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Coachwork by Scaglietti
Gary MacLeod, Seattle, Washington (acquired new in 1971 via Modern Classic Motors of Reno, Nevada)Marco Diez, Los Angeles, California (acquired from the above circa 2009)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Unveiled in Paris in 1968, the new 365 GTB/4 was nicknamed “Daytona” by the press in recognition of Ferrari’s podium sweep there in 1967. Its sleek body, penned by Leonardo Fioravanti for Pininfarina and rendered in steel by Scaglietti, remains a design benchmark. Hailed the world’s fastest production sports car upon introduction, the Daytona featured a 352 hp, 4.4-liter V-12 engine and five-speed rear transaxle.
One of the first reports on the Daytona was penned by Le Mans-winning driver and journalist Paul Frère, who reported hitting 176 mph in 1969 and declared it a “Grand Touring car par excellence.” Racing victories included the 1972 Tour de France and class wins at Le Mans in 1973 and 1974, and at Daytona in 1973 and 1975. In 1979, a 365 GTB/4 appropriately finished 2nd overall at Daytona. One of Ferrari’s most important road cars, the Daytona marked the end of an era as the last front-engine GT car until the 1990s. Just 1,384 were built from 1968 through 1973.
Numbered 14229, this US-specification example was purchased new by Gary MacLeod via Bill Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors. Steve Clapp, Mr. MacLeod’s uncle, took delivery at the factory in Italy and toured Europe with it before having the Daytona flown to Seattle, Washington, a month later. It remained with Mr. MacLeod for the next 38 years until his passing in March 2009. Following acquisition by the second owner that year, it was comprehensively serviced, refinished in Rosso Rubino (Ruby Red), and both the engine and transaxle were completely rebuilt by Francorchamps of America, Inc. at great expense.
The consignor acquired the Daytona in December 2010 and both further mechanical work and a comprehensive detailing were completed. The interior received a period-correct Becker Mexico radio, new carpeting, and new dash covering using the correct “mouse fur” material, plus an original leather-covered steering wheel, refurbished instruments, and reconditioned original leather. The nicely detailed undercarriage retains the factory chassis inspection markings. The fuel tanks were removed, serviced, and refinished, and new fuel lines and vent hoses were installed. The trunk carpeting, surrounding fabric, and trunk seals were also replaced. Since then, 14229 has formed part of the consignor’s impressive collection. It is offered complete with an owner’s manual, factory parts and service manuals, a tool kit, and detailed ownership and maintenance history, including documents related to the engine and gearbox work. This desirable Daytona is also accompanied by correct Borrani wire wheels and stands ideally suited for the true classic Ferrari GT connoisseur.