Amelia Island 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytonas

©2013 Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of RM Auctions
©2013 Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of RM Auctions

 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta

Chassis 15569

An original sales invoice indicates chassis number 15569 was sold new by Luigi Chinetti Motors to Verby Equipment Company in New York. Ensuing maintenance invoices extending to 1976 demonstrate that Mr. Verby conscientiously serviced his Ferrari at the famous Greenwich importer.

Mr. Verby kept the Daytona for close to 30 years and just 27,000 miles before passing it along to a couple of owners. It landed with well-known collector Lawrence Simon in 2007.

Mr. Simon submitted the car for judging at the Ferrari Club of America’s International Meet at Corning, NY, in August 2007, where it won a Platinum Award, then at the Le Belle Macchine d’Italia — where the car received second place — and the Newport Concours d’Elegance (third place). The following year, 15569 was presented at the 2008 Cavallino Classic, where it garnered a third Platinum Award, as well as honorable mention in the Preservation Class.

Other than the body having been repainted in its original shade of Rosso Ferrari, chassis 15569 remains overwhelmingly original. The heater, windows, radio, lights, horn and gauges all function properly, and the interior is completely original, including the trunk lining and the mouse-hair dashboard surface. Importantly, the exhaust system, the original smog equipment and the original suspension remain in pristine condition overall.

Chassis 15569, accompanied by its original factory manuals and tools, as well as period documentation from Chinetti Motors, offers a rare opportunity to acquire a near time-capsule 365 GTB/4 that has been sympathetically preserved, modestly driven, and well maintained its entire life.

This car, Lot 176, sold for $781,000 at RM’s Amelia Island auction on March 8, 2014.

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta

Chassis 15741

The 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta presented here, chassis 15741, was completed as a North American-spec, left-hand-drive model, equipped with air-conditioning and finished in the classic sporting combination of Rosso Bordeaux over a black leather interior, which is what 15741 sports today.

The Daytona was sold new by Canadian importer Luigi Della Grotta to Thurman Manufacturing in Columbus. In 1974, it was advertised in the United States with 3,800 miles on the odometer. The next owner purchased the car with 4,378 miles and used it sparingly over 12 years of stewardship.

As of 1987, the Ferrari had been driven only 6,671 miles. The well-preserved Daytona was subsequently sold again in the early 2000s, then again in 2009.

Paul Russell and Company was contracted to cosmetically refresh the car while preserving as much of its originality as possible. It received a bare-metal repaint in the original Rosso Bordeaux as well as the repair of two small flaws in the original upholstery.

Most recently, this superb Daytona has been Red Book certified by the Ferrari Classiche department, confirming its originality and further elevating its status as one of the finest Daytonas extant.

Displaying just under 11,000 original miles at the time of cataloging, this remarkable Ferrari has survived under thoughtful, expert care with its integrity intact. In addition to its inherent qualities and impressive file of receipts, a history report produced by Marcel Massini, the original factory books, tool roll, and the Classiche Red Book are offered with the sale of this car.

This car, Lot 34, sold for $770,000 at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island auction on March 7, 2014.

Steve Ahlgrim

Steve Ahlgrim - SCM Contributing Editor

Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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