Profile: Talacrest

The World's Number One Classic Ferrari Dealer

Talacrest’s Chairman John Collins has had a life-long passion for Ferrari and used to run a Ferrari 246 Dino as his everyday road car as a photo journalist 38 years ago. Today his enthusiasm for Ferrari remains undiminished after selling approximately 1700 + classic Ferrari – and the thrill of conducting the next deal and helping collectors obtain their dream classic Ferrari is the driving force behind the company.

The business was established in 1987 and has sold just about every classic Ferrari made – it would be easier to draw up a list of Ferrari NOT sold by Talacrest than those that they have sold. “You should bear in mind that with the volume of Ferrari that we have sold – sometimes we have sold an individual car many times over. A classic example being a Ferrari 275 GTB/2 6 carburettor alloy car that we have sold no less than 6 times!”

Customers come back to Talacrest time and again – because buying or selling from the best is a straightforward process – and equally whatever cycle the market is in – the very best cars that we sell are always a good long term investment prospect, as well as an exciting ownership proposition.

The Talacrest Team

“Our buyers and researchers ensure that all cars that we offer for sale have the most comprehensive history dossiers substantiating a car’s provenance. If we come across really good cars which require minor remedial work to make them perfect – we use the best restorers and marque experts to ensure that all cars prepared for sale are in the best possible condition and the work undertaken has added value without compromising originality. ”

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1950 Ferrari 195 Inter Coupe

Chassis number 0081 S was the first of 25 195 chassis produced, and one of just three bodied by the renowned Milanese coachbuilder Touring. Distinctive features included a lack of the usual Superleggera script on the hood, as well as small Italian lights, similar to those on early barchettas. In April 1951 the car, finished in its original hue of Oro Metallizzato, was shown by Franco Cornacchia’s Societá Agenzia Internazionale Commerciale Auto Ricambi (AICAR) on behalf of Ferrari at the 33rd Turin Motor Show at the Parco Valentino. Afterwards, the following month, it was sold by Carrozzeria Superleggera Aerlux of Milan to second owner Giuseppe Fiocchi of Lecco, and registered in the Como area as ‘CO 32210’.

Fiocchi kept the car for a little over three years before passing it to third owner Francesco Nissotti of Adria-Rovigo, who registered it as ‘RO 17125’. It was sold two years later, in October 1955, to American serviceman Donald Maynard, who returned with it to the United States in 1959. Several further owners followed, including Wyatt Coleman.



In 1974 Mr Coleman’s mechanic sold the car to Richard Little of Sudbury, Massachusetts, who began but never completed an exhaustive restoration. The Ferrari was sold by Mr Little’s family in 2005, and the following year passed to two enthusiasts in California, then to Richard Martin, who had it fully restored by Terry Scarborough over a two-year period. It appeared at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2008, was awarded a Platinum award at the 2009 Cavallino Classic and was then shown at The Quail in 2010.

Now repainted a beautiful dark blue, this lovely, authentic, well-known Turin show car ranks among the most attractive closed early Ferraris, and it would be a superb entrant to either concours field or prestigious rally events around the world.

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spyder

This 500 Mondial is a Series I car originally bodied by Scaglietti. It is believed to have been sold new Guido Petracchi of Italy in September of 1954 who brought the car to Eritrea, Ethiopia where it was registered ER 22289. Its first competitive outing was in 1955 at the Ethiopian Grand Prix where Petracchi finished 1st Overall. It was later displayed in the Italian pavilion at the Silver Jubilee Fair of Addis Ababa. It raced one more time in 1959, driven by Gaetano Barone in Asmara, Ethiopia, before it entered long-term storage.

In 1970, it was acquired by Colin Crabbe. In 1972, it was sold to John Robinson of Cumbria, England. Mr. Robinson drove the Ferrari at Oulton Park and the Prescott Speed Hill Climb. In 1982, it was given a restoration which included the replacement of the aluminum body panels. By 1989, it had been purchased by Arnold and Werner Meier of Switzerland, who drove the Ferrari in the 1989 and 1990 editions of the Mille Miglia retrospective before selling the Mondial in June 1990 to Alfred Lienhard. Mr. Lienhard continued the car’s appearance at the Mille Miglia, in 1991 and 1992. It was then sold through Symbolic Motor Car Co. to Paul Osborn’s Cars International Associated in London.



In 1997, the car was purchased by Jon Shirley. In 1998 it was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, then used extensively in vintage racing in the United States. In 2007, 0468 MD would make its way to the Ferrari Classiche facilities in Maranello for certification and restoration. Small changes were made to the shape of the nose of the car to satisfy Ferrari’s stringent standards of “as delivered” specifications, and the Ferrari was re-trimmed and repainted.This incredible 500 Mondial  is a total matching number example as confirmed by its Ferrari ‘Red Book’ Classiche certification and comes complete with a spare 3-litre 750 Monza specification engine plus an extremely well documented history file.

1962 Ferrari 250 PF Cabriolet S11

Unveiled to the public at the 1959 Paris Salon, the Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet represented the last evolution of Ferrari’s 250 Spyders and Cabriolets.

Around this time – the 250 TDF and 250 SWB competition models were the fastest and most prestigious road/racecars you could buy and the 250 California and Series I cabriolets were the most desirable dropheads. The Ferrari 250 PF Coupe was the flagship luxury GT and the newly launched Series 11 Cabriolets were to represent a big jump in performance and luxury over their predecessors.



The new Series 11 Cabriolets were fitted with the latest more-powerful Colombo V12 engine with outside plugs, coil valve springs and 12-port cylinder heads, coupled to a four speed with overdrive gearbox, giving a top speed of approaching 150 mph. The fitment of the newly introduced four-wheel Girling disc brakes and the latest Koni shock absorbers also provided the car with handling to match the performance of the engine.

1 of 200 made – this stunning example was subject to a complete nut and bolt restoration over a 5 year period costing $400,000 and is commensurately in superb condition. The car comes complete with it’s factory hardtop and is ready to tour or show.

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Aigle



1952 Ferrari 212 Europa Cabriolet



1967 Ferrari 330 GTC



1971 Ferrari Daytona Spyder conversion



1973 Ferrari 246 GTS





Talacrest brought a number of special road and competition cars to the inaugural Riyadh Car Show & Seven Concours on 21st-26th November 2019




A fascinating book by John Collins.

This book is a fascinating insight into the world of dealing in classic collector Ferraris and other exotic cars from John Collins. It tells the inside story about John Collins and Talacrest, from its beginning to present day and is also a wonderful catalogue of the world’s most fabulous cars that Talacrest and John have been involved with.

With approximately 350 pages, the book is prolifically illustrated with stunning archive pictures from Auto Italia and Marcel Massini amongst others and includes many important Ferrari road and racing cars. Many are accompanied with histories, track tests and how the deals were done.

The book has been published to commemorate Talacrest’s 30th Anniversary and documents the start of the business with borrowed capital from mates in the local pub, to the development of an enterprise which became the first Classic Car dealer to win a Queen’s Award for Export.

A must read for all Ferrari enthusiasts! Learn more here!


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