Ever wanted to own a vintage race-ready Ferrari? This could be just the ticket.
There are plenty of unusual Ferraris looking for new owners right now. Among the rare exotics recently spotted for sale include one of only six Sergios ever made, and a one-off Enzo finished in a unique Blu Tour De France livery. If, however, you're looking for a vintage race-ready Ferrari to tame on a track, this rare 1971 Ferrari 365 Competizione Daytona could be just the ticket. Originally, Ferrari only built 15 aluminum-bodied Competizione Daytona coupes in three series of five cars in 1969.
Its limited availability prompted privateers to produce 11 race-ready Daytonas, one of which is heading to auction this month. The example listed for sale has an interesting history and plenty of racing pedigree. It was first acquired by famous French Ferrari importer Charles Pozzi S.A., who converted the Daytona to Competizione specifications through his racing department. The car debuted in the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it claimed a respectable fifth place in the GT class and finished eighth overall. The comprehensive conversion process started with fitting 9-inch front and 11-inch rear wheels, racing tires and full fender flares.
Other modifications include a reworked body with lower front dive planes, rear brake scoops, fender-mounted air splitters, and a competition fuel filler mounted to the C-pillar. To complete the conversion, the Daytona's 4.4-liter engine was rebuilt with high-compression pistons, race-spec cams and modified carburetors. Ferrari expert Michael Sheehan later purchased the car in 2007 and commissioned a cosmetic restoration to bring it back to its original Competizione specification. The engine received a refresh at a cost of $54,000 which improved the performance and durability thanks to lightweight pistons, racing-grade connecting rods and a free-flowing side exhaust.
New suspension and larger brakes were also fitted so that the Daytona Competizione could handle the extra grunt generated by the reworked V12. When hooked up to a dyno, it generated 455 hp at 7,400 rpm and 354 lb-ft at 6,200 rpm. Mecum Auctions will be selling the race-ready Ferrari 365 Competizione Daytona at the Monterey event next week where it's expected to fetch between $1,250,000 and $1,650,000. It's eligible to participate in several vintage racing events, including the Monterey Historic Reunion, the Daytona 24 Hour Classic and the Classic 12 Hours of Sebring.