As far as barn finds go, this one is a biggie.
The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona could never be labelled a ‘common’ Ferrari, with just 1406 coupes and spiders built in a production run that spanned 1968 to 1973.
This Daytona, however, is a little bit more special – of the 1406 made, only 6 racing variants were made with aluminium bodies. 5 were intended solely for track use, and 1 was made for the street. This is that 1, the only road-going Daytona with an Aluminium body, Plexiglass headlamps, and power windows.
Identified and confirmed as the only road-going Aluminium body Daytona by Ferrari marque expert Marcel Massini, the very existence of this sanctified Daytona was questioned by eager collectors all over the world.
The Aluminium Daytona was first sold to friend of Enzo Ferrari and the founder of Autosprint Magazine, Liciano Conti in 1969. From there, the Daytona briefly lived in Conti’s extensive collection of cars before being passed between two further owners in the span of just two months- both of whom made a handsome profit on the trades.
By July of 1971, the Daytona’s Italian registration was cancelled and it was imported by a Japanese dealership. Over the next nine years, the Daytona was passed between two Japanese owners before being acquired by Makato Takai, who locked the car away for the next 40 years- refusing offers from the few enthusiasts aware of its existence.
Now, after spending the last 40 years locked away in a barn with just 36,390 kilometres on the clock, chassis number 12653 is headed to auction at RM Sotheby’s where it is expected to fetch €1.4 – €1.7 million ($2.3 – $2.8 million AUD).
The aluminium Ferrari Daytona will hit the auction block on September 9 at RM Sotheby’s Passion and Legend Sale at Maranello. Probably could do with a detail beforehand, though.