‘Early in the 1970s a fellow teacher declared that he and his wife were leaving Flynt. They were heading to southern California in their beautiful 1963 Ferrari 250GTE 2+2 Coupe to start a new life. They had, they were adamant, “found religion”. Whichever religion it was, however, it was insistent that material possessions were not consistent with its philosophy. And so the Ferrari had to go.
‘Accordingly, Charlie’s father flew down to Los Angeles and bought the car for a good price. Then he drove it back across the United States all the way to Flynt, Michigan, some 2,300 miles.
‘And that lengthy road trip was the very last time that he drove it. When Charlie’s dad reached his Flynt house he backed the car into the garage, closed the door, and then the Ferrari never went anywhere else. From around late 1971, when it arrived there, this Ferrari 250GTE 2+2 Coupe remained solidly tucked away, later covered with a dust sheet. ‘In subsequent years it was joined by first a 1959 Maserati 3500GT, and then a 1929 Flying Cloud.