SOLD | 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona'
The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’:
The Ferrari ‘Daytona’, officially designated the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 was the replacement for the 275 GTB/4 model, and as with many Ferrari models of the period, made its debut at the Paris Salon in 1968. It quickly became known as the ‘Daytona’, a name given by the media in recognition of the Ferrari 1-2-3 victory in the 1967 Daytona 24-Hours.
The evolution of the 275 GTB4 was a milestone in the history of extreme high-performance front-engined sports cars. Sleek and modern Pininfarina lines were matched by a development of the 4.4-litre V12 engine fed by six Weber twin-choke 40 mm carburettors, and the excellent weight distribution provided by the rear gearbox transaxle produced a car of rare balance which guaranteed a unique driving experience.
Additional to the road cars, Ferrari built three series of five client competition examples, built at the factory’s “Assistenza Clienti” department in Modena. Each of the three-series featured slightly different modification to the others, wider arches, aluminium bonnet and boot lids etc. These competition examples proved to be hugely successful in the GT category, not only due to their power, but also reliability in endurance events. At the 1972 Le Mans 24-Hour race, these cars filled the top five positions in their class, repeating the class wins there in 1973 and 1974! The car was so successful that even in 1979, six years after production ceased, a 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione finished second overall in the Daytona 24-Hours!
They Ferrari 365 GTB/4 we are offering here, chassis 17025, was assembled and sold new to its current owner in Italy. In October 1987, this Daytona attended the 3rd Raduno Internazionale Ferrari Citta di Milano, then in 1992 attended the Kitzbuheler Alpen Rallye and more recently in 2000 participated in the London-Lisboa Classic Rally. During its time in Italy, the owner registered this car in a friend’s name, before registering it in his own name in Switzerland in 2016. The car has been meticulously maintained by two dedicated mechanics who solely look after this collection, which also included an Alfa Romeo Giulia Tuolare Zagato, Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Group IV Conversion and a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster.
To obtain one of Ferrari’s most iconic and successful models is always special, however, to find a single owner example preserved in such excellent condition, still retaining its original engine, transaxle, tool kit, jack and manual, makes this car an unmissable opportunity.