A Ferrari collector from Northamptonshire has left two rare sportscars to the RNLI in his will.

The legacy was left to the RNLI by Northamptonshire businessman Richard Colton, who requested that money raised from the sale of his cars be used to build a new lifeboat called Richard and Caroline Colton, named after himself and his late wife.

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 man and women who risk their lives daily around Britain’s coast.

1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB was the second steel, right-hand-drive car delivered – one of a pair of SWBs ordered by Col. Ronnie Hoare to launch Maranello Concessionaires.

1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 is one of 27 UK cars, originally a Maranello Concessionaires demonstrator and ‘the ultimate Enzo-era’ Ferrari road car.

Both cars come from long-term ownership, are ‘matching numbers’ and in highly original condition.

The cars will be sold by H&H Classics at their auction 14 October 2015 at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridge.