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*Please note that this vehicle is titled 1972.
Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo, Portland, Oregon (acquired in 1973)Lars Martin, Monte Sereno, California (acquired from the above in 1975)Bob Martin, Los Gatos, California (acquired from the above by 1982)Joseph A. Graziano, Saratoga, California (acquired via Ferrari of Los Gatos in 1990)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2012)
Vintage Ferrari Concours, Monterey, California, 1992Ferrari Club of America National Meeting and Concours, Palm Springs,California, 2012 (Argento Award, Coppa Bella Macchina Award)The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, Carmel, California, 2013
Introduced at the Paris salon in 1968, Ferrari’s new 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta earned its unofficial “Daytona” name while still a prototype, in honor of the Scuderia’s electrifying podium sweep in Florida at the famous 24-hour race there in 1967. Now, as when new, the 365 GTB/4 remains the ultimate expression of the classic front-engine V-12 Ferrari GT concept, with its Scagliettibuilt body universally acknowledged as one of Pininfarina’s finest designs. Hailed from launch as the world’s fastest production sports car, the Daytona’s factory-claimed top speed of 174 mph was confirmed by Road & Track magazine’s Dean Batchelor, who photographed an indicated 180 mph at 7,000 rpm; when later calculated and corrected, a “true” 173 mph speed was documented.
While intended from the outset as a fast road car, several 365 GTB/4s were raced and remained competitive long after most other contenders had retired. Between 1970 and 1979, 18 Daytonas competed in their namesake 24-hour race, earning five top-10 finishes and two second-place podiums. The last included the 1979 GTO class win scored by the Modena Sports Cars entry driven by John Morton and Tony Adamowicz. Not all of the Daytona’s achievements were entirely official, however, including the unsanctioned top-speed charge by Dan Gurney and Brock Yates on an Arizona highway during the second New York-to-Los Angeles Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. The Daytona was truly an important production model for Ferrari, with marque experts citing 1,383 examples produced from 1968 to 1974, plus 121 open-air spiders. Marking the end of an era, the Daytona was Ferrari’s last front-engine V-12, two-seat road car until the mid-1990s.
This outstanding example of the universally acclaimed Daytona is exceptionally original and well preserved, having covered less than 21,000 miles in the care of just four California-based owners. The Ferrari is also well documented, including copies of the original sale paperwork, a 1975-dated photograph of the car, and a report from marque historian Marcel Massini.
The 1,012th example produced by assembly sequence, chassis 16501 is an original US model equipped with Borletti air-conditioning and power windows. Factory-finished in Bianco Polo Park (Polo White) with black leather upholstery and gray carpets, it was completed on May 29, 1973, delivered to West Coast Ferrari distributor Bill Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors, and sold to official Ferrari dealer Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo in Portland, Oregon. The Daytona remained with Tonkin until April 19, 1975, when it was sold as a new car at 201 miles to Lars Martin of Monte Sereno, California. The car remained in Mr. Martin’s hands for several years and, in 1982, it was listed in the Ferrari Owners Club roster as being under the care of Bob Martin of Los Gatos, California, presumably a family member.
In December 1990, 16501 was advertised for sale in the Los Angeles Times by Ferrari of Los Gatos, described as “…white with black interior and 10,000 miles.” Soon after, 16501 was sold to Joseph A. Graziano, a top Silicon Valley executive with Apple Computer Inc. and Sun Microsystems. Under Mr. Graziano, 16501 was shown at the August 1992 Vintage Ferrari Concours in Monterey, and he would retain the Daytona until March 2012, when the current owner acquired it at 16,000 miles. Soon, the Daytona was shown at the October 2012 FCA National Meeting and Concours in Palm Springs, California, where it earned Argento and Coppa Bella Macchina awards. The next documented show outing for 16501 was during August 2013 at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, in Carmel, California. Under the current ownership, 16501 has been maintained by noted classic Ferrari expert Bill Attaway of La Mesa, California. Confirming the Daytona’s excellence, this example has earned Ferrari Classiche certification and comes to auction accompanied by its Red Book. Desirable additional items include books and manuals inside their correct factory pouch, a tool roll and jack kit, and a period Ferrari cloisonné key fob.
Presented today in superb original order and exceptionally well documented, this visually distinctive 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona clearly benefits handsomely from its limited roster of owners and low mileage. Accordingly, it stands tall as a benchmark example of the Ferrari model that Road & Track editors declared nearly 50 years ago to be “…the best sports car in the world.”