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Lot 55

2016   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2016

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

Coachwork by Scaglietti

SOLD $825,000

Estimate

$800,000 - $1,000,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

15273

Car Highlights

Single Ownership for 41 Years
Highly Original 12,000-Mile Example
Unseen in Public for Decades
Supplied with Original Books and Tools
A Fascinating Ferrari Discovery

Technical Specs

4,390 CC Tipo 251 60° V-12 Engine
Six Weber 40 DCN20 Carburetors
352 BHP at 7,500 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Wishbone Suspension with Coil Springs and Telescopic Dampers
Register to Bid

Jorge Carnicero, McLean, Virginia (acquired new in late 1972)Thomas B. Kern II, Charles Town, West Virginia (acquired in 1975)John and Regina Doll, Thurmont, Maryland (acquired from the above in 1975)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Unveiled in Paris in 1968, the new 365 GTB/4 gained its unofficial name while still a prototype, when Ferrari swept the podium of the storied 24-hour race at Daytona in 1967. Today, the 365 GTB/4 remains the ultimate expression of the classic front-engine V-12 Ferrari concept, with its lean and aggressive body universally acknowledged as one of Pininfarina’s finest designs.

The Daytona was hailed at introduction as the fastest production sports car in the world, with a claimed top speed of 174 mph on tap courtesy of its 352 bhp, four-cam V-12 engine. Road & Track’s Dean Batchelor photographed an indicated 180 mph at 7,000 rpm, and even when the speed was calculated and corrected, it still worked out to 173 mph. One of the first reports on the Daytona came from the pen of Le Mans-winning driver and auto journalist Paul Frère, who hit a reported 176 mph in 1969. He also extolled the Daytona’s impressive total experience, characterizing it as a “Grand Touring car par excellence.”

The highly original 365 GTB/4 presented here was recently discovered and has spent the majority of its existence in appreciative, single family ownership. According to Marcel Massini’s history report, 15273 was sold new to Virginia industrialist and Ferrari enthusiast Jorge Carnicero in 1972, and by 1975 the Daytona was purchased by Thomas Kern of West Virginia.

It was not long before the Daytona changed hands one more time. Later in the year, and with only about 1,000 total miles on its odometer, Mr. Kern sold 15273 to active sports car enthusiasts, his family friends Regina “Regie” Doll and her husband, John, of Thurmont, Maryland. The Daytona would remain in their ownership for the next four decades.

The Dolls began buying sports cars in the early 1950s, beginning with an MG TD and an early 356 Coupe, on which Regie first mastered the manual “crash box.” Their automotive adventures would take them to several countries. Before long, the couple graduated to Lancias and numerous Mercedes, including 300 SLs. Competitive in sports car racing as far back as 1957, Mrs. Doll was a charter member of the Mason Dixon Sports Car Club and co-founder of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship for Autocrossing.

Over the years, the Dolls owned dozens of sports cars, eventually graduating to Ferraris, and she recently reminisced that they enjoyed every one of them. Highlights of the Doll collection included no fewer than five Ferraris, including a 250 GT, a 275 GTS, and a 275 GTB/4, as well as a 342 America that the couple drove to see the races at Sebring. Mrs. Doll still holds Ferrari Owners Club membership no. 431, identifying her as one of the club’s longest-standing members.

Her beautifully preserved Daytona shows the hallmarks of appreciative and spirited ownership, including a Paddock Pass to the Watkins Glen Grand Prix, likely from the 1979 event, still affixed to the windshield. An internal fire suppression system was installed, and the car proudly wears a cloisonné NART badge on the rear of the trunk lid. The paint, which is believed to be largely original, shows areas of lacquer checking – a welcome reminder of the passage of time to any automotive preservationist. The interior is believed to be original, exhibiting an inviting patina on the black leather seats and some fading to the carpets. The “mousehair” dash looks just right.

When the consignor acquired the Daytona in 2016, it showed exactly 12,345 miles on its odometer. Mrs. Doll had continued to use the car sparingly through the years but less so recently as local traffic volume had made exercising the big V-12 more of a challenge for her. The Ferrari has the correct stance on its Michelins and Cromodora alloys and presents as one would hope a low-mileage, well-kept Daytona would. Complete with a beautiful set of manuals and its tool roll, this seldom-seen Daytona has not been offered for public sale since it was practically new. One of the most exciting Ferrari finds in recent memory, this striking Daytona stands ready for its next appreciative caretaker.