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Chassis No. 15581

Engine No. B 1994

Transmission No. 953

In the late 1960s, Ferrari faced a difficult decision when developing its next flagship model. Go with the prevailing mid-engine layout which had captivated audiences at the 1965 Turin Motor Show with the introduction of Lamborghini's P400 Miura, and was dominating the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the form of the Ford GT40? Or stay true to the tried and tested front-engine V12 platform that Ferrari customers had come to expect from Maranello? The former would ultimately take shape as the wonderful 365 GT4 BB, but not before Ferrari delivered the ultimate love letter to the front-mounted Colombo V12: the 365 GTB/4 "Daytona."

The first prototype of the Daytona emerged in 1967 – the same year as the Prancing Horse's 1-2-3 victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona from which it would eventually earn its unofficial title. Production versions drew styling cues from the outgoing 275 GTB/4, blending its graceful side profile with a striking, sharp-edged front nose treatment which would come to define the wedge-shaped styling of the 1970s. The engine, internally known as the "Tipo 251," was a longer-block derivation of the 275 GTB/4's V12 with a bore and stroke of 81 mm x 71 mm to 4,390 cc, and would be the only 365 engine to feature dry-sump lubrication. U.S. market versions pumped out a healthy 352 horsepower and 318 lb-ft of torque at 5,500 rpm, delivered to the rear wheels via a five-speed transaxle mounted similarly to that of its predecessor. Enzo Ferrari's decision to develop a swan song for his fabulous line of V12 front-engine sports cars was one rewarded by the motoring press, with Road & Track writing, "Ferrari, who has built so many racing mid-engines, has stayed away from that layout for his fastest road car, perhaps wisely so if his aim is to build the greatest all-round blend of speed, handling, and refinement. For the 365 GTB/4 is that."

This particular 365 GTB/4 Daytona, chassis number 15581, was completed on 2 October 1972 as a left-hand drive U.S. market example. As such, it was specified from the factory with instrumentation in miles as well as a full complement of optional equipment including power windows, AM/FM cassette stereo, and air conditioning. According to research by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, chassis 15581 was delivered new through Casino mogul and official Ferrari importer William "Bill" Harrah's Modern Classic Motors in Reno, Nevada, finished in Rosso Chiaro over Nero Connolly leather. In 1973, the Daytona was sold to its original owner William Doty, an architect residing in Palm Springs, California, who would later advertise the car for sale in 1976 with approximately 24,000 miles. The Daytona was purchased directly from Doty that same year by Los Angeles Superior Court judge and passionate collector of important sports and racing cars, Joseph "Joe" E. DiLoreto. Massini's research indicates that chassis number 15581 remained in Judge DiLoreto's stable along with his championship-winning, ex-Derek Bell and Henri Pescarolo 1974 Alfa-Romeo Tipo 33 TT 12 for the next several decades, with Ferrari Owners Club USA membership rosters listing DiLoreto as the owner from 1977. While in his care, the Ferrari was diligently maintained by DiLoreto's skilled in-house mechanic as well as noted Ferrari specialist Norbert Hofer of Gran Touring Classics in Long Beach, California, who conducted a recommissioning of the engine in the early 2000s. On 11 April 2017, the car was issued Ferrari Classiche "Red Book" certifying that the engine, transaxle, chassis, and body numbers are recognized by Ferrari to match factory records. Following Judge DiLoreto's passing in February 2021, the Daytona was retained by the DiLoreto estate and is now being offered for sale for the first time in 48 years.

Chassis number 15581 is presented as a cherished example of the breed, displaying just over 40,000 miles at the time of cataloging, which is believed by the DiLoreto family to be the original mileage. Refinished in classic Rosso Corsa in the early 2000s courtesy of David Cardona in Downey, California, its Pininfarina-penned exterior is complemented by gleaming brightwork and five-spoke Cromodora magnesium-alloy wheels secured with chrome knock-off hubs. Inside, an elegant wood-rimmed steering wheel frames the instrument binnacle, which is trimmed with correct factory-style black "mouse fur" material. Supple Nero leather covers the door panels, center console, and bucket seats with contrasting red leather seat inserts – trimmed in 2017 by Collins Auto Trim in Downey. Offered with its all-important Ferrari Classiche-issued Red Book, this 365 GTB/4 Daytona emerges from the esteemed collection of only its second owner, presenting an enticing opportunity to acquire and drive the definitive front-engined V12 Ferrari Berlinetta.

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