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Goodwood Members' Meeting / Delivered new to Sir Elton John,1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer Chassis no. 17741

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Lot 53
Delivered new to Sir Elton John
1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer
Registration no. 98 BOX Chassis no. 17741
Amended
7 April 2019, 13:00 BST
Chichester, Goodwood

Sold for £224,250 inc. premium

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Delivered new to Sir Elton John
1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer
Registration no. 98 BOX
Chassis no. 17741

*One of only 58 UK right-hand drive examples
*Matching numbers
*Circa 9,700 miles from new
*Major engine-out service in 2012
*Ferrari Classiche certification

Footnotes

'A racing Ferrari with a flat-12 engine first ran at Nonza in September 1964, but the BB is the first production model to make use of this engine configuration. The Boxer's flat-12 is not a detuned racing 312P or 312 B2 or B3 unit as one might think. Rather, it's closer to the traditional 60-degree, four-cam, 4.4-litre V12 but flattened out to 180 degrees. The bore and stroke are identical and many parts such as pistons, connecting rods and valvegear are interchangeable.' – Road & Track.

Unquestionably one of the greatest cars Ferrari has ever built, the 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer debuted at the 1971 Turin Show in prototype form and commenced production in 1973 almost unaltered. An entirely new model and the first road-going Ferrari not to have a vee-configuration engine, the 356 GT4 reflected Ferrari's motor racing heritage; its 4.4-litre, four-cam, 'boxer' engine drew on experience gained from the Maranello firm's World Championship-winning, flat-12 F1 and sports-racing units and developed no less than 360bhp at 7,700rpm. Rumours abounded that the prototype Boxer had run at over 180mph, and even though the production version managed 'only' around 175mph, there can have been few disappointed customers. The mid-located engine gave near-perfect balance and ensured that the Boxer's handling matched its stupendous straight-line speed.

A combination tubular/monocoque chassis housed the mid-mounted engine/five-speed transaxle package that ingeniously placed the motor above the gearbox and final drive, thus avoiding an overly long wheelbase. The ensemble was clothed in elegant, low-slung Berlinetta coachwork by Pininfarina. The result of extensive wind tunnel testing, Pininfarina's masterpiece was assembled at Modena by Scaglietti and comprised a superstructure mixing aluminium-alloy and steel panels, complemented by matt black-finished glassfibre elements beneath the front and rear overhangs. At the time of its introduction the 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer was the world's fastest and most expensive car. Only 367 were constructed between 1973 and 1976 and it remains one of the most desirable and sought after of all Ferraris.

The rare example offered here is one of only 58 built in right-hand drive configuration for the UK market. This car was originally ordered in 1973 through H R Owen in London for Elton John (later Sir Elton John). The Ferrari was delivered to him in 1974 with the options of air conditioning and a Voxson radio. At this stage of his illustrious career Elton had just formed his own record label: The Rocket Record Company. The year 1974 would also see him collaborate with John Lennon on various projects, and the two superstars performed on stage together that year at Madison Square Garden, New York.

'98 BOX' comes with the official Ferrari Classiche folder and certificate together with a history file that includes MoTs dating back to the first of 1977 and the original factory and dealer invoices. In 2012 this car underwent a major engine-out service at a leading Ferrari specialist, with cam belt replacement, complete engine bay detailing, and works to the suspension, exhaust, and wheels. Having covered only some 9,700 miles from new, this wonderful Berlinetta Boxer has to be one of the very best currently available.

Saleroom notices

Upon arrival, as the car has been in long term storage, we have found that there has been emulsification of the oil. In light of this, the vendor has reduced the estimate to £225,000 - £275,000.

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