An automobile that needs no explanation

1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

Every so often, a car comes along that is transcendent. The Jaguar E-Type. The Porsche 911. The Lamborghini Miura. And, yes, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona. This Pininfarina designed exotic looks even more beautiful today than it did in 1973, set apart from the overly wrought designs of the present and rising above the morass of cars that will never stand the test of time. This particular 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, Chassis #16531 is certainly historied. One of only 158 right-hand drive versions, it was once owned by Prince Charles. Its more modern claim-to-fame was a cameo role on the BBC’s much loved Top Gear TV show, competing against a speedboat in St. Tropez. Well, lucky for you bluebloods and lottery winners, it’s going up for auction at Brooklands this May. In pristine metallic blue on tan leather with the original Borrani wire wheels, it should fetch a handsome price and will probably make you look far more handsome than you actually are, as you hold on to what’s left of your hair when you blast down the freeway without a care in the world.