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Old photos of UK Ferrari

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by Wheels1, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. torquespeak

    torquespeak Formula Junior

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    It definitely looks like the most likely plate based on records, but I also noted the same differences. The only other reg I thought it could possibly be (if the light was playing slight tricks with the digits) was FPK 30J. What was the original spec of 14269?

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  2. Mark Shannon

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    It was originally red/black. In 1978 it did have, probably from new, nudge bar and fogs and was by then black/black. It was later blue met dino and then red. It is also possible that this car was also converted to pop up light from new, as well as #14121. Also by 1978 it was already registered WHH314J and had been EKT2 before that.
     
  3. torquespeak

    torquespeak Formula Junior

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    When you say converted 'from new', do you mean ex-factory? I've got s/n 14121 coming in on the same date as 14103 new (early March), so my thought has always been that the former was a Plexi car originally (although as far as I know that's still not confirmed one way or the other).

    Subsequently, there seems to be a circa 3-month period with no apparent UK deliveries, and then s/n 14269 and 14275 arrive (June). These two I have assumed were the first factory pop-up headlight cars, based on the gap. Is that incorrect?

    -Ed
     
  4. jtremlett

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    As you probably know, when 14121 was going through Classiche at the beginning of 2017, it was established that it was supplied by the Factory as a plexi car but was converted to pop-up (I think by Mike Osgood on behalf of Maranello Concessionaires) since no-one wanted plexi cars once pop-ups came out. IIRC it was suggested up to 5 UK cars may have had similar treatment. 14121 was converted to plexi for Classiche - even though it had been pop-up its entire life. I HATE Classiche. It is one thing for Ferrari to want to make money out of their old cars but another entirely to erase all the history of a car to get their tacky certificate.
     
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  5. torquespeak

    torquespeak Formula Junior

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    Interesting! I didn't know that about its Classiche process, but am unsurprised given the delivery date.

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  6. Mark Shannon

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    A friend worked there at the time and remembers two MAYBE three arrived with the pop up kit in the car. In the case of #14121, the then owner had the choice over the Classiche headlight situation. He would have had to change the pop ups to have squared off corners. Then he changed to colour inside and out, then added headrests that the car never had. Then sold it ! Amazing.
     
  7. bernardo66

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  8. jtremlett

    jtremlett F1 Rookie

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    The replies to the Instagram post tell you that it is Brandon Motors. They were Ferrari Main dealers in Coventry in the 1970s.
     
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  9. bernardo66

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    Ah thanks. I didn't think of scrolling down the replies.
     
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  11. DW68

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    #1086 DW68, May 5, 2020
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    Hello Marcel,
    I have just created an account on here as I have stumbled across your site and this post in particular.
    In 1985 i started as a trainee car salesman in one of the showrooms owned by Ian Swift, sadly this was soon after he died so I never actually met him.
    When I was given my first desk in the showroom, Ian's 275GTB 6C Ch 8047GT was parked next to me whilst the family decided what to do with it and it remained there for some years. A nice thing to be sat next to as a teenager and I remember sat in it dreaming on a few occasions!
    It was red at the time and on Borrani's Ian had added, the reg was YY18.
    Around 1989, it was made roadworthy (to some degree) and I was lucky enough to be asked to ride shotgun whilst it was to go into Bristol for the reg number to be transferred. I vividly remember how this static object just came alive, the noise! Echoing off the urban buildings was amazing and on the return trip changing up from 3rd to 4th passing through 120mph is still clear in my mind now. The car was restored by Bob Houghton (returning to it's original metallic blue) and then sold in the early 90's.
    If you google this car you will see it was sold not long ago by Tom Hartley Jnr and showed GGJ 9C although i am sure when YY18 was taken off, it became TEU36C.
    I do have some photos I took of it which i can send you if you can give me your email address, my ipad really struggles with this site for some reason.
    So, I cannot confirm if Ian owned any other Ferrari's, my hunch is it was only this one alongside a brown E Type Convertible V12, a Silver Shadow and a Rolls Royce 20HP Ghost which were all sold soon after he died leaving the Ferrari.

    Best Regards
    Paul Gentle
     
  12. DW68

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    Hello - ref 275GTB TEU36C Ch08047, I have posted new background info on this if you check my post history. Regards Paul
     
  13. DW68

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    You are correct, I've posted new background pics and info on this car if you check my posts history
     

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