Eric Clapton's sports car to go on sale


Eric Clapton's former sports car is set to go on sale next month.

The 73-year-old singer's Mirabeau Blue right-hand drive 2004 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti F1 is expected to fetch between £55,000 and £75,000 when it goes on sale through H&H Classics at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, on October 17.

The plush vehicle took seven weeks to build 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 being 14 years old and having three owners, including Clapton, it's only clocked up 29,700 miles and is said to be a "delight" to drive.

Mark Hawkins - who worked at Maranello Sales and who is a friend of Clapton's - called the 'Tears in Heaven' hitmaker to ask him what he thought of the motor, to which he said he found it a large car to drive around Surrey but he thoroughly enjoyed using it to drive through France to his house in the South.

Damian Jones, Head of Sales at H&H Classics,said: "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."

Meanwhile, despite his highly successful music career and collecting cars in his spare time, Clapton recently admitted he would've been a bricklayer if he hadn't fallen into showbiz because he would've followed in his grandfather's footsteps.

He said recently: "[He would've been a] Bricklayer or plasterer. For a little while I worked for my grandfather. And he was very strict and very noble.

"He never took a raise. He worked for the same amount of money all his life.

"And he was a master craftsman. And that was very important for me to observe.

"That I could take that ethic anywhere.

"He worked me very hard. So, I always thought, Well, if music doesn't work ... 'Cause I had the time of my life on that building site."