Experts thought that the only 365 GTB/4 Daytona with aluminium body made to run in the streets was a ‘myth’. Until it was found after nearly 40 years lost.
After dominating the Daytona 24 hours, only a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 was built and sold with the same lightweight aluminium body and configuration to run on the streets, besides the tracks.
However, this unique model was missing for nearly four decades and turned into a “myth”, with its very existence being questioned by experts. Until it was found in a garage in Japan.
Deteriorated by time, this Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta Alloy by Scaglietti underwent an evaluation in June, which confirmed the “find”.
The car will be auctioned by RM Sothebys in these conditions, which estimates a final bid of R$ 5.1 million and R$ 6.3 million.
The value does not even come close to a rare model like these, but the buyer will still spend a few million on the restoration.
According to the auction house, the last Japanese owners made minor cosmetic changes, but the model is practically in its original state and has 36,390 km rolled .
About 1.2 billion units of the 365 GTB/4 Daytona were produced between 1969 and 1973, five had a mild aluminium body to compete on the tracks. After good results, only one other was produced and even sold.
The first owner of this Ferrari was Luciano Conti, founder of the Italian magazine Autosprint, who bought the 0 km model in 1969. After passing hands a few times in Italy, it came to Japan in 1971.
In 1980, the rarity was acquired by Makoto Takai, who hid the sportive in his garage for nearly 40 years. It will be the first time a car like this goes to auction.
The original engine is a 4.4-liter V12. The world premiere of the 365 GTB/4 was during the Paris Motor Show in 1968, and the name “Daytona” came after a full podium of Ferrari, with first, second and third places in 24 hours.