Ordered from the Ferrari factory by Maranello Concessionaires on order number 424. Identified by the factory as a 365 GTC on Circolare Tecnica No 145.
This was the tenth of only twenty-two cars to be built for the U.K. It was apparently the one hundred and eighteenth of only one hundred and fifty-one cars built in total. First registered YPA 14G, on the 19th May 1969 and collected the next day, Tuesday 20th May to Mr Jonathan A. Astor as 21st birthday present.
Mr T. Armstrong acquired #12447 in 1977, now registered SRY 207G (the month is illegible on the log sheet). He apparently kept it until 1st November 1978 when it was sold to Mr A. P. Bamford (now Sir Anthony), of JCB Excavators. Bamford put the registration number APB7 on the car. In so doing adding another owner, as necessitated at that time a Mr A. Moscrop of Brighton. On completion of the transfer, the car was registered to JCB Sales Ltd. (not JBC as stated on the log sheet). APB7 was removed from the Ferrari in June 1980, the number UEH 3246 replacing it. Respected long-term motor trader William Loughran Ltd. acquired the car on 24th August 1983. Loughran putting the registration number KP53 on the car in December 1983. William Loughran sold the car in October 1984 to Mr Robert Cooper of Cooper Metals (Holdings) Ltd. Mr Cooper took the car to Maranello Concessionaires who repainted the car in Mercedes-Benz Forest Green and “comprehensively overhauled.” Mr Cooper transferred the car into his own name in 1988. Sold by Mr Cooper in July 1993 at auction by Coys for a reputed $72,250. It was next registered to Mr D. F. Smith of Berkshire (showing 7,478 recorded miles) in October 1996, noting he bought the car in July 1993.
Sold again by Brooks at Olympia in December 1996 to the last owner, another large Ferrari collector, Carlos Monteverde for $98,072. The car was brought to Talacrest where the original colour scheme was identified. It was then stripped to bare metal and repainted in Blu Sera, the 1997 equivalent of Blu Tourbillon. The car was serviced including a new radiator, track rod ends and new carpets, in all some £18,000 was spent. Mr Monteverde used the car sparingly.
Report by talacrest.com