A rare 1964 Ferrari 330GT Nembo Spider which was donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) by Essex car dealer and racing enthusiast Richard Allen, who died in November last year is to go up for auction.
The custom made car, one of only four in existence, goes under the hammer next month.
Over the years Mr Allen built up a stable of Ferrari’s and was a regular competitor in the FOC Racing Series with his Ferrari 328. He acquired the Nembo Spider – a 4-litre V12 – in Italy in the 1990s and brought it back to the UK to be the jewel of his collection.
When he discovered he was ill, Mr Allen decided to leave the classic motor to the EAAA in memory of the time the charity helped a fellow race driver after a serious crash at Snetterton.
The Nembo Spyder is an interesting creation conceived by ex-Maserati engineers Neri & Bonacini, to create a GTO-inspired roadster from the more run of the mill Ferrari underpinnings. While earlier examples had been built around 250 GT chassis, 5805GT – the fourth and final Nembo – was based around a 330GT.
The final specification included a shortened wheelbase, and the 330’s original 300bhp 4.0-litre V12 engine and four-speed manual ‘box. Rather than drive the 330 though, it was purely used for display purposes at Ferrari Owners’ Club concours events. Despite this, the car is fully road registered and comes with an MoT certificate valid until October 2017. Although it is an interesting piece of Ferrari history, the car is not eligible for Ferrari Classiche certification.
Patrick Peal CEO of the EAAA says: ‘The gift opportunity which this legacy offers would enable to us to proceed with the building of a bespoke hangar to house our Helicopter, Anglia 2, at Cambridge airport some 400m from our base. Our own hangar next door would mean adding some 180 available shift hours a year significantly increasing the number of lifesaving missions we could fly each year.’