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Lot 34

2014   |   Amelia Island Auction 2014

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

Coachwork by Designed by Pininfarina Coachwork by Scaglietti

SOLD $770,000

Estimate

$750,000 - $825,000

Chassis

15741

Engine

B 2056

Car Highlights

Ferrari Classiche Certified
Approximately 10,900 Documented Miles from New
Original US-Delivery Daytona with Air-Conditioning
Recent Restoration and Preservation Work
Authentic Example with Tremendous Integrity
Complete with Handbooks, Tool Roll, and Classiche Red Book
Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini

Technical Specs

4,390 CC DOHC V-12 Engine
Six Weber 40 DCN Twin-Choke Carburetors
352 BHP at 7,500 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Power Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that the interior refurbishment performed by Paul Russell and Company included the recovering of the seats in correct new leather.

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The 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta presented here, chassis 15741, was completed at the Ferrari factory on November 21, 1972. As was the case with many of the high-performance grand touring cars, this example was destined for American shores and was thus specified with a left-hand-drive arrangement, equipped with air-conditioning, and finished in the classically sporting combination of Rosso Bordeaux over a black leather interior, the same livery 15741 sports today.

Shortly after leaving the factory gates, the Daytona was shipped to the official Eastern Canada importer, Luigi Della Grotta in Montreal. According to Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, the first owner on record was Thurman Manufacturing in Columbus. In 1974, M.W. Blanchard of Minneapolis advertised the Ferrari in Autoweek with 3,800 miles on the odometer. The Daytona’s next owner was M. Cummins, a resident of Ohio who purchased the car with 4,378 miles and used it sparingly over 12 years of stewardship.

As of 1987, the Ferrari had only been driven 6,671 miles and was subsequently sold to respected Texas-based collector Mitchell Rasansky. The well-preserved Daytona was subsequently sold in the early 2000s and eventually ended up in the hands of an astute collector in Tennessee in 2009.

The highly acclaimed Paul Russell and Company was then hired to perform what was deemed a “preservation” of the Daytona. As the included folder of documentation shows, Paul Russell was asked to perform whatever servicing or repair that the Ferrari required in addition to a bare-metal repaint of the original and tasteful Rosso Bordeaux as well as the repair of two small flaws in the original upholstery. What was undertaken was a comprehensive cosmetic refreshing of the car’s finishes where necessary, all the while preserving originality wherever possible. For example, while the body received new paint, the chrome was removed and simply cleaned, and all body rubber and seals were replaced. It should be noted that the Borrani wire wheels with which 15741 was first delivered have been changed in favor of the iconic silver five-spoke Cromodora center- locking alloy wheels, which further enhance the sporting nature of the 365 GTB/4.

The Ferrari eventually made its way through two additional owners and received further mechanical servicing and engine-bay detailing in 2011, with receipts included in the sale of the Ferrari. Most recently, this superb Daytona has been “Red Book”-certified by the Ferrari Classiche department, confirming its originality and further elevating its status as one of the finest Daytonas extant.

Today, 15741 presents beautifully in each and every aspect: The engine bay and opening compartments are authentically presented and well groomed, the original interior is crisp and inviting, and the paint and bodywork are finished to a consistently high standard. In all categories, this Daytona bears the signs of an extremely correct and low-mileage car that has benefitted from decades of responsible stewardship and consistent, reverent upkeep.

Currently displaying just under 11,000 original miles at the time of cataloguing, this remarkable Ferrari has survived under thoughtful, expert care with its integrity intact. In addition to its inherent qualities and impressive file of receipts, a history report produced by Marcel Massini, original factory books, tool roll, and Red Book are offered with the sale of this car.

A textbook example of the last Enzo Ferrari-era front-engine V-12 sports car, this exceptional 365 GTB/4 stands apart from the crowd thanks to its documented history, impressive credentials, outstanding condition, and careful use. Those in search of an attractive, low-mileage Daytona are encouraged to have a closer look at this refreshingly honest and correct example. It is, quite simply, a superb representative of 1970s Italian motoring at its finest.