• Ferrari 365 GTB/4 driven by Prince Charles on auction

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.

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  (806) posted on 04.19.2011

I find the styling looks like the Mustang Cobra Jet! Heck, Imagine how people waste their money for their collection of cars!

  (503) posted on 04.14.2011

Oh for sure it will cost that much and its so envious that James May got a chance to drive this million dollar vintage car!

  (474) posted on 04.14.2011

When i see the engine performance of this car I think my jawed dropped on for that one! It was so amazing, v12 is a modern technology that produces great power plus its fuel efficient. I bet this one will cost in million dollar bucks!

  (472) posted on 04.11.2011

And if this one does become a hit in the auction, expect Ferrari to released the 365 in a special royal edition version. They are usually like that with these cars.

  (442) posted on 04.8.2011

Well, that one is the biggest factor why this car us expected to be a hit in the auction. The restoration team definitely did a great job on this one.

  (412) posted on 04.7.2011

Yeah, agree with you. The engine power is not the impressive. However, I was impressed with the restoration of the car. I bet the maintenance of this car is expensive.

  (313) posted on 04.7.2011

IMO, there’s nothing good about this car expect the fact that its vintage and driven by "His Highness". I bet this car is for collection/display purposes only.

  (692) posted on 04.7.2011

I wonder how much this one would actually fetch in the action. Considering that this is a used one, it might be less than expected, unless of course if they have kept it in a pristine condition.

  (368) posted on 04.7.2011

Face it, Hammond’s going to be the other reason (Prince Charles is the first) why collectors would be going after this car. It isn’t everyday that you get a car driven by the Top Gear boys.

  (579) posted on 04.6.2011

What the hell! I hate Richard Hammond! Imagine, he got this once in a lifetime chance to drive this novelty car!BTW, I do agree that the specs of the car is awesome, for v12 technology that uses 4 liter of fuel..wow! that was so fuel efficient!

  (534) posted on 04.6.2011

Yeah, the more important part of this one is the history attached to it. Come on, how many 365’s do you know that were driven by royalty?

  (612) posted on 04.6.2011

Well, I do expect it to fetch a huge sum in that action. You see, folks would be bidding on this one, not because of the car;s make, but mainly because of the history attached to it.

  (25) posted on 04.5.2011

I doubt how it will be received in the auction, even considering it driven by such iconic figures, it still is an old model without much look compared to classics or contemporaries.

  (25) posted on 04.5.2011

Now that’s what I call a real auction. You can proudly say that this is a car that is driven by none other than His Highness. But other than that even the specs seems interesting.

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