1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti


investments you can make, assuming you have

a spare few hundred thousand in your pocket. To illustrate, Collins says that a 250 GTO that he bought for an eyewatering £2 million in 1994 is worth an astonishing £45 million today. Two years later he sold a California Spider for £750,000 that today is worth £12 million. “It’s one of the most beautiful cars ever built,” he says dreamily. “You can’t make that kind of money on many other things.” So, what would Collins say to a

of the speculators, he says, as opposed to the true enthusiasts. Collins still goes to auctions or people approach him and sell

SRS reader thinking of buying a first classic car? “It depends on the individual. Buy something that you love,” says Collins. “That’s the beauty of Ferraris. When buyers come here, I take them through the car’s history and also how they want to use it. Do they want to race or go on casual tours or even just Sunday driving? I want to sell to people who love the cars, not speculators.” Classic Ferraris dipped in value in the wake of the Brexit vote in

June 2016 but Collins claims it was overheated anyway. At one point prices quadrupled within two years. “The market rose too quickly and went too high,” he says. The price correction also weeded out

Like children, Collins is hard pushed to pick a favourite of the cars he has sold, but he does have a soft spot for the 250 California Spider

privately. “I’ve been quite lucky at auctions with cars that have slipped through the net,” he says. One case in point being a Disney 14 Louvre 250 TDF that he bought for $6.7 million and sold it within one day at a higher price. Some of the best and rarest Ferraris in the world have passed through his hands, including – for the petrolheads among you – most of the P-cars, including the P3, P4; the 410 Superamerica; 250 GTO; and the 330 LMB – the rarest Ferrari ever made. Like children, Collins is hard pushed

to pick a favourite of the cars he has sold, but he does have a soft spot for the 250 California Spider. He points out that the sheer amount of cash needed to have

the number of classic Ferraris he once had in his showroom would be impossible today, now that a GTO costs up to £70 million. “Nobody will ever eclipse what I’ve achieved,” Collins says with some satisfaction. “You couldn’t afford the stock I had back in the Nineties.”

WHY I LOVE DRIVING MY FERRARI Josh Cartu explains his passion for owning and driving his supercar

I am a Ferrari driver. I could talk about a poster I was given as a child by one of my father’s dearest friends… the way my hair stood up the first time I saw one or the way my heart began to race as I heard one approaching … or how time stood still as one blew past me and I was able to picture it afterwards as if it was frozen in time. To pick apart what makes Ferrari so special is for me, almost heresy. What I love most about Ferrari today has very little to do with what began as

an early obsession when I was young. Today, it’s about cherished friendships, unity and team spirit, doing things together and all the ties that bind Ferrari owners together. What do all Ferrari owners have in common beyond driving the same car? Passion, of course. Some of us are collectors, some of us are drivers, some of us crave to see the next F1 race. The cars are so exclusive, elusive and special yet the community is so large and so connected. Ferrari is something that gets under your skin over time, it becomes a part of who you are and something you love to the point

of wanting to protect it. Owning a car like this is not a rational decision, it’s an emotional one. Seventy years later, this little company against all odds seems to have sussed out the formula for passion, emotion, and winning the hearts and minds of most as the greatest supercar marque in history. You see, what Ferrari understands is that while winning races is very important, the most important thing to win is love. Josh Cartu is president of the Ferrari Owners Club


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