Ferrari Daytona headlines Silverstone Ferrari sale

Leading a plethora of exotica, highly collectable 1972 model will prove star attraction at Silverstone Auctions’ inaugural dedicated Ferrari auction

Low mileage, highly collectable and proudly boasting that prancing horse up front. What’s not to like? Offered by Silverstone Auctions at its inaugural Sale of Ferraris in association with Ferrari Owners’ Club GB at Silverstone circuit on May 18, this 1972 365 GTB/4 Daytona may well be the marque’s UK buy of the year.

As one of only 158 variants supplied to the British market, and among a mere 15 finished in Argento Auteuil, the seldom-seen and favourably sought Daytona will headline the auction house’s first ever dedicated Ferrari sale since partnering with the prestigious car club.

Collectors are sure to be falling over themselves to become custodian of such an immeasurable icon – particularly as 2018 marks 50 years since the model was launched at the 1968 Paris Motor Show, where it was lauded as being the fastest and most expensive road-going Ferrari to date.

Adam Rutter, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions, says: ‘Without doubt, this is one of the most exceptional Ferraris we’ve had the pleasure to offer for sale. It’s in incredible condition thanks to the very careful ownership of its previous guardians, and I’m sure it will be of serious interest to car collectors worldwide.’

Why is this one so special?

Supplied by Maranello to HW Motors of Walton-on-Thames on May 10, 1972, chassis #15835 was delivered new to historic racer Jeremy Agace. It included the fitment of optional air-conditioning, and it still wears its original MPB 125K licence plate today.

Its Pininfarina-pencilled and Scaglietti-crafted lines incorporate the famous flared wheelarches and angled nose, which mask a 4.4-litre, four-cam V12 pumping out 352bhp. That’s good for propelling the passengers well beyond 170mph.

Back in 2012, this Daytona benefited from a full engine rebuild care of Iain Tyrrell’s team at Cheshire Classic Cars. The overhaul also saw the restoration of the original blue Connelly hide interior, door trims and dashboard using period-correct materials.

The Ferrari is presented with a believed-genuine 35,900 miles on the odometer, and estimated final hammer price rests between £500,000 and £575,000.

‘Chassis #15835 has passed through the hands of some significant collectors during its time. Anyone looking to own a Daytona should certainly consider this example – and what better time to buy than in the 50th anniversary year of the model?’ concludes Adam.

The GTB/4 Daytona is accompanied by an outstanding history file featuring more than 20 MoT certificates, copies of the original factory order form and invoices from respected marque specialists – including Colin Clarke, QV London and SMDG, alongside Cheshire Classic Cars. It joins a catalogue of 30 specially selected Ferraris to be offered for sale.

Entries are currently invited for this sale with a nominal fee of £250 (plus VAT) per entry, plus just five percent commission of hammer price (plus VAT).

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For more information and a full catalogue, visit the Silverstone Auctions website.

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