London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
7 June 2004
1973 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 DAYTONA
Registration No. PLL 10L
Chassis No. 16605
Engine No. 16605
Red with tan leather interior with black inserts
Engine: V-12, four-cam, 4,390cc, 352bhp at 7,500rpm; Gearbox: five speed manual; Suspension: all independent with double wishbones and coil springs; Brakes: four wheel disc. Right hand drive.
To replace the long-running 250 GT series of cars, in 1964 Enzo Ferrari introduced his latest Berlinetta coupe, the 275 GTB as a direct replacement for the 250 GT Lusso. The V12 engine now had a displacement of 3,285cc and all round independent suspension was used for the first time on a touring Ferrari, with a new five-speed transaxle gearbox which provided better weight distribution. By 1966 the first touring Ferrari to be powered by a four overhead camshaft engine was introduced, the 275 GTB/4, the engine being derived from the 275 and 330 P2 prototypes of the 1965 racing season. Even as this engine was being conceived Ferrari was thinking ahead - his plans were to build an even larger four-cam engine encased in a more purposeful Berlinetta coupe body. The prototype first appeared in 1967 and the new 365 GTB/4 was launched at the 1968 Paris Salon. The car was an immediate success, and the press adopted the nickname 'Daytona' for this new Ferrari in honour of the marque's outright victory in the American 24-Hour race.
Pininfarina had created a classical design which continued the traditional lines of the previous Berlinettas but was more aggressive and functional. The two-door, two-seater interior with its full set of instruments had a large glass area and a roof line that harmoniously joined the rear wings and tail. To offset this elegant Berlinetta shape new five-spoke alloy wheels were fitted which were inherited from the Formula 1 race cars, although Borrani wire-spoke wheels were available as an option. The Daytona was the most 'macho' of all Ferraris, the last of the great front-engined Berlinettas which became an instant collector's classic even before production ceased.
Just 158 right hand drive Daytonas were officially imported into the United Kingdom and this must rank as one of the best extant. Displaying just 40,002 miles on the odometer this lovely, original car has obviously been graced with caring owners throughout its cherished life. The panel fit is very good indeed and the body, which appears to have been repainted to a high standard at some point, is only slightly marred by a couple of isolated chips. Correct Michelin XWX tyres adorn the distinctive five spoke alloys to finish the stunning visual effect. The interior has a tremendously warming aura, the tan leather seats are supple albeit used, the steering wheel is slightly worn and the dashboard top may be faded, but it just feels right. For collectors who can appreciate a benefit with age this car is ideal, where points on the concours field could be lost - they are earned in realism.
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