Two rare Ferraris, given to the RNLI by a Northamptonshire classic car enthusiast, have fetched more than £8.5 million at auction.
£6.6 million was raised with the sale of the 250 GT SWB and £1.93 million for the 275/GTB/4 (the red and silver cars respectively in the photos) at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.
Joint Executor Jim Kearns from solicitors Wilson Browne told Connect FM: “It is a remarkable and generous legacy”
Money raised from the sale will be used to build a new lifeboat called Richard and Caroline Colton, named after Richard and his late wife.
Richard Colton was a Northamptonshire-based businessman who had a distinguished career in footwear distribution and who for 40 years collected and actively campaigned sensational classic cars.
Described by close friends as a shy and private man , he was known to be somewhat nervous of the sea, which may have added to his great respect for the men and women who risk their lives daily around Britain s coast.