Known for hits such as Layla, You Look Beautiful Tonight and Behind The Mask, besides being an amazingly talented guitar player, songwriter and all round musician, Eric Clapton is also a true petrolhead with a real passion for Ferrari’s, having owned several over the years, including some pretty rare one offs.
Now one of his cars is going up for sale, a 2004 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti F1 in Mirabeau Blue. The supercar, with only 29,700 miles on the clock, will be sold by H&H Classics on October 17 at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, expecting to fetch somewhere in the region of £55,000 – 75,000.
The car was created in seven weeks in 2004 and is fitted with red brake callipers, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, Scuderia enamel wing shields, passenger airbag off system, leather headlining and dedication plate in silver. Despite having three owners the vehicle has only clocked up 29,700 miles and is said to be a “delight” to drive. The dashboard of the 612 even has a plaque fitted by the Factory that says ‘Built for Eric Clapton’.
Mark Hawkins who worked at Maranello Sales and who is a friend of Clapton’s, recalls ringing him to ask what he thought of the 612. Clapton said he found it a large car on the Surrey roads, but an absolute delight to drive through France to his house in the south.
The 612 Scaglietti was the first all aluminium Ferrari 12 cylinder to be built. It features a sound system to satisfy the most demanding of listeners including a rock star.
A genuine four-seater Ferrari, the all-aluminium 612 Scaglietti is the result of an avant-garde design that guarantees the pure, thoroughbred performance demanded by Ferraristi combined with uncompromising driver and passenger comfort. The 2+2 model signalled a major leap forward on several fronts. Ferrari changed the rules of the game with the 612 Scaglietti to suit the tastes and needs of a highly sophisticated clientele now demanding elegance, dynamic comfort and space, in addition to blistering performance. The inspiration for all this, of course, comes, as ever, from that unique powerhouse of cutting-edge research, Formula 1.
Damian Jones, Head of Sales at H&H Classics, says: ‘This is a car with all the fiery temperament and driving pleasure of a thoroughbred Ferrari, combining thrilling performance, agility and safety. But it also goes a step further, offering rear passengers two comfortable, roomy seats.
“The 612 Scaglietti was designed to combine the roominess of a grand tourer with the blistering performance of a sports Berlinetta. In terms of aerodynamics, this meant ensuring maximum performance despite the larger dimensions overall,” Damian Jones, Head of Sales at H&H Classics added.