1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona CoupeSource: RM Auctions
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Posted: 25 Jan 2008
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe
Specifications: 352hp, 4,380 cc double overhead cam V12 engine, six Weber carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5"
By the late 1960s, Lamborghini and others were offering double overhead cam engines with multi-carb setups. Although Ferrari's 275 GTB/4 was more than a match in performance, the public wanted more sophistication. The result was the car many consider Ferrari's street car tour de force.
Making its debut in 1968 at the Paris Auto Salon, the stunning 365 GTB/4 was enthusiastically received by Ferrari fans and the motoring press. It was regarded as a worthy successor to the previous 275 GTB/4, and was quickly nicknamed 'Daytona' in recognition of Ferrari's one-two-three finish at the 24-hour race the previous year.
With the advent of the Daytona, Ferrari entered the world of modern car production. Gone were the days of seat-of-your-pants car making, in which one-off cars were easily designed, built, and freely sold. New emissions and safety regulations would require that cars be thoroughly engineered and tested, and higher volumes of production would be necessary to make such efforts viable.
Pininfarina had penned very attractive lines for the prototype, which gave the new Ferrari aggressive and bold, yet handsome lines. The best part was that it had performance to match. It would eventually come to be regarded as the last of the great front-engined berlinettas.
First production examples reached US shores in 1970, and featured a slightly different nose treatment to their European counterparts. European Daytonas had headlights set back behind a transparent full-width plastic cover, whereas US versions featured retractable headlights under two flush-fitting panels. Other differences included hexagonal-type wheel nuts on the US version, versus three-eared knock-off wheel nuts on European models.
The Daytona was powered by Ferrari's big 4.4-liter V12 engine, with four overhead cams and six 40DCN20 Weber carburetors. Output was a healthy 352hp at 7,500rpm, and with the 318 lb-ft of torque required to propel the big 3,600 pound two-seat berlinetta from 0 to 60 runs in just 5.9 seconds, the quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds and an impressive top speed of 174mph, the Daytona became the world's fastest production automobile at its introduction. Its top speed was 3mph faster than the Miura's, and it out-accelerated its mid-engined competitor by half a second in 400 meters.
The Daytona was a mighty automobile that handled as well as it went, thanks to 7.5" wide 15" wheels, 215/70 Michelin tires, and Ferrari's four-wheel independent suspension with coil springs and tube shocks, which had proven itself in nearly a decade of successful Ferrari sports racing cars and the 50-50 weight distribution which Ferrari engineered into the package.
The 365 GTB/4 was neither intended nor designed for competition, but like all Ferraris it had the basic attributes: powerful and reliable engine, competent chassis with predictable handling, and refined aerodynamics. It also had a cadre of experienced distributors like Luigi Chinetti, Col. Ronnie Hoare and Jacques Swaters, who knew they sold more cars if the cars they sold won races.
The Daytona's speed commended it to the great endurance races like Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring, where its power and aerodynamics suited the races' long straights. Chinetti was the first to test the Daytona's competition potential, entering an early production car at Le Mans in 1969, then a Daytona at Daytona and Sebring in 1970. Ferrari eventually succumbed to the pressure from its distributors and created three series of competition Daytonas, only 15 of which were to be built.
Constructed at the Ferrari Customer Assistance Center in Modena rather than the competition department in Maranello, the Competition Daytonas proved not only to be eminently successful, but also remarkably long-lived, remaining competitive in GT competition for almost a decade.
And yet, with power brakes, air conditioning, and leather interior, the street version of the Daytona was regarded as a high speed "gentleman's express." One of the last hand-built Ferraris, the Daytona is also one of the most iconic of all time.
The Ferrari Daytona was produced until 1975, making it one of the longest lasting and most successful of Ferrari's models, a fitting testimony to a glorious two-seater.
Despite its gorgeous, landmark Pininfarina design, the Daytona proved to be the last of the front-engine, two-seater Ferrari V12s until about a quarter of a century later when the company revived this classic layout with the introduction of the 550 Maranello.
The Ferrari Daytona 365 GTB/4 presented here, was delivered by the factory in the rich wine color of Rosso Bordeaux with a tan interior and remains in excellent, highly original condition, having never required complete restoration. The dash "mouse fur" shows virtually no signs of wear, and like the rest of the interior is 100% original. A Ferrari certificate of authenticity comes with the car. The air conditioning, clock, heater and electric windows all work, as a car with less than 11,000 miles on the odometer should. The Daytona rides on its original Borrani wire wheels, and comes with its original tool roll, jack, Ferrari parts book and Ferrari owner's manual.
Mechanical components are once again, as you would expect from a highly original low mileage Ferrari. The gearbox shifts precisely and is without fault, as is the V12, which runs both smooth and powerful. The engine bay is as it left the factory, with the air emissions system intact and hoses and clamps unchanged.
This Daytona is an extremely low mileage, very well preserved, highly original example of one of Ferrari's best. If it ends up being stowed away in a private collection or campaigned on a 1000-mile rally, either way, it will most certainly provide the successful bidder with great pride in ownership.
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From WikipediaSee also Ferrari 365 for the 365 California, GT 2+2, GTC and GTS The Ferrari 365 GTB/4, better known by the unofficial name Ferrari Daytona, is a Gran Turismo automobile produced from 1968 to 1973. It was first introduced to the public at the Paris Auto Salon in 1968 and replaced the 275 GTB/4. The Daytona was replaced by the mid-engined 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer in 1973.
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