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Ferrari Daytona Plexi RHD

Car Make/Model
Ferrari Daytona Plexi RHD
Mileage
37,000
Year
1969
Summary

A hugely desirable RHD Plexi Daytona Coupe finished in Blue Sera Metallizato over Beige.

Price
699,950
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Specification

The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 (to use its official title) was the immediate descendant for the much revered 275 GTB/4 and was first shown at the Paris motor show, 1968. The Daytona nickname was supposedly invented by Ferrari aficionados and affiliates of the media in acknowledgment of the factory’s unforgettable 1-2-3 triumph in the 1967 Daytona 24 hour edition. Alternatively, the story is that Ferrari had originally planned to employ the Daytona name, but changed their mind when news of the story leaked prior to the model’s reveal.

The Tipo 251 engine was an improvement of the DOHC V12 of the 275 GTB/4, and at 4,390cc was roughly 33% larger in capacity. Six twin-choke Weber carburettors fed fuel to the engine, enabling it to produce 352bhp at 7,500rpm; enough to propel the 1,280kg machine to 60mph in under 5.5 seconds and on to a top speed of around 174mph, with a five-speed transaxle powering the rear wheels.

Manufacture ran from 1968 to 1976, throughout which time a total of 1,406 examples are understood to have been built – 1,269 road-going Coupes and 122 Spiders. Of the total, 158 Coupes and just seven Spiders were produced in right hand drive form. However, early versions of the model featured a full-width Plexiglass cover for the twin headlights, and the car we are offering is one of the 35 (approx.) RHD UK delivered cars.

The car was ordered by the British School of Motoring (BSM) in May 1969 in Blue Sera Metallizato with beige upholstery and had an initial delivery date of November 1969; however, due to the widespread and persistent manufacturing and engineering strikes of that summer, the car actually did not find its way to the BSM until July 1970. It was first registered under a Miss Denise McCann at the Sydney Street address for the BSM.

The car was then bought by Mr John Lloyd of Hyde Park Gate in December 1972. He kept the car until 1974, where upon an Australian called Mr ‘Rusty’ French bought the car, from Maranello in Egham, with approx. 30,000. It departed Felixstowe on a boat called the ‘Snow Flower’ bound for Melbourne on 30th May 1974.

Rusty French is a very well-known collector and racing car driver in Australia. He had the car for 39 years until 2013 and in that period he only put around 5,000 miles on the clock. It was always garaged, kept in dry conditions, never driven in the wet and never suffered any type of accident. As he ran his own race team and had mechanics always at his disposal (he runs and owns a mining company) the car was kept in fantastic running condition.

The car was acquired from Rusty by a well-known London dealer and was shipped from Melbourne, on the E.R Denmark, to Felixstowe on 20th August 2013. Once back on UK soil, for the first time in 39 years, the car was sent to Joe Macari Servicing where extensive mechanical rejuvenation (to the sum of £41,000). The car was also given new carpets and trim (where needed) by Luppi in Italy and Moto Trim, UK – all of the above was undertaken before being publically marketed. The current owner of the car purchased it from them in early 2014.

The car has been awarded Ferrari Classiche Certification and there is also a very interesting and comprehensive history file, containing many invoices and early items of correspondence which make fascinating reading.

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