JUL 11th 2014

Spotted: Ferrari Daytona load‑lugger?

Take a look at this incredible Ferrari 365 GTB4 ‘Shooting Brake’ we’ve found at a Kensington classic car dealer.

You expect some rare and wonderful machinery when perusing a high-end classic car dealer’s inventory, and at Hexagon Classics we found some fine Aston Martins, Porsches, and a particularly alluring Dino 246GT, but the sight of the Daytona ‘Shooting Brake’ rather took us by surprise.

The story goes that the car was the 805th Daytona built, and was ordered by a gentleman call Bob Gittleman who wanted ‘something a bit different’. Luckily for him, the man he bought the car from was the fabled Luigi Chinetti, who claims that the car was entirely his own design. As an importer of Panther cars into the States at the time, Chinetti was familiar with the quality of Panther’s work and commissioned them to build the car in the UK. Panther carried out not only the aluminium metalwork, but also a full interior conversion. The result was the unique shooting brake you see here. Apparently only the windscreen, A-pillars, and doors survived from the original car.

Once completed, the car was delivered to Mr Gittleman who enjoyed it for several years before parting with it. It then passed through a number of hands Stateside before finding its way to France, and not too long after that it appeared on the Cartier Style et Luxe lawn at the 2001 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Hexagon acquired it last year and restored it completely, incredibly employing the very same craftsman who worked on the car at Panther in period. To this day it supposedly shows only 4000 miles.

Replacing the rear-section glass probably wouldn’t be much fun, but we rather like it.

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