This 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer is one of only 58 built in right-hand drive configuration for the UK market. Chassis number ‘17649’ left the factory finished in stunning Blu Chiaro with beige Connolly leather interior. A matching numbers example with known ownership history. It was extensively restored by Keys Motorsport 2014-2020 and has only covered circa 500 miles since completion. It currently runs and drives great and is in excellent condition throughout.
The car was delivered to Colonel Ronnie Hoare’s Maranello Concessionaires in the UK and sold to its first owner, one D K Shead, in March 1974. The original registration was ’77 D’. In the early 1980s the Ferrari changed hands, passing to one A G F Oldworth and being re-registered as ‘CJ 15’. Next owner Peter English reregistered the Boxer as ‘RLJ 565M’ in 1984, and the registration changed yet again, on this occasion to ‘8332 RE’, when Roger L Earl of Surrey acquired the car in 1985. The next private owner listed in the accompanying Massini Report is Mr Christopher Roberts, who owned the Ferrari in the mid-1990s, at which time it carried the registration ‘DBY 462M’ (the current mark). Mr David Tregar was the next owner (in the late 1990s) followed by Mr Ian Entwistle (circa 2000). On 25th January 2006 the Ferrari was registered in the UK to Mr Andrew Stear of London, from whom it was purchased by the previous owner in June 2012. Bills on file show that the car was initially maintained by Bob Houghton before being extensively restored by marque specialists Keys Motorsport of Silverstone between 2014 and 2020 at a cost of more than 94,000.
Unquestionably one of the greatest cars Ferrari has ever built, and its first to feature a flat-12 engine, the 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer debuted at the 1971 Turin Show in prototype form and commenced production in 1973 almost unaltered. At the time of its introduction the 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer was the world’s fastest and most expensive car. Only 367 were constructed between 1973 and 1976 and it remains one of the most desirable and sought after of all Ferraris.