Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona to headline Ferrari auction
A low-mileage and highly collectible 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona is being offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions at its inaugural ‘A Sale of Ferraris’ which is being run in association with Ferrari Owners’ Club GB.
One of only 158 UK-supplied cars, and one of just 15 finished in Argento Auteuil, the exquisite Daytona will headline the auction house’s first ever dedicated Ferrari sale since partnering with the car club.
“Without doubt, this is one of the most exceptional Ferraris we’ve had the pleasure to offer for sale,” enthused Adam Rutter, Silverstone Auctions classic car specialist. “It’s in incredible condition thanks to the very careful ownership of its previous guardians, and I’m sure it will be of serious interest to car collectors worldwide.”
This year the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona celebrates 50 years since its launch at the 1968 Paris Motor Show, where it was announced as the most expensive and fastest road-going Ferrari ever built.
Supplied by Maranello to H.W. Motors of Walton-Upon-Thames on 10th May 1972, chassis #15835 was delivered new to classic car enthusiast and historic racer Mr Jeremy Agace, with air conditioning as an optional extra. Its original number plate, ‘MPB 125K’, is still worn by the car.
The unmistakeable bodywork designed by Pininfarina and built by the equally well-respected Scaglietti features a long bonnet, cut-off tail, steeply angled nose and flared wheel arches.
It is just as impressive underneath the bonnet with a 4.4-litre, 4-cam V12 engine producing an astonishing 352bhp and a top speed of 174mph.
In 2012 this car benefited from a fastidious full engine rebuild under the watchful eye of Iain Tyrell and his team at Cheshire Classic Cars, as well as a restoration of the original Blue Connelly hide interior, door trims and dashboard using period correct materials, courtesy of an ex-Connolly craftsman.
“Chassis #15835 has passed through the hands of some significant collectors during its time. Anyone looking to own a Daytona should certainly consider this example, and what better time to buy than in the 50th anniversary year of the model?” concludes Rutter.