One of the Last 365 GTB/4 Berlinettas Built
·Original US-Specification Car with Factory Air-Conditioning
·Beautifully Presented 13,000-Mile Example
·Copperstate 1000 and Texas Hill Country Rally Veteran
·Two-Time FCA Platinum Award Winner
·Offered with Borrani Wire Wheels, Books and Tools
·Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini
- 4,390 CC DOHC V-12 Engine Six Weber 40 DCN 20 Carburetors
·352 BHP at 7,500 RPM
·5-Speed Manual Transaxle with Limited Slip Differential
·4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
·4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Wishbones and Coil-Over Shock Absorbers
This car was completed by Ferrari in November 1973, this late-production 365 GTB/4 Daytona was originally finished in Nocciola over an interior upholstered in red leather. Destined for American shores, 16965 left the factory as a US specification example complete with a left-hand-drive configuration, smog equipment and a Borletti air-conditioning system.
Delivered new to Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, the Daytona was sold to its first owner, Sheldon Brooks, in the early months of 1974. Evidently, Mr. Brooks did not even register the new Ferrari and instead chose to keep it in storage at his residence in Bel Air, California. In November 1975 and March 1978, Mr. Brooks advertised his Daytona for sale in the Los Angeles Times, describing the Ferrari as an essentially brand-new example.
By April 1985, the Daytona had been sold to Walt McCune of Modena Imports in West Hollywood. Amazingly, after 13 years, the Ferrari remained incredibly original and had covered a mere 2,600 miles from new.
Thanks to its unique appearance and time- warp condition, the Daytona captured the attention of noted Ferrari connoisseur Brandon Wang and joined his exceptional private collection. After two years with the wonderfully preserved Daytona, Mr. Wang traded the car as part of a package to acquire his first California Spider.
In the mid-1990s, Symbolic Motor Car Company purchased the unrestored Daytona and refinished the Pininfarina-designed bodywork in its current Fly Yellow livery.
After some time, Herb Chambers, an East Coast collector with a passion for high-performance sports cars, added the Ferrari to his impressive stable. During his ownership, 16965 was reupholstered in beautiful dark-blue Connolly leather and kept alongside several excellent low-mileage Daytona’s.
When the consignor acquired the Daytona in 2004, the 30-year-old supercar had still covered only 5,200 miles from new. Unlike previous owners, the current caretaker has used the Ferrari on the open road as originally intended. In recent years, the Daytona participated in prestigious driving events including the Copperstate 1000 and the Texas Hill Country Rally, and today it displays just over 13,000 original miles.
The consignor reports that the Daytona’s mechanical components are original and have been regularly maintained, including a full service in November 2011. Of most importance, this Ferrari is said to have the unmistakable feel one would expect of a well-cared-for, low- mileage example.
In addition to its splendid dynamic qualities, this striking Fly Yellow Daytona has earned several impressive honors on the show field. Between 2008 and 2009, the beautifully presented Ferrari earned Platinum Awards at Arizona FCA Concours as well as Outstanding Classic 12-Cylinder and People’s Choice Awards at Concorso Arizona. As evidenced by these recent accomplishments, this Ferrari should continue to reward its fortunate new owner well, behind the wheel and on the concours lawn.
Accompanied by a correct tool kit, jack and leather pouch (complete with the original manuals and warranty card), this Daytona retains all its essential and valuable accessories. Beyond these important items, the sale of this car also includes custom-made Keith Collins floor mats and a fitted car cover.
In addition, reports produced by Ferrari Market Letter and noted Ferrari historian Marcel Massini document the history of 16965 and confirm its wonderful pedigree.
Considering its outstanding provenance, spectacular appearance, low mileage and desirable specification, one would be hard pressed to dispute the impressive credentials of this 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta. For the collector in search of a superb 12-cylinder Ferrari, we encourage close inspection and consideration of this magnificent specimen.