N.A.R.T. Daytona returns to Le Mans, but this time for auction

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1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona in its North American Racing Team colors | Artcurial Motorcars photo by Loic Kernen

In 1971, Luigi “Coco” Chinetti (Junior) and Bob Grossman drove Luigi Chinetti’s N.A.R.T. Group 4 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona to a fifth-place overall finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. This July, the car returns to la Sarthe for Artcurial Motorcars biennial auction at the Le Mans Classic.

The car, chassis 12467, was one of only 15 competition models produced and one of three development prototypes with special modifications to allow its homologation for racing. The car, which in addition to finishing fifth overall at Le Mans won the Index of Thermal Efficiency award, continued in racing through the 1973 season, competing at such venues as Sebring, Daytona, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.

Ferrari in competition at Le Mans | The Cahier Archive courtesy Artcurial Motorcars

The car has had at least a dozen owners — all in the U.S. It was offered for sale at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction in 2014 and at the Keno Brothers’ Rolling Sculpture auction in New York City in 2015, but bidding did not reach the consignor’s reserve price.

Artcurial expects the car to sell for $8 million to $9.3 million at the auction, a two-pronged event featuring racing, flying and yachting vessels at a morning sale and collector motor cars in the afternoon.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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