Designed to restore the automotive limelight to Ferrari after upstart manufacturer Lamborghini introduced the Miura, the 365 GTB/4 was the most luxurious, most expensive and fastest road-going Ferrari built up to that time. It made its debut at the Paris Auto Salon in 1968 and caused an immediate sensation with its aggressive Pininfarina styling, 352-bhp Lampredi four-cam V-12 engine and top speed of over 174 mph, making it not only the fastest Ferrari, but the fastest production car the world had ever seen. It bested the Lamborghini Miura in virtually every category including that all-important top speed statistic, and was to become a legend both on the road and the race track, where it proved itself time and time again throughout the 1970s.
In addition to the immense power offered by the V-12, the car had superior handling to virtually any other supercar of the period. Designed with a near perfect weight distribution, double wishbone with coil spring suspension, front and rear anti-roll bars and four-wheel disc brakes, the 365 GTB/4 was, and is, the definitive Ferrari supercar of the mid-1970s.
The Ferrari Daytona we are offering here is chassis 13439. Its original specifications were Bianco Polo with black leather interior. 39 cars of the 1284 examples produced were originally delivered in this colour, of which less than 10 were built for the perspex covered headlight series.
13439 was delivered new by the factory to official Ferrari dealer Crepaldi Automobili S.a.s of Milan on June 1970, and on the 17th of that month, it was delivered to its first owner Antonio Berlusconi. The car was registered MIL 05543 on that same day and still carries the same registration up to to now along with its original Italian black plates, which is exceptionally rare to run across.
Berlusconi, already very aged at the time of his ownership (he was born in 1891), sold the car to second owner Pierfranco Sironi of Milan in 1983. As of 1998, 13439 passed on to Garage Venezia of Mario Ruoso who kept the car for another 10 years before it was acquired by its current owner. The car has undergone since then a thorough and extensive mechanical service by one of the leading Ferrari experts in Europe, which also included a full undercarriage recommissioning.
In addition of being mechanically very well sorted and showing a 19,750 km on the clock, this example would certainly deserve to be repainted back to its original Bianco Polo colour, making it undoubtedly a very special car to own.
Available immediately at our premises in Paris.