Set to be featured at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey event in August, Bill Harrah’s ‘Hot Rod’ Ferrari is crossing the auction block at no reserve, giving the chance to claim a rather unique model for your garage.
Ferrari premiered the 365 GTB/4 back in 1968 as a major departure from the predecessor – the 275 GTB – which was quickly forgotten thanks to the new model’s first, second, and third place finish at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona that landed its nickname still in use today. More so, the example ready to cross the auction block is no regular Daytona – but a unit commissioned by famed collector William Harrah, earning it the “Harrah Hot Rod” special moniker. William Harrah was a casino magnate and enthusiast collector, and after taking the car new from Modern Classic Motors of Reno he sent it to Francisco Mir’s Service Center in Santa Monica, California.
There it received nine-inch alloy racing wheels, thicker tires, and wider fender flares, as well as an engine upgrade of unknown size. The car changed hands in 1975 when A&P heir John Robertson bought it, then again in 2002 and 2012 to the current consigner. Ferrari of Scottsdale took care of the front end and suspension rebuild, new paint and bodywork was the work of Glenn Roberts, and the engine rebuild came courtesy of Patrick Ottis, with new pistons, rods, valves, and timing chain for a total of 386 horsepower (287 kilowatts).