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Fancy owning a Ferrari 550 Maranello that was formerly owned by England World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst?

Well if you have a spare £120,000-£150,000 that car can be all yours as it is being put up for auction this weekend during The Silverstone Classic historic race meeting.

Exactly 50 years on from the magical moment at Wembley, in which Geoff Hurst netted a hat-trick to beat Germany 4-2 in the World Cup final, his former car is being put up for auction along with hundreds of other classic vehicles.

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The owner of the vehicle believes now is the best time to part ways with the Ferrari because of the date the auction lies on. July 30 1966 was when England overcame Germany to win the World Cup, and the auction will take place this Saturday, July 30.

It's deemed the perfect time to sell the vehicle given the fact it's the anniversary of England's greatest football achievement, and the fact that the car was previously owned by Sir Geoff Hurst, however, this was something the new owner had no idea about.

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When purchasing the car back in 2014, he had no clue that the Ferrari 550 Maranello was previously owned by the footballing legend, and only brought the car because he had always wanted one.

It's expected more than 150 classics will be on sale on July 30, with the Ferrari 550 Maranello expected to be the showcase, with it reportedly being worth in the region of £120k-£150k.

It's believed the car market has improved drastically in recent years, with the owner of the vehicle suggesting this specific Ferrari would have only cost around £35,000 two years ago, but is now worth up to £150,000.

If you are unsure about cars or don't know why this one is different to any other Ferrari, well this is the last of it's kind. It was the last analogue Ferrari with a manual gearbox, which makes it a very traditional model, unlike your newer Ferrari's that are similar to Formula One cars.

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In the words of the owner, this is a proper driver's car.

The vehicle has only done 36,600 miles, and is brilliant condition thanks to the way it has been stored in the past few years.

The silver Ferrari is an original, UK-supplied, right-hand-drive and it has kept its condition thanks to being stored in a heated and dehumidified facility for the past two years.

Due to it being Hurst's old vehicle, he appears on the car's V5C registration document as the immediate previous owner, which could have an influence on it's valuation.

In terms of the car itself, it's official Ferrari paint colour is Argento Nurburgring, while the interior of the vehicle has black leather retro seats, full carbon trim, and a leather headlining.

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The Ferrari 550 Maranello was designed and built back in 1996, and it marked the return of a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout for the brand, 23 years after the 365 GTB/4 Daytona had been replaced by the mid-engined Berlinetta Boxer.

The rest of the vehicle is a tubular steel spaceframe chassis with double wishbone suspension, covered in Pininfarina-styled aluminium body panels.

As for the steering, it was a rack and pinion with variable power assists, while the vented disc brakes were 330mm in the front, and 310mm in the rear.

In terms of performance, the manufacturer stated that the car can go as fast as 199mph, and could reach 62mph in just 4.4 seconds. Once when the vehicle was tested, by American car magazine Motor Trend, the car reached 100mph in an impressive 9.6 seconds.

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It eventually stopped production in 2001 and was replaced by the Ferrari 575M Maranello, that ran for four years until 2006.

The 550 Maranello will be sold at the auction this weekend with two sets of keys, a full Ferrari leather-bound book pack, a fitted red Ferrari cover, a fresh MoT and full service history, with both Ferrari main agents and specialists.

The owner of the Ferrari is unsure how much the car will actually go for at the auction, but he is feeling confident that it will sell, unlike Sir Geoff Hurst's World Cup shirt, that recently went unsold at an auction.

As the car is previously owned by Sir Geoff Hurst, The Silverstone Classic organisers will pay tribute to him and his teammates achievement in the 1966 World Cup by screening a special car football match during the event.

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