Blue Ferrari Blue: Eric Clapton’s Italian sports car up for auction

Blue Ferrari Blue: Eric Clapton’s Italian sports car up for auction

Touring-oriented 612 Scaglietti F1 likely to fetch a premium price

If you’ve ever wanted to blast Layla while flying down the road in a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti F1 once owned by Eric Clapton himself, it’s time to let it rain because the car is going to auction.

The right-hand drive 2004 Italian sports car will be up for sale on October 17 at H&H Classics’ auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England. An estimated sales price was not offered, but given Clapton’s legendary status as the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, there’s no pretending it’ll go for cheap.

Clapton bought the Ferrari for £177,500 ($234,000) in 2004. The final price included a factory-fitted plaque that reads “Built for Eric Clapton” in case there was any doubt who held the keys.

Look closely: The plaque proclaiming who the car was made for is mounted to the left of the radio on the dash. | H&H Classics photo

Look closely: The plaque proclaiming who the car was made for is mounted to the left of the radio on the dash. | H&H Classics photo

The rock guitarist held onto the car until 2008, when he replaced it with another 612 F1. At that point, he had put about 12,000 miles on it. Mark Hawkins, a friend of Clapton’s, recalled the musician telling him that he found the car a bit large for English roads, but it was wonderful to drive to his home in southern France.

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That Clapton drove the car a good deal is fitting, as the first all-aluminum Ferrari V12 was intended for road trips. The interior was designed to have extra room, the sound system is supposed to be quite good, and the car comes with six pieces of luggage custom made to fit in the trunk.

Clapton found the Ferrari was more welcome on country lanes than city roads. | H&H Classics photo

Clapton found the Ferrari was more welcome on country lanes than city roads. | H&H Classics photo

“This is a car with all the fiery temperament and driving pleasure of a thoroughbred Ferrari, combining thrilling performance, agility and safety,” Damian Jones, the head of sales for H&H Classics, said in the release. “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.”

The second person to own the car put it under a different registration number, but the current owner returned the car to its rock star-affiliated registration.

Learn more about the upcoming H&H auction on the company’s website.

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