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The world famous Daytona name was unofficially conjured up by the press in recognition of the firms stunning 1-2-3 victory at 1967's Daytona 24 Hours and – the fact that it was the last front-engined Ferrari GT before the Fiat years also means it occupies a special place in Maranello history. 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 produced what became the definitive GT of its time. The Daytona's motor 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.
At the time the Daytona became the world's fastest production car with a top speed of 175mph and 0-60 in 5.3 seconds - enough to eclipse every other manufacturer, even Lamborghini. 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. The 365 GTB/4 (proper name!) was launched during October 1968's Paris Salon and won enormous praise. It was the fastest production road car available and would 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. Production ceased in late 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, 149 of which were right-hand drive.
This example offered for sale by DK Engineering is a very original low mileage car that has recently had a small fortune lavished upon it by a marquee specialist to raise the car to the highest standard. Originally delivered in 1972 the car is presented in Rosso with Biscuit Leather, Black Daytona stripes and brown carpets. In 2007 the car was subjected to a thorough brake and suspension overhaul. In 2008 the car was stripped to bare metal and repainted. During 2009 as mentioned the car has had a great deal of work carried out including a major service, new larger rear wheels, retrimming of various items including carpets and dash and the fitting of power steering (a car transforming addition!).
This is example is especially unique having had just 2 recorded owners from new and having completed just 26,000 miles from new. Added to this the car is accompanied by MOT's from nearly every year of its life validating its low mileage.