Daytona to cause a stir

Ferrari DaytonaSet to create a stir in the auction rooms is a 1973 Ferrari Daytona which has a wealth of history and was once loaned to Prince Charles.

The last of Ferrari’s front-engined GTs, the Daytona was the fastest production road car of its time.

This particular Daytona is one of just 158 right hand drive 365 GTB/4s which adopted the Daytona moniker, following Ferrari’s 1-2-3 success in the 1967 Daytona 24-Hour race.

The Pininfarina designed Gran Turismo was ordered new by Maranello Concessionaires Ltd in 1973, as a UK demonstrator model.

Soon after its arrival from Italy the iconic GT was loaned to Prince Charles for a week, before it was sold for a seemingly modest sum of £9,250 later that year.

It was then purchased in the late 1980s by John Coombs, the famed patron of the 1960s and 1970s racing Jaguars and Ferraris, before Modena Engineering Ltd acquired the car in 1988.

When it changed hands again the new owner was former president of the FIA, Max Mosely, who kept the Daytona until 2005, when it was purchased by the current vendor.

In November 2008 the car appeared in BBC Top Gear as the car took centre stage in a race from Portofino to Saint-Tropez.

Demonstrating the enduring quality of the Ferrari Daytona and in particular this model, with just 26,281 miles covered the car was tested on a dynamometer before appearing on Top Gear, in August 2008, and recorded an output of 352 bhp, identical to that claimed by the factory at the time of its launch.

The car goes under the hammer at Historics forthcoming sale on Wednesday May 18th, at Brooklands in Surrey.

With such an intriguing and appealing history, this car with its Blue Ribot metallic coachwork over full tan hide interior and Borrani wire wheels, is expected to fetch offers in the region of £180,000 – £210,000.

For more information, and to attend the Historics at Brooklands auction call 0800 988 3838, e-mail:, or see the website at

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