Ferrari Daytona with royal and Top Gear provenance up for auction


The wedge-shaped 365 GTB "Daytona" has to be one of the best-looking Ferraris ever, but with 1,400+ built in the 60s and early 70s some models are more special than others.

A perfect example of this is chassis #16531, one of only 158 right-hand-drive models, which along with other cars is going under the hammer at the "Historics at Brooklands" event in May.

Its first owner was HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, who drove it for about a week before selling it. A few owners of varied stature owned the car after him, until it appeared on Top Gear.

You may recall the episode (12th in the fifth series) when James May set sail for Saint-Tropez from Portofino in a speedboat, while Richard Hammond took the coastal road in a Daytona. Well this is that very same car.

Resplendent in metallic blue, with a tan leather interior and fitted with Borrani wire wheels, this 365 GTB/4 has covered just 26,281 miles in its 38 years. This car was strapped to a dyno shortly before the appearing on the BBC's infamous car show and it's reported to have lost none of its 352bhp.

This Daytona has to be one of the best available and all the owner provenance has got to add to the value, we shall watch this auction with interest.