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Ferrari GTB/4 "Daytona"

Previous Concours Winner and Subject of Classic Supercar's Article on the 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. After two years of production a number of important revisions were introduced, these changes came about as a result of the newly imposed Federal safety legislation in the USA that deemed covered headlights illegal. Thus, Pininfarina were forced into carrying out a mild front-end make-over resulting in retractable headlights in early-1971. As production went on, Ferrari made changes to the indicator lenses, later cars more often than not coming with exclusively orange items whereas earlier examples tended to get combination lenses. There was also a switch from aluminium to steel doors (these providing a little more side impact protection) and the arrival of a smaller-diameter leather-rimmed steering wheel.

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, 158 of which were right-hand drive and came to the UK.

This example, chassis number 16043, is a previous Ferrari Owners Club Class concours winner and is presented in Rosso Corsa with the original combination of red carpets and Nero upholstery with Rosso Daytona stripes.

Supplied on the 14th of November 1972 to Mr D Basset with optional factory air conditioning the vehicle was Maranello Concessionaires' 584th order and is a "Suffix A" example. 16043 spent a year between 1975 and 1976 in Jersey under the ownership of Mr G Greenhall but returned to the Mainland when sold on to a Mr and Mrs Lee who kept the car for eleven years. 16043 was purchased by the current owner in 2001 who has enjoyed 7,000 Miles of motoring with the car.

The car is accompanied by a large and extensive history file that is complete and provides documentation validating a lifetime of no expense spared servicing right back to 1975. Ferrari tools and a jack are also present. Examples of items to note in the history include, a full restoration which included a total engine rebuild that was completed in the 1990s. The car has covered jsut 13,000 miles since its restoration. In addition the car also has a full stainless steel exhaust, front brake upgrade by DK, as well as a bare metal respray & body restoration in 2006 and a major service in February 2011. A large number of MOT's are contained within the file helping confirm the mileage along with the service invoices.

This car was the subject of an Article on the Daytona in the August 2003 in Classic Supercars magazine where 16043 was described as "pure sex on wheels... GT perfection: stylish, practical, comfortable".