Elton John’s former Ferrari Daytona is up for sale

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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This, one of 158, UK-delivered RHD 365 GTB/4 Daytona was John’s first Ferrari

Silverstone Auctions is currently offering this 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, bought new by none other than Elton John, a noted Ferrari aficionado.

It is part of a dedicated ‘Sale of Ferrari and Porsche’, but while most other lots have already sold, this car remains currently listed on their website, stating: "Buy for £475,000". That equates to AU$872,049.

The Rosso Chiaro Daytona was registered new on August 3, 1972 by Maranello Concessionaries – the official Ferrari agent in Great Britain at the time – for Elton John reportedly off the back of the success of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". It’s also said to be his very first (of many) Ferraris, purchased at age 26, and stayed under his ownership until 1975 according by accompanying documentation.

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The car is one of just 158 genuine right-hand drive Daytonas delivered to the UK, and is specified with a black Connolly Vaumol hide interior which was retrimmed recently in 2017.

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The 365 GTB/4 Daytona’s nameplate was given to it after Ferrari’s 1-2-3 finish at the 1967 Daytona 24hr; and can be pitched as Ferrari’s response to the Lamborghini Miura which debuted in 1966. The Daytona superseded the Miura as the fastest road car in the world, with its 4.4lt quad-cam V12 propelling the car to a top-speed of 175mph (282km/h).

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The Daytona comes with a comprehensive and extensive history file: with factory build sheets, order forms, every Ferrari service receipt since new, and every MOT certificate to confirm its 82,000 mile odometer.

Beyond Elton John’s celebrity provenance, the car has been owned since by Ferrari Owner’s Club members, and one previous long-term owner who maintained it without expense for 16 years.

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The car is completely numbers correct, with known ownership and history since new.

Silverstone Auctions actually sold this very car back in 2017 to a noted Ferrari collector. It returns to market again following the passing of its previous owner, and is offered on behalf of the surviving family.

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Even without prior celebrity ownership, a 1973 365 GTB/4 Daytona is one of the mainstays in global car collecting, and on local shores will fetch seven figures all day and continue to grow in global collector appeal.

This car with unique and comprehensive history, and in pristine condition, seems like a fair buy then for AU$872,049.

 

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