1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona is a stunning shade of Argento over Blue Leather
Chassis Number 14795
The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta - more commonly known as the ‘Daytona’ after Ferrari's race wins in the US - was a direct replacement for the legendary Ferrari 275 GTB. Built by Scaglietti, the Pininfarina-designed Ferrari Daytona was the work of a young Leonardo Fioravanti, who would go on to pen many other Ferraris including the 512 BB, 308 GTB, 288 GTO and F40.
The Daytona’s engine is a larger, longer version of the V12 in the Ferrari 275 GTB/4, with a capacity of 4.4 litres mated to six Weber carburettors, running through a five-speed gearbox. The performance remains impressive even by modern standards, with a 1971 road test in Autocar magazine recording a 0-60mph time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 174mph.
While some early road tests reported that the 365 GTB/4 could be unruly, eminent automotive writer Mel Nichols dispelled much of that after driving an example owned by Nick Mason of Pink Floyd. His enthralling 1980 road test opened with a phrase now famous among the cognoscenti: "We came over the crest and into the valley...".
Fewer than 160 examples of the Daytona were sold new to the UK and only 22 are recorded as being originally painted in 'Argento Auteuil'. Of these, only seven were trimmed in the light blue Connolly Vaumol 'VM 3015' leather, and the car offered here is unique in having been specified with a wood-rim steering wheel (as featured on the earlier Plexiglas-nose cars) and without headrests.
This Ferrari Daytona was sold new to Mr Ronnie Symondson, who collected the car from Maranello Concessionaires in January 1972. Symondson was a Cambridge graduate who rose through the ranks of the Royal Air Force before becoming a respected engineer and flight instructor at the Brooklands aerodrome in Weybridge after the war. He was also an active member of the Bugatti Owners Club, having acquired the ex-Nicholas Embiricos Bugatti Type 57S – the first such example to be registered in the UK. From the late 1940s onwards, he raced it frequently. In this car and other models, Symondson is credited with completing the Prescott Speed Hill Climb nearly 2,000 times.
The Bugatti was kept for nearly 50 years, and at one time or another, the Type 57S would have shared garage space with the Ferrari Daytona offered here. Not only that, but Symondson was always known for being a perfectionist - his cars were immaculately turned out, which matched his own decorum. When competing in club events, he always wore a sports jacket and a tie. During his custodianship, it's certain this Daytona would have wanted for nothing.
It is also evident that Symondson used the Ferrari as intended, writing to the Ferrari Owners Club magazine in 1972: “As to performance, mine went up quite readily to 7,300 rpm in fifth on an Autoroute.”
We understand the car passed through the hands of another owner in the UK in the early 1980s, before it was subsequently sold to the Alfred Tan the Ferrari dealer in Singapore at the time and exported to Asia. It is believed that the car was stored in Singapore with very little use and it remained there until 2010.
Since arriving back in the UK, the low-mileage car has been restored to pristine condition with a full bare-metal repaint in the original silver hue, as well as a re-trim in the original style of 'Blu Nuvola' hide. The car has also retained its original UK registration of 'JPE 85K'. The owner at the time applied for Ferrari Classiche Certification which was promptly issued and comes with the car today.
This 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 is an outstanding example of the model. With remarkably low mileage and a truly unique specification, this is arguably an unrepeatable opportunity to acquire a superb Daytona with a fascinating history and in truly exceptional condition.
Photo Credit - Tom Shaxton