|Cars - Ferrari|
|Odometer reading||26,284 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 18th May 2011 Car - 18/05/2011 / 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona / Lot 225
Ferrari produced what became the definitive GT of its time. The Ferrari 365 GTB/4, better known by the unofficial name Ferrari Daytona, is a Gran Turismo produced from 1968 to 1973. It was first introduced to the public at the Paris Salon in 1968 and replaced the 275 GTB/4. The unofficial Daytona name is reported to have been applied by the media rather than Ferrari themselves and commemorates Ferrari's 1-2-3 finish in the February 1967 24 Hour Daytona race with the 330P4. Although it was also a Pininfarina design, as with many previous Ferrari road cars (by Leonardo Fioravanti), the 365 GTB/4 was radically different. Its sharp-edged styling resembled a Lamborghini more than a traditional Pininfarina Ferrari. Early Daytona's featured fixed headlights behind an acrylic glass cover. This particular setup was completely abandoned in 1971 in favour of retractable pop-up twin headlights due to new safety regulations in the US. The Daytona's engine is essentially an enlarged Tipo 226 60° V12 from the previous 275 GTB/4 and is designated Tipo 251. They have a displacement of 4.4 litres producing 352bhp at 7500rpm. Pininfarina designed the Daytona's bodywork exuding power from every angle. As a result the Daytona remains one of the most jaw-dropping GT's to this day. It was the fastest production road car available and would turn out to be the last of Ferrari's front-engined GT's, a fact not lost on writers at the time. Relatively few official options were available, just wider Cromodora alloys, spoked Borrani wires, front bumper bars and air conditioning having been on the upgrade list. This stunning example , chassis 16531, is one of just 158 righthand drive Daytona's imported to the UK and comes finished in blue Ribot metallic with full tan hide, black inserts and tan coloured carpets. Ordered new by Maranello Concessionaires Ltd. in 1973, the official Ferrari importer for the UK, it was to be used as their demonstrator. Fairly soon after however, Allan Mapp of Maranello's, confirms that the car was loaned to Prince Charles for a week in 1973. It was then sold in July that same year for the sum of £9,250. In the late 1980's the car was owned by John Coombs, famous 'patron' of the 1960's/70's racing Jaguars and Ferrari's. Modena Engineering Ltd then purchased it in 1988 for £210,000 and sold it again in 1990 for £400,000 with just 17,500 miles. Prices 'adjusted themselves shortly after that and the next owner managed to acquire it for just £69,990. The vendor then bought it from him in 2005. With just 26,281 still recorded, it is no surprise that this represents one of the finest examples of Pininfarina's art. So good indeed is this example that, when new, the factory claimed an engine output of 352 bhp. In August 2008 the car was tested on a dynamometer and was recorded at exactly the same, some 35 years later. Internationally acclaimed BBC television program, Top Gear even used it in a film they made. A race between Richard Hammond in the Daytona and James May in a £1.25m power boat with carbon Kevlar lavatory seats from Portofino to Saint-Tropez. For May, the journey was rough, damaging the in-vehicle camera and his back in the process. For Hammond, the drive was sublime. Exactly what these powerful GT's are for. Ultimately the boat wins but Hammond closes by saying that the boat might have been the fastest way to complete the journey, but the car would always be the best method. With over over 260,000 hits on Youtube, see the action for yourself; Its media appearances are not limited to television however, this Daytona was also but put head to head with a Lamborghini Miura in the 2008 edition of Classis Car magazine. Supplied with proper Classiche certification from Ferrari, the original paperwork, handbooks and tool roll, prices for fine examples of these very collectable 12 cylinder Ferrari's are on the march making this particular car a better than average proposition. Good quality, good history and immaculate pedigree are things to look for. To quote Mr. Hammond once again, ""the Daytona is the absolute essence of pure European supercar.""