Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta

The ultimate expression of the front-engine V12 Ferrari, the 365 GTB/4 is instantly recognizable. Illustrating Enzo’s dictum that “the horse does not push the cart, it pulls,” the Daytona’s exaggerated hood practically places the driver between the back wheels.

The Daytona had a tube steel frame, and the body featured a horizontal body-side crease just below the level of the wheel-wells. Early models had full-width plastic headlight covers, but all had pop-up lights from 1970 onwards. The chopped-off Kamm tail contained two taillights on each side, and aluminum was used for the doors, hood and trunklid, while Cromodora five-spoke wheels were standard.

At the 1968 Paris Salon, Ferrari introduced what many considered its tour de force, the 365 GTB/4. Externally, the new 365 GTB/4 benefitted from yet another timeless Pininfarina design, executed by Scaglietti. Power was provided by the Colombo-derived Tipo 251 V-12 engine, which displaced 4.4 liters and featured four overhead camshafts and six Weber twin-choke carburetors that propelled the car from zero-to-100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds and to a top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph), making it the world’s fastest production car in period.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California and in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

352 bhp, 4,390 cc double overhead camshaft V-12 engine, six Weber 40DCN20 dual choke carburetors, five-speed manual gearbox, independent front and rear suspension with unequal length A-arms, coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers, four-wheel servo-assisted hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Maule

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