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Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona to headline specialist sale

A LOW-MILEAGE 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona is being offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions at its inaugural ‘A Sale of Ferraris in association with Ferrari Owners’ Club GB’ at Silverstone circuit on May 18.

One of only 158 UK-supplied cars, and just 15 finished in Argento Auteuil, the exquisite Daytona will headline the auction house’s first-ever Ferrari marque dedicated sale since partnering with the prestigious car club.

Adam Rutter, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions, said: “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 collectors worldwide.”

This year the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona celebrates 50 years since its launch at the 1968 Paris Motor Show, where it was announced as the most expensive and fastest road-going Ferrari ever built.

Supplied by Maranello to H.W. Motors of Walton-Upon-Thames on May 10, 1972, it was delivered new to classic car enthusiast and historic racer Jeremy Agace, with air-conditioning as an optional extra. Its original number plate, ‘MPB 125K’, is still worn by the car.

The unmistakeable bodywork designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti features a long bonnet, cut-off tail, steeply angled nose and flared wheel arches. It is just as impressive under the bonnet with a 4.4-litre, 4-cam V12 engine producing an astonishing 352bhp and a top speed of 174mph.

In 2012 the car benefited from a fastidious full engine rebuild under the watchful eye of Iain Tyrell and his team at Cheshire Classic Cars, as well as a restoration of the original Blue Connelly hide interior, door trims and dashboard using period correct materials, courtesy of an ex-Connolly craftsman.

Today this very special Ferrari presents in excellent condition reading just 35,900 miles and will be offered for auction with an estimate of £500,000 to £575,000.

The car is accompanied by a fascinating history file containing over 20 old MoT certificates, copies of the original factory order form and invoices from respected marque specialists. It will join a catalogue of just 30 specially selected Ferraris offered at the sale, alongside a Ferrari memorabilia auction.

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