FOOTBALL fans have the chance to feel top of the world this month when a Ferrari owned by scoring sensation Sir Geoff Hurst goes under the hammer.
It’s 50 years since Sir Geoff rattled home a hat-trick in England’s 1966 World Cup final victory over West Germany at Wembley.
And his Ferrari 550 Maranello, with just 36,000miles on the clock, is expected to fetch between £120,000 and £150,000 when offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions on Saturday, July 30.
The auction is part of the classic motor sport festival at the Silverstone race circuit and the Ferrari is described as having been maintained in excellent condition and stored in a correctly heated and dehumidified facility by the vendor for the last two years.
It is right-hand drive and finished in Argento Nurburgring with black leather Daytona style seats and full carbon interior trim, along with a leather headlining and silver-painted brake calipers.
Silverstone Auctions chief Nick Whale said: “Front engined V12 Ferrari grand tourers have been the stuff of legend since the days of the original 365 GTB/4 Daytona back in the early 1970s.
“With only 457 right-hand drive 550 Maranellos made, the car is highly collectible. Not only that it’s a superb driver’s car, with a fantastic history, this example even more so for football aficionados.”
With Sir Geoff’s name appearing on the V5C as the immediate previous owner, the car will be sold with two sets of keys, full Ferrari leather bound book pack, a fitted red Ferrari cover, a fresh MoT and full service history, with both Ferrari main agents and Ferrari specialists.
Meanwhile a missing Jaguar E-Type, one of the most sought-after early examples of the model, has been discovered in Scotland and will also be sold at the Silverstone Classic.
The location of the 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Roadster, chassis #62 and one of the first 92 right-hand models produced, has been a mystery to classic car historians for decades.
With most of the first 20 cars produced being allocated for competition use, the first road cars – distinguished by their outside bonnet locks – were supplied in July 1961 to Jaguar dealerships to be used as demonstrators.
This car was dispatched to Scotland that month via Henleys of London for demo use in the Edinburgh area and was eventually acquired by its fifth and current owner in 2013 – a resident of Deskford, Moray, who was unaware that he was in possession of this ‘Holy Grail’ car.
Now to be offered on the open market for the first time, and reinstated as a surviving early example with its Jaguar Heritage Certificate, Chassis #62 will go to auction with a sale estimate of between £140,000 and £170,000.