Unique barn find Ferrari Daytona heads to Auction

By: James Robinson, Unique Cars magazine

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1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

Why can’t we ever find things like this?!

Last time I walked into a barn, I found some hay, and a snake that looked pretty displeased to see me.

What I didn’t find was one of the rarest classic Ferraris ever to roll off the production line in Maranello, but some chap in Japan has gone and done just that.

What has been unearthed is a truly unique beast; the only alloy-bodied street version of the venerable 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’.

Why have we qualified the fact that it’s a street version? Because there are five alloy Daytonas in total, however four of the five were fully-prepped race cars, built to take on the gruelling 24 hours of, you guessed it, Daytona.

Completed in June of 1969, this Daytona was equipped with the highly desirable Plexiglass headlamps and power windows and is still sporting its factory original ‘Rosso Chiaro’ red exterior with contrasting ‘Nero’ black leather interior.

It also had a rather special first owner in Luciano Conti, founder and publisher of Autosprint magazine and close personal friend of Enzo Ferrari.

The barn find Fezza is said to have been parked dormant for almost 40 years, and is displaying an odometer reading of 36,390 kilometres, which is believed to be legitimate.

As you can probably tell from the photos, it could do with a bit of a resto, but that hasn’t dulled interest, or its value, and when the vehicle goes to Auction with RM Sothebys on September 9, the auction house reckon it’ll sell for between 1.4-1.6 million Euros, or roughly 2.1-2.5 million Aussie dollars.  

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