29,200.

Powered by a then-cutting edge quad-cam 2.0-litre V6 engine, the Dino developed 180bhp when new. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox, and was enough to get this aluminium-bodied two-seater up to 142mph.

"Chassis number '03300' represents a rare opportunity to acquire a fully documented, low-mileage example of this iconic V6 Ferrari, possessing the additional cachet of 'A-List' celebrity ownership," states Bonhams.

The car, which is presented with all of its original documents, including the old-style V5 form, is expected to fetch over £280,000 at the company's Bond Street sale on November 30.

1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT Coupé

1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT Coupé