1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Lot No. 586
Auctioned on Saturday, March 15, 2014
Sold for $605,000
bodywork on the 365 GTB/4 was noticeably more sharp and angular, yet still achingly gorgeous. Though Enzo Ferrari furiously squashed any official use of the Daytona moniker after the name was inadvertently leaked to the press, it remains in popular use to this day, forever commemorating Ferrari’s 1-2-3 finish at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona. Revered by tifosi and general sports car aficionados alike, the 365 GTB/4 is particularly notable as the last of Maranello’s legendary vintage V-12 road cars.
Bestowed with a 4.4-liter V-12 engine mated to six Weber carburetors and a five-speed transaxle, the Daytona produced 352-hp and with a top speed of 174-mph, it was labeled as the fastest production sports car in the world. While the price of the Daytona rose from $19,500 to $23,940 over the course of the Daytona’s five-year production run; its appeal certainly never diminished. The Daytona went on to become the best-selling V-12 Ferrari of the vintage era and a grand total of 1,273 were produced from 1968-1973. Sadly, this would be Ferrari’s last front engined-two seat grand tourer until the introduction of the 550 Maranello in 1996.
Completed by the factory on February 6th, 1973 according to noted Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this Daytona was delivered new to Pedini Automobili S.a.s., located in Perugia, Italy. The car was finished in Rosso Chiaro (20-R-190) over Beige (VM 3218) leather, and is fitted with factory air conditioning. Sometime after the car was sold to its first owner by Pedini Automobili, this Daytona was exported to the United States. In 1987, it was shipped back to Italy for a complete restoration and returned to the United States shortly thereafter.
While residing with its current owner in Canada, this Daytona recently had its brake system fully rebuilt in addition to a full mechanical service and compression check, the results of which are on file for further inspection. The interior, fitted with red leather “Daytona inserts” in the seats, matching red carpets, black leather dashboard, and a Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel, is warm and inviting and would be a fantastic place to be for both driver and passenger on long road trips with the seats showing only slight wear from previous enjoyment. Sporting Campagnolo alloy wheels with knock-off hubs as per factory spec, this Daytona would be instantly recognizable to a bystander as a Ferrari, whether at speed or standing still.
The Daytona is without a doubt one of Ferrari’s most iconic front-engined GT cars and almost all tifosi aspire to have a Daytona in their collection. They are cars that are just as exciting to drive as they are comfortable, and were perfect when new for jaunts across Europe and the United States, and remain so to this day. The Daytona presented here is indeed an excellent example of the breed, featuring an always desirable color combination and a recent servicing. It is undoubtedly ready to return to the open road.