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1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

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  • An original UK-supplied, right-hand drive 365 GTB/4 (1 of 156 right-hand drive cars)

  • Delivered new to Tommy Dickson, the legendary 'Ecurie Ecosse' Le Mans driver

  • Superbly finished in Blue Dino Metallic with a Pelle Beige interior

  • Bare metal restoration by Foskers to its original colour scheme in January 2015

  • Full Ferrari Factory Classiche Certification awarded in the Summer of 2016

  • Consistently maintained to a very high standard by acknowledged experts

  • Lots of history and older MOTs help corroborate the 53,000 miles indicated

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.

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 275GTB. Unlike the contemporary 365GTC/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 serious performance. At the time of its introduction in 1968, it 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.

Only 156 Daytonas were manufactured in right-hand drive and Chassis number 15837 is indeed one of those rare cars. In common with many important cars, this fabulous motor car is accompanied by a massive history file which can take some wading through, however, in this case, Foskers have helpfully compiled a four-page ‘Ownership, MOT and service summary’ that documents the car’s history from new up until April 2016 when it was purchased by our vendor. All the relevant invoices and documentation since then have been kept in the same fastidious manner. From this useful summary, we can glean that 17/02/1972 an order was placed by Maranello Concessionaires with the factory for a 365 GTB/4 in Blue Dino Metallizzato(106-A-72) with Pelle Beige (VM3218) hide, beige carpets and optional air-conditioning. On 22/05/1972 the car was UK-registered to its first recorded owner, Ian Anthony (Sales) Ltd. of Bury in Lancashire. September the 21st, 1983 marks the change to its second owner, William Loughran Ltd of Preston, Lancashire and a Mr Hughes of Hampstead was the third lucky owner in May 1984.

The Fosker’s document continues for several pages listing MOT mileages, changes of registration number (6), services, and small repairs. Significant dates are 15/05/1989 when a ‘body restoration’ was undertaken by Maranello Concessionaires on behalf of Lord Fitzallan Howard, Greystoke Automotive of Rotherwick and the invoice for this totalled £25,989.85 at 30,293 miles on 08/11/89.... Click here for more information for additional information

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This item is part of A SALE OF FERRARI & PORSCHE 2019 - FERRARI
 Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 | 12:30 PM  EUR (BST)
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1972 Ferrari  365 GTB/4 Daytona
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Lot number: 324
Seller: Silverstone Auctions
Ends: Saturday, September 21 | 12:30 PM  EUR (BST)

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