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Lot 74

2014   |   Amelia Island Auction 2014

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

Coachwork by Designed by Pininfarina Coachwork by Scaglietti

SOLD $660,000

Estimate

$575,000 - $650,000

Chassis

15117

Engine

B1708

Car Highlights

Less than 35,000 Miles from New
Known Ownership History
US Market Example with Air-Conditioning
Accompanied by Owner’s Manuals, Tool Roll, and Jack Kit
Photo-Documented Restoration
Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini

Technical Specs

4,390 CC Tipo 251 DOHC 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

365 GTB/4 15117 was completed at the Ferrari factory on April 26,1972, as a US-specification model and was ordered through Luigi Chinetti by noted racing driver, Dr. Harry Jones. Dr. Jones took delivery of his new Daytona in Modena on May 31, 1972, and later shipped it back to the US. Jones was a successful physician from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, who campaigned a competition specification Daytona in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1974. He finished 16th overall and 7th in the GTS class with co-drivers Marcel Mignot and Philippe Guardjian. In 1975, Jones and Mignot again drove the competition Daytona to 9th overall in the 12 Hours of Sebring.

In April 1985, after 13 years of ownership, and showing 29,900 original miles, Dr. Jones sold 15117 in April 1985 to Dr. Carl Peterson, also a Ft. Lauderdale resident. Later that year the car was sold again, this time to noted enthusiast Diego Ribadeneira – via William Locke of West Palm Beach – in whose care it would remain for the next 18 years. By 2001, after adding just a few thousand miles to the odometer, Mr. Ribadeneira had the Ferrari repainted in Giallo Fly and the interior re-trimmed in tan leather with the appropriate black inserts. In 2003, showing just under 34,000 original miles, Mr. Ribadeneira traded the Daytona, along with a Gullwing, toward the purchase of a D-Type Jaguar.

In 2004, 15117 joined the famous Houston- based John O’Quinn collection and remained there for five years before being purchased with 34,071 original miles by a Rhode Island Ferrari collector in September 2009. During his ownership, he sent the Daytona to Berlinetta Motorcars in Huntington Station, New York, for extensive restoration and detail work in preparation for future Ferrari Club of America concours and driving events. Likely for the first time, the engine was then removed from the chassis, and was partially disassembled, inspected, repainted and detailed, resealed, and reassembled. The valves were adjusted, the cam timing was set, and all six carburetors were serviced. All suspension and brake components were removed and rebuilt. The undercarriage was detailed and correctly painted prior to the installation of the suspension, brakes, and a brand-new Ansa exhaust; and at this time, the transaxle was found to have been previously rebuilt. The body was then color-sanded and polished, and the power-window lifts were serviced along with the air-conditioning system. A Becker Mexico radio completed the period- correct interior. Once the work was finished in 2012, the stance was perfect, thanks to Borrani wire wheels fitted with correct Michelin XWX tires. 15117 then joined a private southern collection before being acquired by the consignor.

In recent months, the Berlinetta has been serviced and road tested by the renowned Chris Dugan of Dugan Motorsports. The wheel bearings were each replaced, the carburetors were freshly tuned, and numerous fine adjustments to the mechanicals were made as necessary.15117 was found to perform beautifully on a recent outing when it made good power and sound throughout the entire rev range, while the transaxle and its synchros performed wonderfully. The suspension was found compliant and handled corners and high-speed straightaways with ease. Displaying 34,516 original miles at the time of cataloguing, this fine Daytona is offered complete with a set of owner’s manuals, a tool roll, and jack kit, and stands ready to delight its next caretaker with exhilarating drives and confident exhibition.