Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder

In 1968, Ferrari unveiled its replacement for the beautiful 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta in Paris. The new 365 GTB/4 was more than a worthy replacement for its predecessor, with which it shared a chassis, suspension, 2,400 mm wheelbase and much of its layout. As the last front-engine Berlinetta, Pininfarina produced an attractive design that at once paid homage to the car’s heritage while providing clients with an exciting new look for Ferrari’s flagship road-going model. The smooth, unbroken design was accented by a crease that ran the length of the body, just below the top of the wheel wells. Up front, the small, black egg crate grille was complemented by rubber-tipped bumperettes. A matching set of bumperettes was fitted at the rear below four round taillights, a design feature that has persisted to this day. Constructed by Scaglietti, overall weight of the Daytona was reduced by utilizing aluminum for the doors, bonnet and boot lid.

Initially, the headlights were set back behind a transparent full-width plastic cover. American safety regulations required that Daytonas produced for stateside exportation be fitted with retractable headlights under two flush-fitting panels. Three-eared knock-off wheels were also replaced with plain, hexagonal-type units. By 1971, however, the concealed headlamps were adopted series-wide. In fact, about 1,285 Daytona Coupes were assembled over a production run that lasted through 1974.

For the 365 GTB/4, Ferrari adopted its tried and true Colombo-designed V12. Displacing 4.4 liters, the 12-cylinder engine utilized four overhead camshafts and was fitted with six Weber 40DCN 20 carburetors, producing 352 horsepower at 7,500 rpm. The not-unrealistic top speed of 174 mph claimed by Ferrari was tested by the daring drivers at Road & Track who reached 173 miles per hour in their GTB/4. From a standstill, it reached 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds, and the 3,500-pound car could turn the quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds – both tremendous achievements.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2009 at Ferrari S.p.A., Fiorano Modenese, Modena, in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco and in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

352 bhp, 4,390 cc double overhead camshaft V-12 engine, six Weber 40 DCN20 carburettors, five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs, and tubular shock absorbers, and four-wheel, servo-assisted hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400 mm (94.5 in.)

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel, Ron Kimball and Derdehmel Fotografie 

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