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Unknown Daytona at Ferrari/RM Sotheby’s Auction

On September 9, at the Ferrari – Leggenda e Passione in Maranello, RM will auction the 365 GTB/4 Daytona chassis no. 12653, which other than chassis number 12547 (which was commissioned by Luigi Chinetti to run the 24 Hours of Le Mans), was the only standard-specification Daytona that was clothed in alloy coachwork. Completed in June 1969, this Daytona was equipped with desirable Plexiglas headlamps and power windows, in addition to its tailor-made aluminum coachwork, and finished in Rosso Chiaro over a Nero leather interior.

In September, the car was sold by Bologna dealer Motor S.p.A. to Luciano Conti, the founder and publisher of Autosprint magazine. Mr. Conti’s company sold the Ferrari in September 1970 to Guido Maran of Verona, who in turn re-sold the car a month later to Carlo Ferruzzi of Ravenna. In July 1971, the Daytona went to Japan and had a succession of Japanese owners until finally acquired by Makoto Takai, who hid the car away for nearly 40 years. It was fabled and known by very few collectors to exist, but many true Ferraristi were unaware that such a special and important car existed, period. Several tried for years to purchase the car, but to no avail. It is offered here for the first time in decades, ready and waiting for a new owner. Currently in a barn-find state of condition, the Ferrari has clearly been in storage for several years, and in June 2017, it underwent a thorough evaluation by marque expert Marcel Massini. He confirmed the presence of the matching-numbers engine and transaxle, per stampings that correspond to factory build records. While the various Japanese owners conducted several minor cosmetic modifications, 12653 remains remarkably authentic in many other ways. The interior in particular displays impressive originality, with good condition confirmed in the door panels, sun visors, interior rear-view mirror, seats, carpeting, gearshift knob and the headliner. Mr. Massini also noted that the aluminum panels he examined were stamped with proper matching Scaglietti body numbers and that the original spare wheel appeared to have never been used. When asked about the car, Massini commented, “What a super scarce Daytona barn find, the only remaining aluminum-bodied production GTB/4, sold new to Luciano Conti, a close friend of Commendatore Enzo Ferrari.”

Currently displaying 36,390 kilometres, which are believed to represent actual use, this rare 365 GTB/4 is an ideal acquisition for the consummate Ferrari enthusiast searching for absolutely the most unique example of any given model. It may be presented at preservation class venues or, for the collector prepared to underwrite a full restoration, chassis number 12653 offers an unprecedented opportunity to refurbish the only street-specified alloy Daytona.

Photo Credit: ©2017 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.

For more information, please visit RM Sotheby’s at

Please note that there is no general admission to the auction or the preview; attendees must be registered bidders.

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