Lot 128: Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' is one of the most celebrated and significant models in the history of the World's most famous car company. As well as revolutionising traditional Ferrari styling, the Daytona was also the most powerful road car the company had produced at that time, and accordingly sold in impressive numbers. Even today, the car is an icon in performance car terms, and one to which Ferrari owe much of their reputation to this day as the builders of the greatest road cars. The Daytona came at a time when Ferrari were dominant in Sports car racing with their sports prototypes, and the road cars the company developed were increasingly distanced from their racing cars, with the associated improvements in reliability and creature comforts.In the word of one enthusiast, 'there is no greater adrenaline pump'. With its brutally aggressive yet somehow classically elegant lines, and such a wonderful 4.4 litre four-cam V12 under its bonnet, there was nothing that could challenge it when new and precious little that can do so today. True, such cars have never been considered 'easy' to drive then or now, in the manner of a little Japanese hatchback, but then again the best things in life always demand a little more commitment. Indeed a motor car such as the Daytona, once mastered, will provide thrills beyond its owner's wildest expectations. This Daytona, Chassis 13701, was delivered new to the super dry and benign climate of Nevada in the United States, a fact demonstrated by the extraordinary originality of the car, more beautifully preserved than other Daytonas from the northern United States or northern Europe that have inevitably suffered for decades at the hands of damp and inconsistent weather. In 1986, the current owner/vendor of the car, a prominent surgeon from Rome, was approached to sell his significant Maserati A6G Zagato to a client in America, and happily accepted the Daytona in part exchange. The car has formed part of his collection in Rome ever since, and is within the collection alongside some of Europe's finest TT motorcycles to be owned by a single collector. Over the last 4 decades while the car has been part of this collection it has been used sparingly around the streets and Autostrade of the Italian Capital, and is carefully stored in a garage complex in the hills north of Rome. This is a very important and desirable early plexi-glass (a reference to the headlamp covers) car which got the best possible start in life, having been delivered new to a desert state in America, and subsequently spending the last 4 decades in Italy in the hands of an enthusiastic collector of all things two and four wheeled.
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Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
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