1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4SOLD
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Estimate: €150.000-€200.000

€209.000 Sold

352 bhp, 4,390 cc double overhead camshaft V-12 engine, six Weber 40DCN20 dual-choke carburettors, 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: 2,400 mm (94.5 in.)

At the 1968 Paris Salon, Ferrari introduced what many considered a fantastic tour de force, the 365 GTB 4. Never officially called “Daytona”, the car remains notable as the last road going front-engine model designed before Fiat essentially took over the production side of Ferrari in 1969. Externally, the new 365 GTB 4 benefited from yet another timeless Pininfarina body design, executed by Scaglietti. Power was provided by the Colombo-derived Tipo 251 V-12 engine, which displaced 4.4 litres and featured four overhead camshafts and six Weber twin-choke carburettors. Output stood at about 350 brake horsepower, sufficient for remarkable zero-to-100 km/h times of just 5.9 seconds and a reported top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph). Road & Track testers independently confirmed its breathtaking performance, and without doubt, the Ferrari 365 GTB 4 distinguished itself as the world’s fastest production car.

Noted racing driver Sam Posey echoed this sentiment in 1974, as he participated in a comparison test at Riverside Raceway. Speaking of the road going version of the Daytona, Posey remarked, “It’s fantastic. I’ve never driven a street car that can do what this one can – handling, power, predictability; it has it all.” More recently, five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell remarked that his own Daytona was almost as fast as the competition variants he had raced at Le Mans during the 1970s. In true grand touring style, this incredible performance was complemented by power brakes, optional air conditioning and a leather interior with luxurious Connolly hides.

Completed on July 22, 1970, the outstanding example presented here, chassis no. 13653, was delivered new to Franco-Britannic Autos SA (Charles Pozzi SA) in Paris-Levallois, France, originally finished in Celeste (blue) with a Rosso Scuro (dark red) interior. A left-hand drive, European-specification example, this Daytona was also originally fitted with the desirable Plexiglas nose, as opposed to the later front-end treatment with retractable headlamps. While little is known of its early history, chassis no. 13653 is known to have been owned by Mr. Bernhard Aschain, a French collector who had it registered on Parisian license plates. In April 1981, Aschain sold 13653 to Pierre Landraux of Vintage Garage in Monaco, who retained the car until December 1995, when Jean Guikas’s Marseilles-based GTC Sarl. purchased it. At that time, the Daytona showed about 87,000 kms and the engine was noted to have been rebuilt to original specifications.

Passing through CC Classics of Wassenaar, Holland, 13653 was purchased by Mr. Schermerhorn in October 1996 and, accordingly, has benefited from careful storage, maintenance and limited use ever since. This excellent example is offered in mostly original, unrestored condition with the exception of the seats, which received a painstaking, photo-documented restoration in 2008. The paintwork and interior remain in very good condition and appearance, displaying a very attractive and authentic patina of originality throughout. In 2005, the Daytona received a photo-documented engine service, with receipts totalling nearly €6,000 before receiving additional restoration work and freshening just last year.

As offered, the Daytona is complete with both alloy and Borrani wire wheels as well as an original tool kit. In addition, an extensive history file is included, containing CDs with photos of recent work performed, as well as numerous invoices, articles and pictures of the car.

Although the Daytona was initially conceived as an interim model for the long-awaited 365 GT 4 Berlinetta Boxer, it was released as the fastest and, for legions of Ferrari enthusiasts, the most desirable car in the world. While Ferrari ultimately conformed with the rising trend of mid-engine “supercars” with the Berlinetta Boxer and Testarossa, the classic Ferrari formula of a front-mounted V-12 continues to show its appeal in Ferrari’s current road models. Four decades after its début, however, the 365 GTB 4 Daytona maintains its glorious status among the sports car elite and is a cultural icon in its own right.

Reference Number 41066

as of 3/24/2009

Car 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4
VIN 13653 
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