A glorious Ferrari 365 GT4 that was previously owned by none other than the ‘Rocket ‘Man‘ himself will be offered at Bonhams 77th Goodwood Members’ Meeting Sale (Est: £300,000).
Just as the Elton John was ‘Stepping into Christmas’ in 1974, the rock legend took delivery of the illustrious Italian Stallion but rarely gave the supercar any attention as it sat in his constantly evolving car collection.
The classic Ferrari was originally ordered in 1973 through H R Owen in London for the star and is one of only 58 built in right-hand drive configuration for the UK market, it was delivered to him with the options of air conditioning and a Voxson radio.
“It is a very rare example offered and one of only 58 built in right-hand drive configuration for the UK market.
“Having covered only some 9,700 miles from new, this wonderful 365 GT4 has to be one of the very best currently available.”
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At this stage of his distinguished career, Elton had just formed his own record label: The Rocket Record Company. The same year would see him join forces with the iconic John Lennon on a range of projects that eventually lead to the duo performing on stage together at the world famous Madison Square Garden, New York.
Highly regarded as 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.
The car can be seen at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting Sale on 7 Apr 2019, 13:00 BST.