Back in 1968, Ferrari unveiled the Daytona sports car, a model that stayed under production until 1973. During this period, Ferrari only produced 158 right-hand-drive units, but one of them was very special. It was loaned to Prince Charles for one week in 1973. It was then sold in July that same year for the sum of £9,250, or $13,172 at the current rates.
The Ferrari then moved from its princely duties over to the big screen in a film by Top Gear. In this movie, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 was driven by Richard Hammond and was put up against a £1.25m (about $1.7 million at the current rates) power boat driven by James May during a trip from Portofino to Saint-Tropez. This very same Ferrari will now be put up for auction on May 18th in the Historics auction at Brooklands. Of course, anyone looking for a price tag similar to the one paid in 1973 will be sadly mistaken.
The 356 GTB/4 is powered by a 4.4 liter V12 producing 352bhp at 7500rpm. During the 356’s production time, the Daytona was the world’s fastest production car with a top speed of 175mph and 0-60mph time of 5.3 seconds.
Watch TopGear’s test drive after the jump.