1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Group 4SOLD
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Estimate: €270,000-320,000

Sold: €417,400

The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 'Daytona' is one of the most significant models in the history of the world's most famous car company. As well as revolutionising the company's styling, the Daytona was the most powerful road car Ferrari had produced at that time, and would sell in large numbers around the world. Even today, the car is an icon in performance car terms, and one to which Ferrari owes much of its reputation as the builder of the greatest road cars. The Daytona came at a time when Ferrari was dominant in sports car racing with its sports prototypes, and the road cars the company developed were increasingly distanced from the racing cars with their associated improvements in reliability and creature comforts.

In the word of one enthusiast, "There is no greater adrenaline pump". With its brutally aggressive yet somehow classically elegant lines and such a wonderful 4.4 litre four-camshaft V12 under its bonnet, there was nothing that could challenge it when new, and precious little that can do so today. True, such cars have never been considered easy to drive, but then again the best things in life always demand a little more commitment. Indeed a motor car such as the Daytona, once mastered, can provide thrills beyond its owner's wildest expectations.

Ferrari Daytonas also made their mark in competition at the highest level with strong results at Le Mans and, indeed, Daytona. These competition specification cars obviously have even more formidable performance. As the factory built so few such competition specification cars, it is perhaps unsurprising that a limited number of road cars have been brought up to racing specification.

Few have been built to such a high standard as this example with matching chassis and engine numbers. The car was uprated to racing specification in 1980 and the preparation work carried out included the suspension, the fitment of the roll cage, and the addition of perspex headlamp covers together with widened rear wheel arches to cover the competition knock-on wheels; also modified in line with the other race preparation work was the engine which features dry sump lubrication. The car has been successfully run at many of the more prestigious tracks in Europe and won the Tour of Spain in 2005 and came third overall in the Tour de France. Throughout this active racing life, this Ferrari has been maintained to the highest standard both mechanically and cosmetically.

Without doubt this is one of the most enjoyable and well prepared competition Ferraris which, as well as offering fantastic track performance, can also be enjoyed on the road. The car is race-ready and supplied with a spare set of wheels, a large file of documents and is presented complete with full FIA papers.

Reference Number 14138

as of 10/13/2007

Car 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Group 4
VIN 13851