Artcurial to auction £6.5m prototype Group 4 Ferrari Daytona

One of only three development protoype Ferrari Daytona lightweights is to be auctioned at the Le Mans Classic in June. Its Le Mans history could help it fetch up to £6.5million

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A Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Group 4 prototype which was sold to three-time Le Mans winner and Ferrari factory driver Luigi Chinetti is to be auctioned by Artcurial Motorcars.

To take the 365 GTB/4 racing, three development prototypes were homologated for competition. The first one was produced in 1969 and had an aluminium body. Between 1970/1, ‘72 and ‘73 three batches of five lightweights were made – 15 in total. Each had plexiglass windows and from ‘72 power was increased to 400bhp and then again to 450bhp in ‘73.

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This particular car was sold directly by the factory to Chinetti in April 1971 ahead of Le Mans. Entered by NART – the North American Racing Team – he and Bob Grossman finished fifth overall, only behind two Porsche 917Ks and two Ferrari 512Ms.

Latterly the car went on to compete in major events in the US, most notably the the Sebring 12 Hours, Daytona 6 Hours and at Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta up until the end of 1973.

The Daytona will feature in Artcurial’s biennial sale at Le Mans Classic on July 7 and carries a pre-sale estimate of between £5.5million and £6.5m.

Managing director of Artcurial Motorcars Matthieu Lamoure said: ‘Seven years after achieving an impressive 5th place in the world’s most iconic race, this exceptional Group 4 Daytona, one of 15 examples built by the factory, represents a jewel for collectors.’

This year’s Silverstone Classic will celebrate 50 years of the 365 GTB/4, which later became known as the Daytona in deference to the marque’s one-two-three finish in the 1967 running of the US endurance race. The model went on to achieve a hat-trick of GT class wins at Le Mans between 1972 and ‘74.

More information on the Artcurial website.

Images courtesy of Loïc Kernen and The Cahier Archive

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