1972 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 'DAYTONA' BERLINETTA

Lot Description

KEY FACTS

  • A superbly presented car with excellent provenance.
  • It is powered by the 347bhp 4.4-litre ‘Colombo’ V12, coupled to a five-speed manual transmission.
  • Over the last two years, around £16,000 has been spent with leading Ferrari specialist Bob Houghton to ensure the car is in fine mechanical condition.

A direct replacement for the legendary 275 GTB, the Scaglietti-built Ferrari ‘Daytona’ had been designed at Pininfarina by a young Leonardo Fioravanti, who would go on to pen many other Ferraris including the 512 BB, 308 GTB, 288 GTO and F40. The 365 GTB/4’s performance remains very impressive even by modern standards, with a 1971 road test in Autocar magazine recording a 0-60mph time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 174mph.

Fewer than 160 examples of the Daytona were sold new to the UK and only 22 are recorded as being originally painted in 'Argento Auteuil'. Of these, only seven were trimmed in the light blue Connolly Vaumol 'VM 3015' leather, and the car offered here is unique in having been specified with a wood-rim steering wheel (as featured on the earlier Plexiglas-nose cars) and Borrani wire wheels.

It was sold new to Mr Ronnie Symondson, who collected the car from Maranello Concessionaires in January 1972. Symondson was a Cambridge graduate who rose through the ranks of the Royal Air Force, later becoming a respected engineer and flight instructor at the Brooklands aerodrome in Weybridge after the war. He was also an active member of the Bugatti Owners Club, famously owning the ex-Nicholas Embiricos Bugatti Type 57S, and is credited with completing the Prescott Speed Hill Climb nearly 2,000 times.

The Bugatti was kept for nearly 50 years, and at one time or another, the Type 57S would have shared garage space with this Berlinetta. Furthermore, Symondson was always known for being a perfectionist – his cars were immaculately turned out, which matched his own decorum – so it is certain this Daytona would have wanted for nothing.

It is also evident that Symondson used this Ferrari as intended, writing to the Ferrari Owners Club magazine in 1972: “As to performance, mine went up quite readily to 7,300 rpm in fifth on an Autoroute.”

The car is known to have passed through the hands of another owner in the UK in the early 1980s, later being owned or offered by John Collins at Talacrest, and subsequently being sold to Alfred Tan’s Hong Seh Ferrari dealership in Singapore. There is no record of official export on the Government portal or HPI, so evidently it remained under its UK registration while in Asia. The car was reportedly kept safely stored, seeing little use and remaining there until 2010.

Since arriving back in the UK after this, the car was restored with a full bare-metal repaint in early 2011, carried out by 355 International, putting the car back to the original Argento hue. Its exhaust system and suspension were overhauled by GTO Engineering, and Ferrari specialist SMDG carried out further mechanical work on the engine. The owner at the time applied for Ferrari Classiche Certification, which was issued in December 2012.

Today, the car presents in superb condition, with its Argento paintwork still looking very sharp 10 years after its repaint. The chrome bumpers are all in great shape, and the light lenses all present well – including in the iconic pop-up units at the front. It rides on a set of 15-inch chrome wire wheels, which are in very good order, shod in period-correct Michelin XWX tyres.

Inside, the ‘Blu Nuvola’ leather upholstery is excellent, showing minimal wear and a very slight patina. Ahead of the driver is the full complement of Veglia Borletti instrument gauges, as well as the special order wood-rimmed steering wheel. An aftermarket air-conditioning system is fitted, which may well have been specified by Symondson.

Mechanically, the car is in very good condition, and it has covered around 4,300 miles over the last nine years. Its most recent maintenance was a major service at Bob Houghton in June 2020 at 19,329 miles. This included an overhaul of the radiator, adjustments to the window mechanisms, adjustment and balancing of the carburettors, and an overhaul of the starter motor. The outer draft shaft gaiters, front anti-roll bar bushes, and front brake flexi hoses were all renewed, and all four brake discs were re-faced and fitted with new pads. The car was also given an annual service with renewal of the brake fluid and spark plugs.

Prior to this, Bob Houghton also serviced the car in April 2019 at 18,763 miles. Other work at this point comprised repairs to the left-hand fuel tank to rectify a split at the base, new points and condensers for the distributors, adjustment of the throttle pedal position, and top-ups of the coolant and transmission fluid.

There is an excellent service history on file covering the last 10 years following the car’s cosmetic restoration. It is also accompanied by some fascinating original documents from the early 1970s, charting the initial order for the car – and confirming the factory specification – and recording various service visits to Maranello Concessionaires after delivery. Also present is what appears to be an original tool kit, as shown in the gallery.

This 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 is an outstanding example of the model, which presents superbly following a recent restoration and regular maintenance with leading specialists over the last 10 years. Its low mileage readout is believed to be genuine given its long-term storage in Asia, while its unique factory specification and superb early history with a well-known hill climb competitor further adds to its appeal. For anyone who is seeking a well-documented, beautifully presented and yet eminently usable example of the famous ‘Daytona’, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

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Car Overview

  • 20,150 miles (indicated)
  • manual
  • RHD
  • Argento Auteuil
  • Blu Nuvola
  • 4.4L V12
  • VIN14795


Lot Overview

  • Lot #03982
  • managed Sale
  • Marlborough, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

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  • IC

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Documents  (88)

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