Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe
Year: 1973 Style: 2-door Berlinetta
Color: Silver (Argento Metallizzato) Engine: 4390cc Alloy V12
Price: SOLD Chassis#: 17009


Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Coupe
Year          1973                                                  Style:               2 door Berlinetta

Color:       Silver (Argento Metallizzato)              Engine:            4390cc Alloy V12

Price:        P.O.A.                                                Chassis #:       17009

 

History:

A very rare, one-owner-from-new, time-capsule Daytona! This car has only 2,210 ORIGINAL MILES!  One of the last production Daytona Coupes ever made, this car was delivered new to Ferrari dealer Luigi Della Grotta in Montreal in November, 1973 and has had only one owner since new. The US-specification car was driven very sparingly and has been in long-term storage until recently. The car includes the original Bill of Sale from Luigi and other original records and documentation. A complete, unrestored, unmolested and recently serviced car, this is a unique piece of Ferrari history that is quite likely to be the lowest mileage Daytona to be found anywhere. 

 

Condition:   

Excellent factory original condition throughout. Never damaged, it has its original paint, engine, body, gearbox and wheels and even tires. The body is virtually perfect, with nice original paint and no indication of rust anywhere. Interior is also nearly perfect and totally original, with the seats, headliner, dash, door seals and glass being all in excellent condition. The engine has just been serviced, has 170 PSI +/-2 compression across all 12 cylinders and runs very well. Transmission and clutch both work well and the brakes, water pump and radiator were just rebuilt due to age. Car comes complete with both factory tool kits and manuals, and a file including early receipts confirming mileage. This car is an excellent candidate as a show-winning preservation car. It is available for inspection in the Seattle area. 

Body Design           Pininfarina                                 Body Built By      Scaglietti
Chassis No.            17009                                        Engine No.          17009
Engine Type           V-12 60 degree                         Material               Alloy block & heads    
Size                        4.4 Liters                                   Bore & Stroke      81mm x 71mm
HP                          352bhp & 318 ft lbs torque        Valve Train          SOHC    

Transmission          5-speed Ferrari manual with single-plate Borg & Beck dry clutch
Carburetion            6 We 40 DCN-20 carburettors
Chassis                  Tipo 605, Steel tubular frame with steel and alloy body
Suspension            Front & rear: independent, double wishbone w/coil-over springs & shocks
Steering                 Rack & pinion
Brakes                   290mm front & 297mm rear ventilated disc brakes with servo assist
Wheels                  7.5 in x 15.0 in Ferrari Cromodora cast alloy
Tires                      215/70 VR 15 Michelin XWX original equipment radials

Overall Length       4343mm                                     Wheelbase          2400mm
Rear Track             1425mm                                      Front Track        1440mm
Dry Weight             3639lbs                                      Power/Weight     1:7.5
Top Speed               278 km/h (173 mph)                  Total Built           1284

The 365 Daytona is generally regarded as one of Ferrari's greatest ever GT's. A combination of enormous performance, stunning Pininfarina bodywork and its place in history as the last front-engined Ferrari GT that Fiat had no hand. Therefore it occupies a special place in Maranello history. The press in recognition of the prancing horses stunning 1-2-3 victory unofficially conjured up the world famous Daytona name at 1967's Daytona 24 Hours. Rumors persist that Ferrari was actually intending to name their new model as such but for some reason they never officially used this evocative title themselves.

There were two prototypes (chassis number 10287 and 11001) built.. Styling refinements continued until the current style of the present car.  The early cars had the headlights covered with a plastic band called perspex. The Daytona was a stopgap model between Ferrari's outgoing 275 GTB/4 and their mid-engined 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer, the development of which was running well behind schedule. Influenced by the fact they were beginning to suffer a number of financial problems, Ferrari decided to produce what was essentially an updated version of an existing model. However, despite the troubled background to its inception, Daytona's themselves were in no way affected, Ferrari producing what became the definitive GT of its time. A traditional welded tubular steel chassis designated Tipo 605 bore many similarities to the Tipo 596 of the 275 GTB/4, including its 2400mm wheelbase. Some important developments were made though, Tipo 605 frames most obviously having their inner tub now formed from fiberglass. A family lineage extended to the engine, Daytona's running what was essentially an enlarged Tipo 226 60 degree V12 from the outgoing 275, designated Tipo 251, Output was also significantly higher with 352bhp at 7500rpm. This meant that, despite being an undoubted heavyweight at over 3600 pounds, the Daytona became the worlds fastest production car.

A top speed of 175mph and zero to sixty-sprint time of 5.3 seconds were enough to eclipse every other manufacturer, even Lamborghini. Meanwhile, as had become normal practice since the mid fifties, Ferrari commissioned Turinese carrozzeria, Pininfarina to design the Daytona's bodywork. Exuding power from every angle, the Daytona remains one of the most jaw-dropping post war GTs to this day. Panels were fabricated by Scaglietti of Modena who used hand-formed and hammer-welded small sections of steel for everything other than the doors, bonnet and boot lid, these being light alloy.
    
The effortlessly long bonnet and chiseled nose housed a full width cover over the headlights, the rakish cabin being set well back and accentuating the wild front end, both cockpit and wings leading seamlessly into the taught, muscular tail. Inside, the cabin was just as impressive and despite featuring nothing revolutionary, was nevertheless wonderfully styled and finished in the finest Connolly leather, all-round visibility proving very good. The dash covering on the earliest Daytona's was black vinyl, this soon getting replaced by an anti-dazzle material often called mousehair. The new model was launched during October 1968 Paris Salon and won enormous praise.

It was the fastest production road car available and would be the last of Ferraris front-engined GTs, a fact not lost on writers at the time. Relatively few official options were available including air conditioning ($885.00), and either a Voxson ($285.00) or Blaupunk($390.00) radio. Later upgrades included Borrani wire wheels, wider Cromodora wheels and metal nose guards.  
    
Shortly after debuting the gorgeous GTB/4 Spyder, a number of important revisions were introduced on both versions. These changes came about as a result of the newly imposed federal safety legislation in the USA that deemed covered headlights illegal.  Ferrari and Pininfarina were subsequently being forced into carrying out a mild front-end makeover. All subsequent examples featured retractable headlights. As production went on, Ferrari made changes to the indicator lenses. Later cars came more often than not with uniform orange lenses whereas earlier examples tended to get combination lenses. There was also a switch from aluminum to steel doors (these providing a little more side impact protection) and the arrival of a smaller-diameter leather-rimmed steering wheel. Production continued in both Berlinetta and Spyder forms until late 1973.  The Daytona was discontinued in 1973 to make way for the overdue mid-flat-12-engined 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer. By this time, Ferrari had completed 1284 GTB/4's, 179 of which were right-hand drive.

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