1972 Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta
- A highly original and authentic Daytona
- Five owners from new, including 30 years with its original owner
- Multiple FCA Platinum Award winner
- Presented with owner’s manuals, tools, and books
This desirable late U.S.-specification Daytona boasts impressive originality and minimal use, resulting in numerous recent FCA Platinum Awards. Completed on 25 September 1972, chassis number 15569 was factory-equipped with air-conditioning and finished in Rosso Ferrari over beige leather, just as it presents today. The seatbacks were desirably upholstered with black lateral inserts in the popular design that came to be known as the “Daytona-style” seat.
According to an original sales invoice, chassis number 15569 was sold by Luigi Chinetti Motors in July 1973 to H. Verby of the Verby Equipment Company in Hewlett Harbor, New York, who traded in his 365 GT 2+2. Ensuing maintenance invoices from Chinetti Motors indicate that Mr. Verby continued to service his Ferrari at the renowned Greenwich importer, with records extending to 1976, at which time the odometer displayed 15,315 miles.
As of October 2002, the Daytona was still registered in Mr. Verby’s name, indicating that the original owner retained possession for close to 30 years. The beautiful car was sparingly used over the interim, as it still displayed just 27,000 miles when it was acquired by a New Jersey–based dealer of fine Ferraris the following month. It was purchased in March 2003 by a Rhode Island collector, trading hands at least once more before being acquired in mid-2007 by Lawrence Simon of Shawnee, Pennsylvania.
Recognizing that the fabulously preserved Daytona had essentially never been presented among the growing Ferrari collectors niche, Mr. Simon submitted the car for judging at the Ferrari Club of America’s International Meet at Corning, New York, in August 2007, where it won a Platinum Award. Further 2007 events included the La Belle Macchine d’Italia (where the car received 2nd place), the FCA Nationals at Watkins Glen (another Platinum Award), and the Newport Concours d’Elegance (3rd place).
The following year 15569 was presented at the 2008 Cavallino Classic, where it garnered a third Platinum Award, as well as an honorable mention in the Preservation Class. During this period of care, Mr. Simon drove the car sparingly and tended to its minimal needs, which included adding new synchros and refurbishing the lovely Borrani wire wheels.
The car later exchanged hands in August of 2008, where it was subsequently acquired by a collector in California. When evaluated by the well-known specialists at Black Horse Motors of Los Angeles in late 2013, the car still displayed just 28,800 original miles. All interior cosmetics and engine-bay equipment were deemed to be original to the car, with Black Horse noting that “the matching-numbers engine continued to develop proper compression, and the transaxle shifted smoothly.” Overall, the Daytona was judged to be “very well taken care of” and in “great condition.” In March 2014 the Daytona was acquired by its current custodian.
This stupendous example of Leonardo Fioravanti’s shark-nosed berlinetta has earned premiere accolades for authenticity and beauty, and it remains highly original, just as Luigi Chinetti delivered it in 1973. Chassis number 15569 is accompanied by its original factory manuals and tools, as well as period documentation from Chinetti Motors. It offers a rare opportunity to acquire a near-time-capsule 365 GTB/4 that has been sympathetically preserved, modestly driven, and well maintained its entire life. Other than having been repainted in its original shade of Rosso Ferrari, chassis number 15569 remains largely original.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo19.