1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta by Scaglietti

Let’s face it, not many of us have a spare $500-700k lying around but if you do and you’re looking for something to spend it on, look no further than this stunning 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta by Scaglietti which is going under the hammer with RM Sotheby’s at their Abu Dhabi auction in a few days time. Needless to say, examples of this calibre don’t come along all the time so there will likely be some pretty fervent bidding on this lot.

The 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta by Scaglietti from RM Sotheby’s has been restored to the highest possible standard by Joe Macari Performance Cars and it is ideal for presentation at local concours d’elegance or spirited driving excursions such is the calibre of the restoration process it has undergone. It is Ferrari Classiche Certified and the minute you lay eyes of this breathtaking steed, it will be love at first sight.

Keeping Up With The Jones’

With the dawn of the mid-engined Lamborghini Miura in 1966, the writing was on the wall that Ferrari would need to deliver a suitable competitor. Unforeseen engineering problems pushed back the intended timing of the upcoming 365 GT/4 BB, however, so one final development of the classic front-engined Colombo V-12 was undertaken. While the new chassis type 605 was a furtherance of the prior 275 GTB/4 architecture, and the time-honoured short-block motor was enlarged to displace 4.4 litres, the exterior aesthetics were updated in there entirety, and the end result was to become one of Ferrari’s most distinctive models ever created.

This 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta by Scaglietti from RM Sotheby’s boasted brand-new coachwork penned by Pininfarina designer Leonardo Fioravanti. The shark-nose look was a huge departure from previous iteration that was never to be repeated, making the model one of the most unique in Maranello’s entire production history. As Ferrari had recently swept the competition with a 1-2-3 finish at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona with an assortment of P3, P3/4, and 412 P models, the new road car was nicknamed the Daytona, although this name was never officially endorsed by the factory.

This beautifully finished example of the beloved Daytona benefits from Ferrari Classiche certification which showcases its first class condition and performance potential that sets it apart from the competition. According to the combined research of marque expert Marcel Massini and evidence shown by factory records, the chassis no. 16765 completed assembly in mid-July 1973, and was completed in Marrone Metallizzato paint and upholstered with Beige Vaumol leather for an effortlessly cool interior. The Daytona was specified for the European market with instruments in kilometres and equipped with air conditioning and power windows, making for a very well-appointed machine that will turn heads everywhere you go.

Impeccably Restored

In recent years, this 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta by Scaglietti was fully restored by Joe Macari Performance Cars, an official Ferrari service centre in London, UK, who also oversaw the certification process. The Berlinetta is currently finished in the factory shade of Blu Julie and trimmed with a cream interior with black bolster inserts for the Daytona seats, combining for a very attractive colour scheme.

With an eye-catching attention to detail, this late-production Daytona Berlinetta is ideally suited for presentation at local concours d’elegance and Italian car shows, or it may be enjoyed on the open road for the V-12’s stout performance that will positively tear up the asphalt. It would make a wonderful complement to any sporting collection of luxury cars and a perfect acquisition for Ferrari enthusiasts the world over. It just doesn’t come cheap.

Leo is the owner of The Coolector and writes about the stuff he loves. And some stuff that he merely likes.