Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona'

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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 Ferrari Classiche Certified example offered for sale by DK Engineering is an original UK "pop-up" headlight RHD car delivered in 1971 by Maranello Concessionaires. The car's excellent history file details a lifetime of no expense spared servicing and maintenance, most recently the car has been subjected to an extensive restoration including a total re trim, bare metal respray and mechanical rebuild. This restoration was completed in 2010, 200 miles ago, and the work was carried out by some of the most skilled people in the U.K. In total since delivery in 1971 the car has covered 30,000 extremely well documented miles. The restoration took no less than 8 years and as a result the car won its class at the Ferrari Owners club concours in 2010. Still presented in concours winning condition this is surely the finest Daytona available for sale anywhere in the UK.

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