1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta
Lot 122
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta
£500,000 - 600,000
US$ 660,000 - 790,000

Lot Details
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Pininfarina
Registration no. YNC 181L
Chassis no. 16331


*Delivered new to the UK
*Right-hand drive
*Well documented
*Comprehensive history file
*66,000 miles from new

Footnotes

  • 'It's a hard muscled thoroughbred, the Daytona - easily the most awesome and yet disciplined road-going Ferrari in that firm's brilliant quarter century of existence. The Daytona isn't fast – it's blinding. It will eat up a quarter-mile of asphalt in 13.2 seconds at 110mph and scream out to 175mph - or it will slug through traffic at 1,500rpm with the Sunday manners of a FIAT. It is the perfect extension of its driver. You can cut and weave through shuffling traffic with the agility of a halfback, or lope down the freeway with the piece of mind that comes from knowing you can contend with anyone's incompetence. To say, after you've driven it, that the Daytona is desirable doesn't begin to sum up your feelings - you would sell your soul for it.' - Car & Driver, January 1970.

    Every Ferrari is, to a greater or lesser extent, a 'landmark' car, but few of Maranello's road models have captured the imagination of Ferraristi like the 365 GTB/4. The ultimate expression of Ferrari's fabulous line of V12 front-engined sports cars, the 365 GTB/4 debuted at the Paris Salon in 1968, soon gaining the unofficial name 'Daytona' in honour of the sweeping 1, 2, 3 finish by the Ferrari 330P4 at that circuit in 1967. Pininfarina's Leonardo Fioravanti, later the famed Carrozzeria's, director of research and development, was responsible for the influential shark-nosed styling, creating a package that restated the traditional 'long bonnet, small cabin, short tail' look in a manner suggesting muscular horsepower while retaining all the elegance associated with the Italian coachbuilder's work for Maranello. One of Pininfarina's countless masterpieces, the influential shark-nosed body style featured an unusual full-width transparent panel covering the headlamps, though this was replaced by electrically-operated pop-up lights to meet US requirements soon after the start of production in the second half of 1969. Fioravanti later revealed that the Daytona was his favourite among the many Ferraris he designed.

    Although the prototype had been styled and built by Pininfarina in Turin, manufacture of the production version was entrusted to Ferrari's subsidiary Scaglietti in Modena. The Daytona's all-alloy, four-cam, V12 engine displaced 4,390cc and produced its maximum output of 352bhp at 7,500rpm, with 318lb/ft of torque available at 5,500 revs. Dry-sump lubrication enabled it to be installed low in the oval-tube chassis, while shifting the gearbox to the rear in the form of a five-speed transaxle meant 50/50 weight distribution could be achieved. The all-independent wishbone and coil-spring suspension was a recent development, having originated in the preceding 275 GTB. Unlike the contemporary 365 GTC/4, the Daytona was not available with power steering, a feature then deemed inappropriate for a 'real' sports car. There was, however, servo assistance for the four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Air conditioning was optional, but elsewhere the Daytona remained uncompromisingly focussed on delivering nothing less than superlative high performance.

    At the time of its introduction in 1968 the Daytona was the most expensive production Ferrari ever and, with a top speed in excess of 170mph, was also the world's fastest production car. Deliveries commenced in the second half of 1969 and the Daytona would be manufactured for just four years; not until the arrival of the 456 GT in 1992 would Ferrari build anything like it again. Only 1,300 Berlinetta models and 121 Spyder convertibles had been made when production ceased in 1973.

    One of only 149 Daytonas manufactured in right-hand drive configuration, chassis number '16331' was delivered new to Maranello Concessionaires in December 1972 having been ordered by a Mr Heryet. The car was delivered finished in Argento Metallizzato (Silver Metallic) with Nuvola (Cloud) leather interior trim. Its order cancelled, the Ferrari was sold via Ian Anthony Sales to its first owner, The Honourable J Dawney, who kept it from 1973 until 1980. The original registration was 'OPG 84L'.

    In 1980 the Daytona was sold to its second owner, Mr David Lomas of Cheshire, who transferred his private plate '54 TU' to the car. During Mr Lomas's ownership the Ferrari was maintained by marque specialists David Clarke Organisation (Graypaul Motors Ltd) and DK Engineering (see bills on file dating from the 1980s and 1990s). In 1993 the Daytona was stripped back to bare metal and repainted by RS Panels.

    Following the death of David Lomas, in 1998 the car was sold by DK Engineering to the third private owner: M & J R Johnstone of Falkirk, Scotland, the original registration being reinstated. In 2007 DK Engineering sold the Ferrari again, on this occasion to Mr Gareth Richardson, its fourth owner, the registration changing to the present 'YNC 181L'. Subsequently the car was maintained by SMDG Performance Ltd and DK Engineering.

    In 2010, 'YNC 181L' was sold to Ian Tandy and the following year passed briefly through the hands of broadcaster and motoring enthusiast Chris Evans, from whom it was purchased by the current vendor in August 2011. Since then the car has been maintained by Italia Autosport on an annual basis and has just been serviced and MoT'd (in October 2017). It comes complete with the original Ferrari wallet, warranty card, operating/maintenance/service handbook, and Blaupunkt radio instructions. The car also retains its full tool roll and jack, while of particular interest are two small notebooks detailing mileage/use/journeys from 1980 up to the current owner's acquisition in 2011 (from 32,870 miles to 63,866 miles). Also on file are photocopies of the original bill of sale, a Massini Report, and a V5C Registration Certificate. Presented in generally very good condition, this iconic low-mileage Daytona must be one of the very best examples currently available.
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