British Motor Museums

2nd June 2017

Charity cheered by sale of Ferrari for over half a million pounds.

Owners of Classic Cars enjoy their vehicles in their lifetime and a number of them have donated their cars for charitable purposes after their life.

The late Richard Allen’s rare Nembo Spider Ferrari was sold at a recent Auction by H&H Classics at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford for £530,000. Businessman and former racing driver Richard Allen left the car to the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA). Mr. Allen had said he could clearly remember the helicopter of EAAA coming to the help of one of his fellow race drivers after a crash, hence his generous gesture.

Part of the proceeds will go towards a hanger for the helicopter based at Cambridge, enabling EAAA to extend operational hours and thereby potentially saving more lives. EAAA will be working closely with the Allen family to ensure the remainder of the money is invested into the Charity in the best way possible to develop its lifesaving work. Prince William has been a volunteer pilot with the EAAA.

This charitable gesture follows the late Dorset based Robert White’s donation of his classic car collection which raised £3.5 million in 2016 for Dorset cancer patients. A previous sale of Brough motorbikes owned by Robert had been sold to his friend and US talk show host, Jay Leno. That sale has already helped to fund a new cancer treatment centre in Dorset. The cash from the car collection sale by Bonham’s in London will pay for new scanners at Poole Hospital and new radiotherapy facilities at Dorset County Hospital.

Another classic car donation in 2015, of two rare Ferraris, raised just under £10 million for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to pay for new lifeboats.

Donated by the late Richard Colton, H & H Classics sold his Ferrari 250 GT from 1960, one of just 267 ever made, for £6.6million in their classic car auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. A Ferrari 275 GTB/4 from 1967 added another £1.9million to the funds raised. Businessman Richard Colton, from Northamptonshire, left the collection he had acquired over the past 40 years to the RNLI.

The legacy was the most valuable ever left to the RNLI.

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EAAA Helicopter

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