Lot 180 - 1967 Ferrari 365 4 Daytona Spider by Scaglietti
|Odometer reading||28,708 km|
|Estimate||£580,000 - £670,000|
- One of six factory prototype spiders produced
- Gifted to and used by Arturo Merzario
- Interesting and varied history
- Presents in stunning condition
This car can be viewed in person from 14th to 18th July 2020 at our the auction site, Windsorview Lakes, Datchet, SL3 9HY
One of the most talked about releases of the 1968 Paris Motorshow was Ferrari's brand new Berlinetta. It was expected to be called Daytona to celebrate Ferrari's 1-2-3 finish in the 1967 Daytona 24 Hours race. At the launch however the press was proven wrong as it was just dubbed 365 GTB/4 but the name stuck and to this day it is still referred to as the 'Daytona'. Ironically, it was intended to be called Daytona - but when the name leaked out prematurely Ferrari reverted back to using the traditional system. The engine was based on the 330 unit and featured double overhead camshafts first seen on a production Ferrari only two years earlier. The oval tube ladder type frame was as traditional as the engine layout. It was the Pininfarina design that made the 'Daytona' stand out.
This Ferrari, chassis number 11929, was the fourth of six registered prototypes produced by Ferrari. It was manufactured as a GTB/4 and was the first Daytona built by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. This example was tested extensively by Ferrari at the Modena race track and achieved the highest speed of any production car in the world at the time, reputed to be 300km/h. The car then appeared at the Paris Motor Show in 1968 along with another prototype chassis number 11795 which was the officially designated Daytona press car which then appeared at the Turin Motor Show.
Continuing the Ferrari tradition of passing prototype cars on to their race team car drivers, chassis number 11929 was gifted to Arturo Merzario who began his career as a test driver for the works Fiat Abarth team, and subsequently progressed to GT racing and European mountain-climb events. His success won him a drive within the Ferrari Sports Car Team. In 1972 he won the Spa 100km, the Targo Florio and the Rand Nine Hour races as well as being the European two-litre champion for Abarth. Merzario then made his Formula One debut for Ferrari in 1972 finishing a creditable sixth in his first race at Brands Hatch.
The official Ferrari ‘Red Book’ written by Enzo Ferrari confirms the Merzario connection and also that chassis number 11929 was converted to Spider configuration in 1970/71 by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. The 365/4 then found its way to the USA in the 1980’s and seems to have been passed from collector to collector, at one stage selling for over one million dollars. In 2004 the car was purchased by a collector and remained in his possession until he sold the car to a Canadian collector in 2015. The car has recently found its way to British shores courtesy of a Ford GT40 deal.
Features of this stunning Ferrari are most notably the chassis which, as a prototype, was constructed on a 275 GTB/4; the only other comparable car being chassis number 11795 which is preserved in a private collection of a vintner in California who has a reputation of owning some of the rarest and most valuable cars in the world. Chassis number 11929 has often been dubbed as ‘the lost prototype’ given its conversion to a Spider configuration. However, what is undeniable is that this car is a very important piece of Ferrari history.
Presenting today in stunning condition and finished in Ferrari’s traditional colour combination of Rosso Corsa with Tan interior this example had an engine rebuild in 2006. The car has done very little work since and she runs beautifully. The paintwork of this Ferrari is first class and a brief look underneath confirms no stone has been left unturned in ensuring this 365/4 presents in the best condition possible. Supplied with a NOVA certificate and a fascinating history folder, this remarkable Italian classic represents a fantastic opportunity to secure an exceptionally rare piece of motoring history.
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