1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4SOLD
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Estimate: 120,000£-140,000£
Estimate: €174,000 - €203,000
Estimate: $240,000 - $280,000

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of £139.688

Estimate: €174,000 - €203,000
Estimate: $240,000 - $280,000

352bhp 4,390cc double overhead cam V-12 engine with six 40DCN20 Weber carburettors, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5in. (2,400mm).

Beginning with the 166 Inter, the success of Ferrari’s road-going cars has been closely intertwined with the Scuderia’s achievements on the track. Competition racing not only provided a proving ground for continued testing of newer and better technologies but also garnered a formidable reputation for the prancing horses of Maranello. The mid-1960s were characterized by a staunch prototype rivalry between Ferrari and Ford, who had entered the endurance racing scene with the extraordinary GT 40. After being vanquished repeatedly at Le Mans, Ferrari struck back in 1967 with a 1-2-3 photo finish with their P4 and P3/4 sports-racing cars at the Daytona Continental 24 Hours.

The following year, Ferrari unveiled its replacement for the beautiful 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta at the auto salon in Paris. Nicknamed ‘Daytona’, in honour of the Scuderia’s podium sweep the previous year, the new 365 GTB/4 was a more than worthy replacement for its predecessor, with which it shared a chassis, suspension, 2,400mm 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 grill 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 aluminium 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 export to the US be fitted with retractable headlights under two flush-fitting panels. Three-eared knock-off wheels were also replaced with plain, hexagonal-type units for the same reason. By 1971, however, the concealed headlamps were adopted series-wide, making the initial run of 365 GTB/4s among the most rare. In fact, about 1,285 Daytona Berlinettas were assembled over a production run that lasted through 1974.

For the 365 GTB/4, Ferrari resorted to its tried and true Colombo-designed V-12. Displacing 4.4litres, the twelve-cylinder engine utilized four overhead camshafts and was fitted with six Weber 40DCN20 carburettors, producing 352 horsepower at 7,500rpm. The not unrealistic top speed of 174mph claimed by Ferrari was tested by the daring drivers at Road and Track, who reached 173 mph in their GTB/4. From a standstill, 60 mph came up in 5.9 seconds and the 1,600-kilogram car could turn the quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds.

Incidentally, several 365 GTB/4s were raced by their owners. As late as 1979, a factory prepared, NART-entered version came in second at Daytona with Paul Newman as one of the drivers. Not all racing endeavours were entirely legal, however; Brock Yates and the Le Mans-winning Dan Gurney supposedly tested the Daytona’s top speed for themselves on the public highways of Arizona during the second running of the original Cannonball Baker Memorial Trophy Dash between New York City and Los Angeles. The Cannonball Rally, as it came to be known, was later immortalized on the silver screen. What had initially been conceived as an interim model for the long-overdue 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer had not only become the costliest production Ferrari to date but also the fastest, most attractive, and quite possibly the most popular car in the world.

With only two original private owners, this particular Daytona, chassis number 14087, was originally sold new in Italy as one of only 530 of the first series of Plexiglas nose models. In 1989, it was purchased by Gaetan Tortora of Aix-en-Provence, France, whose impressive Ferrari collection had previously included a 250 GTO (no. 3909) and a 512M (no. 1050). Shortly after purchasing the Daytona, Tortora had the car restored by Motor Srl of Modena, an official Ferrari agent. Thereafter, the car did not change hands again until December 2006, when it was offered at auction in Gstaad, Switzerland. It has since been exported to the United Kingdom, where it is presented with 85,000 original kilometres on the clock. The car is accident-free and is fitted with knock-off wheels and optional air-conditioning, which in 1971 was the only major option, together with an AM/FM radio, available for the GTB/4. The car is painted Rosso Corsa and the interior is original, from the black Connolly leather seats to the red carpeting. It appears to be in good overall condition and remains complete, right down to the original tool roll.

Powerful, sexy, and tremendously fast, the GTB/4 stands out as one of the finest sports cars ever produced by Ferrari and undoubtedly one of the most exciting to drive. The Daytona presented here further sets itself apart with a short, well-documented ownership history and a front-end design indicative of its place in the GTB/4 production run. Its value is eternally supported by its star power and infinite desirability.

Reference Number 13174

as of 9/14/2007

Car 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4
VIN 14087 
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