Here’s the ideal Ferrari-themed present for those not yet old enough to drive the real thing. It’s a Cheetah Cub Racer child's car by Glass Fibre Ltd of Birmingham, circa 1957 and badged “Ferrari 250F”. The name’s a bit off but the average eight-year-old isn’t going to worry about that…not with a BSA 87cc four-stroke engine mounted behind the seat. The chain-drive boy racer comes with auto clutch, padded seat, Perspex ‘screen and accelerator and brake pedals. While there were lots of Cheetah Cub versions of the Jaguar D and E-types, it’s believed only about 10 of the “Ferrari 250F” were made, making this one a rarity. Bonhams guide price: £6-8000.
The least expensive actual Ferrari in the Bonhams FoS sale is likely to be this 1973 365 GT4 2+2, with a guide price of £35-50,000. Buy it, but do not expect to drive it home. The front-engined four-seater with those crisp Pininfarina looks – the Ferrari flagship of its day – has a lot going for it, not least the fact that it is a rare right-drive UK car. Less in its favour is that the four-cam V12 and gearbox come in a separate crate. Bonhams believes however that all components are present, though it is likely new piston rings are needed. As the auction house says, “ an exciting and potentially most rewarding project for the Ferrari enthusiast”.
You get a great deal of Pininfarina stand-back-and-stare styling and flat 12 engine in the Testarossa, even though the model rarely ranks high on the lists of greatest Ferraris. That’s to the good because a redhead like this one is not going to break the bank, relatively speaking. A larger, more spacious and civilised car than the 512 Berlinetta Boxer it replaced, it was nevertheless lighter thanks to a body made mostly of aluminium. With 380bhp it could do a genuine 180mph. This one’s a left-hooker, originally delivered to Austria, with 56,000km recorded and said to be unrestored and original. Bonhams guide price: £70-100,000.
“To say, after you've driven it, that the Daytona is desirable doesn't begin to sum up your feelings - you would sell your soul for it.” So said Car & Driver in its road test of the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 in 1970. There’s more: “Easily the most awesome and yet disciplined road-going Ferrari in that firm's brilliant quarter century of existence. The Daytona isn't fast – it's blinding.” It’s true to say C&D liked it. But then everyone loves this shark-nosed ‘70s icon with its vast bonnet and four-cam V12 don’t they? With a 175mph top speed, it was the fastest car in the world when launched in 1968. The ’72 Daytona Berlinetta in the Bonhams FoS sale is one of 149 right-hand drive cars, delivered new to the UK and restored in the 1990s. It’s a former club concours winner with 41,000 miles showing and a full engine rebuild 300 miles ago. Bonhams says it is one of the very best examples currently available. Bonhams guide price: £500-600,000.
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