The Bitch is Back (on the auction block).
Ferrari has made some of the most imminently collectible classics ever to grace the road or track. But to legions of Tifosi, few can hold a candle (in the wind or otherwise) to the 365 GTB/4 – commonly (if unofficially) known as the Daytona. This one, however, is more special than most.
Not only is it one of only 158 right-hand-drive examples to have been delivered to the UK, it also has considerable provenance in that it was owned by none other than the inimitable Sir Elton John. And if you place the right bid, it could be yours next.
A noted collector of exotic cars, Sir Elton bought this Daytona from Maranello Concessionaires, one of the world's most respected Ferrari dealers, in 1973, fresh from the success of his award-winning album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" – the same LP that included such chart-topping hits as "Bennie and the Jets," "Candle in the Wind," "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," and of course the title track. The album would go on to sell over 30 million copies, but John didn't wait for all the royalties to come in before splurging on one of the finest road-going GT cars ever made.
The Rocket Man himself kept the car for a couple of years before selling it to another collector, who kept it in immaculate condition for 16 years. Silverstone Auctions sold it more recently just a couple of years ago, and now it's handling its sale again on September 21, when it's expected to fetch around £425,000-475,000 (or about $550k).
"We have sold a number of cars that have been owned by Sir Elton John," noted Silverstone's Arwel Richards. "It is believed this Daytona was his first Ferrari, buying it at the age of 26 in 1973 and keeping it until 1975, parked alongside his 1974 Ferrari 365 Berlinetta Boxer."