Between 1969 and 1973 a mere 1,200 units of the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 were manufactured in Maranello, so the Daytona is actually a rare series on its own – and a collector’s delight.
The model got its nickname that stuck through the ages particularly due to the only five examples of the cars that were treated to a lightweight alloy competition build, aiming to dominate the eponymous 24 Hours of Daytona. And of those – a single example has even eben commissioned for street use. The only Ferrari 365 GB4/4 Daytona Berlinetta Alloy by Scaglietti in the world was actually lost – and only recently uncovered, and it’s now set to go under the hammer at the RM Sotheby’s Ferrari – Leggenda E Passione event taking place next month. The example is completely original, unrestored and with all matching numbers.
Chassis number 12653, this Daytona comes with a Scaglietti body, number 32, and was finished back in June 1969. Different from other 365 GTB/4 of the time, this particular Daytona has Plexiglas headlights and power windows, aluminum coachwork, as well as a Rosso Chiaro exterior hue combined with Nero leather interior. The car changed ownership multiple times before arriving in the possession of Makoto Taki from Japan, who hid and forgot about it for more than four decades.