Auction Block: 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Independent Competizione

Roughly half-a-century-ago, the Ferrari factory built just 15 Competizione-spec Daytona specimens, two-thirds of which were sold directly to privateers, each of which continued further developing these cutting-edge machines, squeezing more power from its V-12 engine, shaving weight off the car, and seconds off its lap times. Of the 10 upgraded GTB/4 Competizione Daytonas, one stood above the rest as the fastest and most powerful example on earth, and now around 50 years after its competition days, it’s slated to go under the hammer.

The car was developed by Holman-Moody — Ford’s official racing contractor around this time — and as such featured brakes borrowed from the Ford GT 40 MK IV that were chosen to accommodate for the 450hp provided by this specimen’s Traco-tuned V-12 engine. Cloaked in a Marathon Oil Blue livery complete with a bevy of period sponsorship logos, this example wears hand-formed aluminum bodywork made by an Indy Car fabricator in the 1970s, along with a revised interior with race-spec instrumentation, a roll cage, and unapologetically 1970s fuzzy blue fabric race seats. Ferrari Classiche-certified, this 1971 specimen was previously campaigned at the 1972 12-Hours of Sebring and is now scheduled to take its turn crossing the block at RM Sotheby’s upcoming SHIFT Monterey auction.

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