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Ferrari 365 GTB/4 For Sale. Driven by a Prince & a Hamster

Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0700

The Ferrari 365 GTB/4

We have to confess that the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 – aka the Ferrari Daytona – is one of our favourite Ferraris.

The Ferrari Daytona marked the start of the modern age of Ferrari for us; the end of the bulbous cars that went before and ended with the glorious 250 GTO, the Daytona was sleek and modern and as sexy as hell.

Even those who don’t know one Ferrari from another would probably know the Daytona from its starring role in many a film – A Star is Born, The Long Goodbye, Gone in 60 Seconds and many more – or from the Miami Vice TV series (although that was a replica).

More recently Top Gear fans will have seen the Hamster drive this very same Ferrari Daytona in a race from Portofino to Saint Tropez against May in the XSR 48 powerboat. A Top Gear episode that made us fall in love with the Daytona – and the French/Italian Riviera - all over again.

What we didn’t know until this week when Historics sent us details of this particular Ferrari 365 GTB/4 was that it was first driven  by Prince Charles when it arrived in the UK (but owned by Maranello Concessionaires – a ‘Royal Freebie’). Yes, he of the Aston Martin stable who we thought only ever drove traditional British Marques (although he happily ‘leases’ Audis).

Which is an interesting little fact, as is the fact that just 158 RHD Daytonas were made and that this car was sold by Maranello Concessionaires for just £9,250 after Prince Charles had finished playing. Expect to pay a bit more when it comes up for sale at the Historics auction on May 18th, at Brooklands.

Think circa £200k.

By Cars UK