|Cars - Ferrari|
|Odometer reading||3,500 km|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 18th May 2011 Car - 18/05/2011 / 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona / Lot 243
One of the most talked about releases of the 1968 Paris Motorshow was Ferrari's brand new berlinetta. It was expected to be called Daytona to celebrate Ferrari's 1-2-3 finish in the 1967 Daytona 24 Hours race. At the launch however the press was proven wrong as it was just dubbed 365 GTB/4 but the name stuck and until this day it is still referred to as the 'Daytona'. Ironically it was intended to be called Daytona but when the name leaked out prematurely Ferrari reverted back to using the traditional system. Competition was stronger than ever from Lamborghini, DeTomaso and Bizzarini. Both the Miura and the Pantera were mid-engined, but, even though the race department had built mid engined sports cars for more than half a decade, Ferrari stuck to the front-engine/rear wheel drive layout they were so familiar with. The engine was based on the 330 unit and featured double overhead camshafts first seen on a production Ferrari only two years earlier. The oval tube ladder type frame was as traditional as the engine layout. It was the Pininfarina design that made the 'Daytona' stand out. Especially the front was a rough departure from the more rounded looking GTs that had rolled from the Maranello production line in the previous 10 years. The first models featured a full width perspex strip at the front that housed two double headlight unit on each side. These covered headlights were not approved of by the US Department of Transportation however so something new had to be designed for US customers. The re-designed retracting headlights by Pininfarina then became the norm on all production 'Daytonas' from 1971. Presented here is one of the early 'Plexiglass' models, rarer and arguably more desirable as a result. Rolling out of the factory gates in 1970, it ranked as number 181 in the assembly sequence with Scaglietti body number 184. It was first delivered to official Swiss Ferrari importer SAVAF (Société Anonyme pour la Vente des Automobiles Ferrari) in Geneva, Switzerland destined for a Mr. Schnyder. Originally, the exterior colour was Verde Medio 106-G-29 (medium Green) although it now sports a very brooding Nero colour scheme. The full leather interior is still Nero VM 8500 accented with red Ferrari stripes. Latterly restored in 1990, this fine example is described as in excellent condition throughout, showing light patina but all the better for it. More recently the car has been enjoyed by its UK based owner in Europe on tours and light rallies where it has performed perfectly. The underside of the car is in superb condition and is mechanically sound. Recently the subject of a full service, the engine and gearbox are the original units and in fine fettle. The bodywork is described by the vendor as solid and corrosion free reflecting, as it does, the underside of the car. The paint and interior have been renewed in recent years but the condition is excellent and it is begging to be driven. Fully UK registered and with a comprehensive history file and owners wallets, 13343 is one of the best looking Daytona's available today.