Elton John's vintage Ferrari Daytona for sale at Silverstone
A vintage Ferrari owned by Elton John is amongst the star lots of Silverstone Auctions' upcoming Classic Sale.
The 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona is one of only 158 genuine right-hand drive examples ever produced, and is expected to sell for £525,000 - £575,000 ($675,000 - $740,000).
Sir Elton acquired the car in 1973, following the success of his seventh studio album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, which topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Throughout the 1970s and 80s John assembled an impressive collection of classic cars, which included Aston Martins, Bentleys, Ferraris, Rolls-Royces and Jaguars.
However, he sold cars as often as he bought them, and the Ferrari Daytona remained part of the collection for just two years.
The car has since passed through the hands of several dedicated enthusiasts, all members of the Ferrari Owners' Club, and it remains in superb condition
It retains its original Rosso Chiaro paintwork and black leather interior, comes with 81,675 miles on the clock, and packs a V12 engine with 352bhp, giving it a top speed of 175mph.
"What a car! We’re delighted to be offering this very special Ferrari Daytona with pure rock and roll history in our Silverstone Classic Sale,” said Will Smith, classics car specialist at Silverstone Auctions.
"The Daytona was billed as the fastest road car in the world in its day, faster than the Lamborghini Miura released two years earlier!
"The car presents in exceptional condition having been very well maintained by its previous owners, including Sir Elton John, adding extra appeal and distinction to this rare and collectible classic car."
The Daytona is just one of several 'prancing horses' heading for the block at Silverstone.
Further Ferrari highlights will include a 2006 Ferrari F430 F1 with just 558 miles from new; a 2008 Ferrari 430 Scuderia; a 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS; and a 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello.
The Silverstone Classic Sale takes place at the world-famous Silverstone racing circuit on July 29 – 30.
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