Incredible Barn Find Of The Only Alloy Ferrari Daytona Expected Go for $2 Million
All-Aluminum Ferrari Daytona For Sale Next Month
Published August 29, 2017
As far as barn finds go, this may very well be the most amazing one we’ve ever seen. Yes, we have seen some very cool Porsches, Mustangs and Jaguars appearing now and then in some God-forsaken barns, but this alloy Ferrari Daytona barn find may be the coolest of them all.
Ferrari produced 1,200 units of the famed 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’, yet only five of the cars received the all aluminum treatment and plexiglass covered lights. These cars had only one mission, to win/finish the 24 Hours of Daytona. But one of those five units had a somewhat different life. Called the Ferrari 365 GB4/4 Daytona Berlinetta Alloy by Scaglietti, this particular car is unlike any other. Apart from the racing pedigree it actually received some creature comforts as well. It has powered windows and a Rosso Chiaro finish over a Nero leather interior. The interior received quite a bit more attention than the race spec version.
So, now, 48 years after Scaglietti finished its bodywork and graced the Ferrari Daytona chassis with it, it has reappeared, and it appears as though no one has been maintaining it for 40 years. In fact, it was sitting in a garage owned by Makoto Taki who actually acquired the car in Japan after it was imported by a local dealership in 1972.
Impressively enough, RM Sotheby’s, who will sell the car at auction in September knows all there is to know about the previous owners of the car.
“Chassis no. 12653 is approximately the 30th car in the Daytona numbering sequence, wearing Scaglietti body no. 32. Completed in June 1969, this Daytona was equipped with desirable Plexiglas headlamps and power windows in addition to its tailor-made aluminum coachwork, and finished in Rosso Chiaro (20-R-190) over a Nero (VM 8500) leather interior. In September (1969), the car was distributed for retail to the Bologna dealer Motor S.p.A. di Carla Allegretti, from whom it was purchased later that month by Luciano Conti, the founder and publisher of Autosprint magazine. Mr. Conti’s company sold the Ferrari in September 1970 to Guido Maran of Verona, who in turn re-sold the car a month later to Carlo Ferruzzi of Ravenna.” Then, a Japanese dealership imported it and you know the rest.
Ferrari Daytona at Auction Next Month Will Probably Sell for $2 Million
Let us be the first to say that whoever photographed this car did a fantastic job. It simultaneously looks like it has been sitting in its garage untouched for 40 years and like someone trashed it for the exact purpose of this photoshoot. The story is definitely legit though, and now we’ve got some very special pictures to document that.
The September auction RM Sotheby’s organized bears a special name – Leggenda E Passione sale. Here, they plan to sell some rather amazing pieces of automobilia. However, we are sure that the most valuable or the most sought after entry will definitely be this gorgeous piece.
As the car has driven only 22,611 miles (36,390 kilometers) since new, experts are quite sure it will fetch a price of from $1.65 to $2 million. After all, it’s basically been preserved (albeit poorly) for four decades while the other examples have had plenty of time to rack up miles, total themselves or end up in a collection somewhere. What else could you ask for?