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 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 Pininfarina carried out a 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 offered for sale was supplied new by Maranello Concessionaires. One of just 158 RHD examples built, this Daytona is one of 22 delivered new in Argento Auteuil, and one of just 7 to be paired with this blue interior.
Supplied new to Maranello Concessionaires in November 1971, this example earned the registration JPB 44K upon its arrival in the UK to be used as a demonstrator by the dealership. In January 1972, this Daytona was briefly owned by Anthony Everard of Ratcliffe Hall, Leicestershire but despite its elegant hue and private registration mark of ‘AY 1’, the car attracted a little too much attention from the local constabulary for his liking and he returned the car before the end of the month!
Maranello sold the car very quickly to an aristocrat local to the dealership, Mr John Rowlandson whose primary passion lay with the Rolls Royce marque. He would cover 8,000 miles over the course of the next year, replacing the speedometer at 12,673 miles which is noted in Maranello’s records. He would retain the car until 1976, or another three years, but use the car much more sparingly.
Its next custodian would be 32 year old Ceanan Baird, grandson of Viscount Stonehaven. He purchased the car from Strattons of Wilmslow with 3,303 miles (plus 12,763miles) for £11,000 in 1976. The Daytona would remain with him until 1983, having had the gearbox rebuilt and serviced by his local dealership during his ownership.
The next custodian, property entrepreneur Terry Gilder would own the car for ten years during which time Daytona values increased significantly. His buy-in price of £25,000 in 1983 would balloon to a Christies valuation in 1990 of £200,000! Shortly after, the car would move to the collection of Brandon Wang’s prominent UK based collection alongside his 250 GTO!
Just two months after acquisition, Wang would sell the car to his good friend and fellow-Thai board member Payson Cha, with the speedo showing just over 17,000miles. With most of his business operations based in Hong Kong, the Daytona would be kept alongside an F40 and 365 GTC in Hampshire. All of his cars were maintained by his staff and local Ferrari agent, Nigel Mansell. The Daytona would cover just 500 miles in eight years with Cha; towards the end of his ownership it received some underbody corrosion repairs, although it was apparent more was needed. Ending up in a Bonhams auction, the car was purchased by Carlos Monteverde, although quickly passed to Hertfordshire based enthusiast Chris Filippidis in its original, unrestored condition for £57,500.
Between 2002 and 2010, Filippidis spent £130,000 on the Daytona. Utilising the finest craftsmanship available, the Daytona was taken back to bare metal by Spraytec of Northamptonshire and refinished in Rosso over black. The engine and gearbox rebuild was carried out by former DK employee, Mike Stirland of MDS Services and accounting for almost £50,000 of the budget. The merits of restoration were noted past Filippidis, with the Daytona taking a class win at the 2010 Ferrari Owners Club Concours.
DK Engineering fielded both an F50 and a 288 GTO at the same event and noted the Daytona and its condition, and shortly after consigned the car for sale. At the time of sale, the car was awarded Ferrari red book Classiche certification.
DK handled the sale to two consecutive custodians, between 2010-2012 and 2012-2016 respectively, with the mileage having increased by just 1,550 miles in six years. The second of these custodians returned the car to its original colour scheme of Argento Auteuil over Blu. The glass out respray was carried out by specialist Kevin O’Rourke of Moto Technique, and the interior coach trimming by his son of multi-concours winning O’Rourke Coachtrimmers.
The car changed hands once more in 2020 and has since visited marque specialist Bob Houghton for a mechanical recommissioning after several years of limited use. The Classiche has been refreshed to note the car is once more in its original specifications.
This wonderful 365 GTB/4 Daytona presents superbly with well known and well documented history from new and is available to view at our showrooms outside London immediately.