Less than two weeks ahead of RM Sotheby’s one-of-a-kind Online Only: SHIFT/MONTEREY auction, set to open for bidding on 10 August with lots closing in a staggered format on 14–15 August, the company has release a new film on the recently announced 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Independent Competizione. In the film, RM Sotheby’s Car Specialist Michael Squire explores the history and significance of the rare and brutally fast Daytona before taking the car for a hot lap around a track.
Ferrari’s Daytona Competizione model began its competition career in 1969 and ran through 1981, successfully obtaining three Le Mans class wins, a Tour de France overall win and two overall podium finishes, as well as three class wins, at 24 Hours of Daytona.
Ferrari built a total of 15 factory competition Daytonas over three years with an additional ten examples prepared by racing privateers, including the 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Independent Competizione, chassis no. 14065, offered in the RM Sotheby’s SHIFT/MONTEREY Online Only auction.
Prepared by race car engineering firm Holman-Moody, 14065 was entered in the 1972 12 Hours of Sebring by American racer and enthusiast, Kirk F. White and driven by noted race car drivers David Hobbs and Skip Scott. Ahead of the race, Holman-Moody fitted the car with a host of upgrades, including a 450-bhp engine from Traco—making 14065 one of just six Daytonas, and the only privateer car, to be equipped with this engine.
Notably, 14065 was also equipped with Ford GT40 Mk IV brakes by Holman-Moody. Unfortunately, sheered driveshaft bolts caused the engine to fail on the 53rd lap of the Sebring race, despite 14065 leading the GT race by a comfortable margin and proving to be the fastest Daytona on the track.
Following its time on the racetrack, the Daytona passed through a handful of highly significant collections over the last four decades. It comes to the Online Only: SHIFT/MONTEREY auction accompanied by the Ferrari Classiche Certification White Book and the original, restored engine block used by 14065 in the race at Sebring— the same block used by the Cannonball-winning street Daytona, chassis no. 14271, to complete the 1972 cross-country run.
Having been meticulously maintained and cared for throughout its life, the Daytona is ready and race-prepared for modern competition.