Revolutionary Ferrari NART Daytona offered to ‘Rolling Sculpture’ – Inaugural auction by Keno Brothers Fine Automobile Auctions


Just as some of the greatest masterpieces of art were produced in Italy, as well as some of the most magnificent automobiles. An Italian brand, Ferrari is synonymous with beauty, style and speed, and recognized around the world for its uncompromising heritage of winning on the racetrack. Embodying the vision of the Keno brothers to offer important automobiles with a unique provenance, a singular and legendary Ferrari is among the first sales offers to be announced.

“Our goal as a company is to channel the trust, integrity and knowledge that we have built throughout our lifetimes into every aspect of this new auction house,” said Leslie Keno, co-CEO and founder of Keno Brothers. “Our inaugural sale will offer a unique selection of 45 of the most coveted vehicles from around the world. Whether it’s a race car – specially designed to go extremely fast or a touring car, designed with curves. whimsical and sultry lines, each offering has a distinct story to tell. “

The 24 Hours of Le Mans 1971 NART 365 GTB / 4 Daytona VIN 12467
When unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in 1968, the remarkable Ferrari 365 GTB / 4 was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. However, until June 1971, the beautiful Berlinetta had not yet proven itself as the dominant competitive machine it would become. A prototype racing version was built and quickly crashed at the 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans, and only a mid-field finish arrived much later in 1971. Nonetheless, the patriarch of the North American racing team Luigi Chinetti Sr., the man who gave Ferrari its first victory at Le Mans in 1949, driving 23 of the 24 hours himself, believed in the promise of what would be called the “Daytona”.

As a result, Daytona 12467 was modified from a standard road car for the NART and competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1971. This era is still considered the golden age of road racing, due to the colossal battle between Ferrari and Porsche, and their impressive 5-liter sports car world championship machines. Right out of the box, in the most grueling race in the world, “12467” finished an astonishing fifth overall, behind only the much larger and more powerful WSC machines. He arrived eight laps ahead of the GT cars he would be ranked against in the future. By the end of this summer, with the required 500 road cars completed for homologation, the first of three lots (ultimately totaling 15) of official Ferrari factory-prepared Daytona Competiziones was at the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans. the race saw a Daytona flank take from fifth to ninth overall, once again behind WSC machines alone, and swept the GT class podium. The Ferrari 365 GTB / 4 Daytona represents the last front-engine road racing car built under the watchful eye of Enzo Ferrari. History suggests that there is no doubt that Enzo himself took note of the extraordinary performance of this particular car, and therefore “12467” holds a special place in the incomparable legacy of Ferrari racing. In 1972, “12467” will be classified among the 5 first places of the category 2.5 liters and more at the 6 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and 6 Hours of Watkins Valley. It is eligible, with its thunderous V12 soundtrack, for historic races across the world. The estimate of the pre-sale auction for the car is $ 4,900,000.00 – $ 5,900,000.00.

“The NART Daytona is an example of our vision to carefully organize and celebrate, where possible, automobiles with unique origins or notable achievements in history,” said Co-CEO and Founder, Leigh Keno. “We strive to offer outstanding cars which have contributed to the fine automotive tradition for auction. It is important to note that each lot will be carefully examined and researched by the best specialists of the respective brands and will be elegantly presented and accompanied by videos in order to may their unique attributes be fully appreciated by our customers and the general public. ”

The Keno Brothers method: a passion for provenance, an appreciation for clarity
Widely known for their ratings on the Emmy-nominated PBS TV show Antiques roadshow, the Keno Brothers apply the same advanced valuation techniques, the same cutting-edge scientific technology, and the same “new eyes” approach to how cars are valued and portrayed.

Unique to Keno Brothers Fine Automobile Auctions is brand new proprietary software, developed by the COO and Founder, Bradley Farrell, which presents a wealth of meaningful data in an elegant format with a focus on clarity and simplicity. The provenance and quality of a given automobile, while easy to understand, is creatively designed to stimulate, resulting in an educational and entertaining assessment process for potential customers.

“Whether a potential buyer plans to acquire an exceptional work of art or automobile, a clear and complete vision of its market value, its current condition and its historical context is our primary objective,” commented Leigh Keno. Leslie added, “A lot of the technologies we have used in the fine art and furniture world will help us distinguish these elements in automobiles and our approach will ensure a museum-like execution. We apply the same criteria and principles to cars as we do. use to assess works of art: quality, rarity, condition and provenance. “

Keno Brothers Fine Automobile Auctions is proud to announce that they have enlisted Simon Hope as the new auctioneer of the event. Over her 35 year career including as the owner of her own auction house, Hope has proven her ability to provide complex information in a stimulating way and will bring an extra touch and educational resource to this auction. and those to come.

Keno Brothers Fine Automobile Auctions will announce more offers in the days leading up to the Rolling sculpture Auction event. Visit for more information or to discuss consignment of your beautiful automobile.


World famous for discovering and selling many masterpieces in the fields of art, antiques and vintage cars, Founders and Co-CEOs Leigh Keno and Leslie Keno were introduced to the world of vintage cars from birth through their avid car collector father. Over the years, Leslie and Leigh have actively collected, judged, auctioned and raced vintage and historic automobiles. At the same time, they have gained an international reputation for their in-depth knowledge of historic cars, their keen sense of the essentials and their passion for preservation. This knowledge base made them two of the best Competition judges in United States. Both judge at many renowned events, including The Amelia Island contest and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

They are internationally recognized experts in the field of antiques and collectibles. In addition to volunteering as reviewers on Emmy-nominated PBS Antiques roadshow, they are also familiar with: MSN Collect this! with the Keno brothers; The PBS Series FIND!; FOX Buried treasure and the History channel The White House: behind closed doors with the First Lady Laura Bush. In 2005, Leigh and Leslie Keno were awarded the National Medal for the Humanities by the President of United States for their efforts in educating Americans about material culture and the importance of preservation.

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