A 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Berlinetta with only 26,117 miles recorded from new will be offered by Collecting Cars online auction platform shortly.
The right-hand-drive Italian favourite is a UK example and was originally finished in Argento Auteuil paintwork with black Connolly leather, charcoal grey carpets, air conditioning and has the pop-up headlights.
Collected from the factory in May 1971 by its first UK custodian, the car was then given a ‘run-out’ along the Italian Riviera in time for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Records show two ‘running-in’ services which were carried out June and July 1971 at Maranello Concessionaires in Egham, and a 6,000-mile service in August when the odometer recorded 5,809 miles from new. Its first change of keeper occurred in August 1972, and the next in June 1974.
Details are extremely sketchy, but the car was involved in an accident that saw the Ferrari heading down an incline and subsequently being extracted via chains around its body shell, which significantly added to the existing crash damage incurred by the vehicle.
Bruised and battered, the ‘Daytona’ was then purchased by an enthusiastic, but less than able ‘restorer’ intent on breathing new life into the classic. Sadly, the delusion involved cutting off the roof and recreating a 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider, which was soon shelved with a more recent gentleman buying the car who’s main intention was to complete the restoration fully.
Wind the clock some 30 years, the Ferrari has now been safely stored for 3 decades without any progression. The current owner, who was a friend of this gentleman, acquired the project car in 2006, having known about its existence for some years.
Over the last 13 years, this Daytona has gone through an incredible transformation. Given the damage to both the body panels and the chassis, a ground-up rebuild was undertaken, which included extensive specialist repairs to the frames, as well as completely renewed body panels. A genuine Scaglietti front section had been sourced by the last owner, and the new rear section and roof were purchased directly from Maranello Concessionaires.
The car is now back to its original Berlinetta configuration, with superb metalwork by renowned Ferrari coachbuilder Alwin Hietbrink. It is as straight and solid as when it first left the factory – and almost certainly even better.
Partially finished project
The Italian classic is now being offered as a ‘complete’ and partially finished project, retaining its original 4.4-litre V12 engine as well as dozens of boxes of components that are stored with the car. There are no items that are known to be missing, and because the vendor has acquired numerous brand-new parts, there are more likely to be duplicates rather than omissions.
Whilst the ‘bulletproof’ engine was initially stuck from decades of inactivity, the heads were taken off and the main components were found to be in remarkably good condition. The original speedometer remains in the instrument cluster and shows just 26,117 miles from new.
Its chassis and bodywork have been fully restored, though of course, the next owner can decide on what colour it should be painted. Beyond the paintwork, the project’s next phase is a comprehensive mechanical refurbishment and rebuild, including refinishing of components and almost certainly a full re-trim of the interior.
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 – Coming Soon
This Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Berlinetta project is now available to view in the ‘Coming Soon’ section of the Collecting Cars website where interested buyers can safely bid*
*The auction will be going live via this link in January, and anyone interested in bidding will need to be a verified user on the platform.