Lot 147

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

SOLD $522,000


$600,000 - $750,000





Car Highlights

Offered from 21 Years of Single Ownership
Four Documented Owners Since 1986
Desirable European-Specification Model
Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini
Delivered New in Italy Finished in Elegant Grigio Ferro

Technical Specs

4,390 CC DOHC V-12 Engine
Six Weber Carburetors
352 BHP at 7,500 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent-Wishbone Suspension and Tubular Shock Absorbers

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Bud Moeller, Walnut Creek, California (acquired by 1986)Ray Maranges, Hialeah, Florida (acquired by 1989)Jack Ruscilli, Columbus, Ohio (acquired in 1990)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 1998)

This well-preserved example of the celebrated Ferrari Daytona benefits from a recent 21-year period of static storage, resulting in a pure base that would be ideal for restoration or freshening. According to the accompanying history report by Ferrari expert Marcel Massini, chassis 15517 completed assembly in March 1972, specified for the European market with instruments in kilometers, and finished in Grigio Ferro (Iron Gray) over a black leather interior.

After initial distribution to the Milan-based Ferrari dealer M.G. Crepaldi, the 365 GTB/4 was exported to the US in the mid-1970s, apparently passing to an owner based in Southern California. By 1986, the car was owned by Bud Moeller of Walnut Creek, California, a marque collector who eventually became known for extensively racing a former Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 car, a 1980 312-T5. Some engine work was undertaken on the Daytona around this time and, by 1989, the 365 GTB/4 was sold to real estate developer and marque enthusiast Ray Maranges of Hialeah, Florida.

In 1990, the Daytona was acquired by Jack Ruscilli, a Ferrari collector residing in Columbus, Ohio, whose impressive collection at various points included a Maserati 150 S, a prototype Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Series I, and a long-wheelbase 250 GT California Spider. Mr. Ruscilli had the exterior repainted in Rosso and the brightwork re-chromed, and elements of the interior, such as the dashboard, were likely refurbished around this time. In 1998, the Daytona was sold by Mr. Ruscilli to the consignor, a private collector who elected to store the car in a climate-controlled garage, awaiting the attention of its next caretaker, for over two decades.

In preparation for the current offering, the 365 GTB/4 was submitted for service to the marque experts at Motion Products Inc. in Neenah, Wisconsin, stewards of many award-winning restorations. The Daytona will likely require further mechanical attention before any road use.

The Massini report lists an ownership chain of just four caretakers over the last 33 years, and this European-specification 365 GTB/4 offers a wonderful opportunity for a return to its attractive original livery, or it may simply be mechanically freshened and enjoyed on the open road. This fine Berlinetta would be an outstanding choice for veteran Ferrari enthusiasts or for anyone wishing to join the ranks of Daytona ownership.