One-off Ferrari Daytona barn find could fetch more than £1.5 million
A unique Ferrari 365 GTB 'Daytona' that was found in a barn in Japan is going under the hammer next month and could fetch more than £1.5m.
Although 1,200 365 GTB/4s were built, this example is the only road-going 'Alloy' competition car that was based on the race car that dominated the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Made with a custom-built aluminium body, this unique vehicle was fitted with power windows, plexiglass headlights and a black leather interior and has covered more than 22,500 miles. The bodywork was finished in Rosso Chiaro.
After being completed in 1969, this car was originally sold to Italian magazine Autosprint founder and publisher Luciano Conti – a close friend of Enzo Ferrari – before it was sold a year later.
The 365 GTB/4 was sold again in 1970, before its Italian registration was cancelled in 1971. From there it was shipped to Japan, where it has spent the rest of its life. It was bought by its current owner, Tateo Ito, of Nagoya, in 1979 and he kept it in his barn until it was rediscovered in June this year.
Although it isn't in the best condition, this 365 has been subject to several offers over the years from a select group of people who knew of the model's whereabouts, but Ito has refused to sell it until now.
Coming with all the original parts and equipment, this one-off Ferrari is going on sale at the Ferrari – Leggenda E Passione auction in association with RM Sotheby's on September 9. The lot has a lower estimate of £1.2m, with a higher estimate set at £1.56m.