Ferrari has a place in the history of motor racing that few marques can match. Enzo Ferrari never ceased to build competition models, for all types of racing, in order to win. Motor racing fans around the world have been won over by the thousands of victories the marque has to its name. Presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1968, the new 365 GTB/4 Daytona was no different to previous models and would get its own 'Competizione' version.
The first prototype, was sold to Luigi Chinetti at N.A.R.T. to participate in the 1969 Le Mans 24 Hours. Red with a black stripe down the side, this car was damaged in testing and never made it to the start at Le Mans. It did start the 1970 Daytona 24 Hours, but didn't see the checkered flag. A second 365 GTB/4 Group 4 prototype, the car featured here, was acquired directly from the factory by Chinetti in 1971. The Daytona ran like a dream right from the start. Twenty-fifth after 3 hours, fifteenth after 12 hours, by the 19th hour it was running in fifth position. It retained its position to cross the finish line 5th overall.
Artcurial will be offering this Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona 'Competizione' Group 4 at their upcoming Le Mans Classic Sale on the 7th July. Its estimated value is between €6.5m - €7.5m. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos © Loïc Kernen.