On May 18, a 1973 Ferrari Daytona that was used at some point by Prince Charles will go on sale at Historics' event at Brooklands in Surrey. This vehicle is one of only 158 right-hand-drive 365 GTB/4’s that took on the Daytona name after Ferrari’s 1-2-3 success in the 1967 Daytona 24-Hour race. In 1973, the Pininfarina designed Gran Turismo was ordered new by Maranello Concessionaires Ltd. as a UK demonstrator model.
Soon after this GT arrived from Italy however, it was loaned to Prince Charles for one week. Later that year, it was later sold for £9,250. In the late 1980s, John Coombs (the proud owner of 1960s and 1970s racing Jaguars and Ferraris) bought the Daytona, which during that period was the fastest production road car.
In 1988, the car was purchased by Modena Engineering Ltd. But before it came to the current vendor, the car was owned by Max Mosely (the former president of the FIA or the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) until 2005. This Daytona is the last of Ferrari’s front-engined GT’s.
BBC TV’s Top Gear program in November 2008 showed the car racing from Portofino to Saint-Tropez. During episode five of the motoring entertainment show, James May in an XSR 48 powerboat drove past Richard Hammond in the Daytona.
At this event, Hammond was quoted to have described the Daytona as “the absolute essence of pure European supercar.” If you needed any more proof of how the quality of this Ferrari Daytona has lasted, the car (which had covered 26,281 miles) was tested on a dynamometer before being seen on Top Gear, in August 2008. It had an output of 352 bhp – the same value that the brand claimed when it was launched.