SILVERSTONE Auctions will offer an exceptional 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona once owned by Sir Elton John at its classic sale on July 29-30 at Silverstone circuit.
Delivered new in August 1972 through Maranello Concessionaires Ltd, this confirmed matching numbers example is one of only 158 genuine right-hand drive vehicles supplied, finished in Rosso Chiaro with a black interior as per the manufacturer’s specification.
Early registration information identifies famous Ferrari enthusiast Elton John as the recorded owner and keeper of the car from 1973-1975. It is believed he purchased the Daytona off the back of the success of his famed album ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’.
Since his ownership, later custodian history is fully known and has been made up of Ferrari Owners’ Club member owners. The last private collector owned the car for 16 years, garaging and maintaining the vehicle regardless of cost.
The bodywork is presented in excellent order, the door and panel fit are exceptional and the Rosso Chiaro paintwork still retains a deep shine throughout. The interior has been trimmed in factory specification Black VM8500 Connolly Vaumol hide and is complete with correct Ferrari supplied punched, holed inserts.
The Daytona’s V12 engine fires instantly into life and with an original power output of 352bhp, capable of 175mph, it produces a blistering performance for its age, and the gearbox changes effortlessly through the 5-speed range.
To aid the stopping power, Ferrari fitted servo-assisted brakes to the four-wheel ventilated discs. Air conditioning was optional and was fitted at the factory on this car, but elsewhere the Daytona remained focused on delivering nothing less than a superlative high-performance driving experience.
Today the Daytona odometer reads of 81,675 miles and will be offered with an estimate of £525,000 to £575,000.
A complete history file supports this vehicle, with copies of the original build sheets, order forms, delivery correspondence, and a chronologically ordered file of every Ferrari service bill and receipt from new.