Two classic Ferraris to go under the hammer


A 1998 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta and a refurbished 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GT are set to go up for auction later this month.

First under the hammer will be the F355. It was the first V8-powered Ferrari to ever change the historic Prancing Horse enthusiast view that only V12-powered cars could be considered ultimate Ferraris.

It was an impressive two seconds faster around the Italian manufacturer's test track than a V12 512 TR, meaning purists really had to take notice.

The 3.5-litre engine made 380bhp, with power routed through the rear wheels via a highly sought-after 'gated' six-speed manual gearbox. It's only covered just over 7,000 miles and has undergone regular servicing despite the fact it's barely been driven.

The Ferrari F355 Berlinetta is expected to fetch between £85,000 and £100,000.

Travelling further back in time, a stunning 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GT will also be auctioned.

Two classic Ferraris to go under the hammer

Two classic Ferraris to go under the hammer

The Dino was built to honour Alfredo 'Dino' Ferrari, the only legitimate son of Enzo Ferrari. It has a V6 engine that he'd advocated and developed before dying of muscular dystrophy in 1956.

This exquisite example is going up for sale for the first time in 22 years and comes with an incredible amount of paperwork that gives a fascinating glimpse of its life.

In 2014 it was sent to Ferrari specialist Nick Cartwright to be restored to its former glory. The work was so extensive that at one point all that remained of the car was the electrical wiring loom in the chassis.

The Ferrari Dino is expected to fetch £300,000 to £350,000 at auction.

Both cars come from the same private collection and will go under the hammer at the Race Retro Classic Car Sale at Silverstone Auctions on February 24.