A Ferrari should always be red right? Wrong, this 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta proves the Italian marque can deliver something rather special – even in a deep rich yellow overcoat…
Bizarrely, the 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider on offer here is only the 36th of only 121 examples built and is the 1972 New York International Automobile Show car. That bright yellow overcoat we mentioned earlier is the original colours of ‘Giallo Fly’ (derived from the Studio FLY) over Pelle Nera and yes, looks utterly gorgeous, but will most likely cost any prospective owner around $2,750,000 if he or she fancies a spin around town in it.
The car remains in possession of its matching-numbers chassis, engine, gearbox and was owned by an early Ferrari enthusiast and personal friend of the legendary Enzo Ferrari, Alfred Ducato, until his death in 1987. Hardly driven. the stunning Ferrari has covered less than 13,500 miles and boasts an exemplary and fully documented history from new. Ferrari Classiche Certified and a Platinum Winner at the Cavallino Classic.
Following its rampant success of 1-2-3 wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1967, the new 365 GTB/4 was affectionately dubbed the ‘Daytona’ and even dethroned the iconic Lamborghini Miura as the fastest production car.
Dry-sump lubrication enabled a low engine installation, while a five-speed transaxle allowed for a 50/50 weight distribution. The chassis was classic Ferrari, made up of oval-section tubing, and the recently developed all-wheel independent suspension allowed for better handling and tire contact. Four-wheel disc brakes rounded out a superb all-around package.
The car left the factory in December 1971 and was the 36th of just 121 Spiders produced. A left-hand-drive example destined for the United States, it was equipped with instrumentation in miles and air conditioning. In February 1972 it was delivered to Luigi Chinetti’s Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut, and was shown at the New York International Auto Show two months later.
Following its exit from the International New York Auto Show, the Ferrari was sold to banker and long-time Ferrari client Alfredo Ducato of Hillsborough, California, and subsequently to various other wealthy owners.
In 2008, with 13,020 miles, the Daytona Spider was sold to current ownership where it has remained in a meticulously maintained Ferrari collection. Today, the odometer displays just 13,442 miles from new at the time of cataloging. The Italian rarity is now over two decades old and looks to be in incredible condition both inside and out but will require some deep pockets if the sale is to be secured…
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