1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 "A" BerlinettaSOLD

Factory air conditioning, one of 158 right-hand drive cars

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This Daytona has a rare specification and an excellent provenance. A late production, European specification car (US market Daytonas suffered power sapping emissions control equipment), chassis ‘16657’ was ordered by well-known British dealer Duncan Hamilton & Co. Ltd in November 1972 via UK Ferrari importer Maranello Concessionaires Ltd. Originally specified in Giallo Fly (yellow) with black leather, the order was changed in January 1973 to Rosso Rubino (a deep burgundy) with beige leather, as evidenced by correspondence which accompanies the car. Air conditioning and right hand drive were requested. Finally ready for despatch in June 1973 and invoiced on 12th of the month by Ferrari in Italy to Maranello Concessionaires for Lire 7,800,000, the car arrived in the UK and was invoiced by Maranello to Hamilton for the princely sum of £9,168.56 (compared to £6,800 for a then-current Porsche Carrera RS or just £3,500 for a new V12 Jaguar E-Type). The factory informs us that only 16 Daytonas were produced in this colour.

“The Daytona 365GTB/4 is the embodiment of [Ferrari’s] image: a fiercely powerful, sleek and sensuous machine combining beauty with strength. As such the Daytona has reached near mystical status among Ferrari enthusiasts, and the stratospheric price tags now attached to the car attest this desirability”. Pat Braden and Gerald Roush, ‘The Ferrari Daytona’, 1980.

The most powerful two-seater, road-gong GT and the world's fastest car at the time of its launch, the Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona debuted at the Paris Salon in 1968, with production proper commencing in the second half of 1969. Worthy successor to the classic 275GTB/4, the aggressively styled Daytona (nicknamed after Ferrari’s crushing 1-2-3 victory over Ford at the US circuit) boldly re-stated the traditional sports car 'long bonnet, small cabin, short tail' look in a way which suggested muscular horsepower while retaining all the elegance associated with the Italian coachbuilder's work for Maranello.

Ferrari's road-car V12 engine had gained four overhead camshafts during production of the 275GTB (cars thus equipped acquiring a '/4' suffix) and in the Daytona displaced 4,390cc. Power output was 352bhp at 7,500rpm, with maximum torque of 318lb/ft available at 5,500 revs. Dry-sump lubrication enabled the engine to be installed low in the chassis, while a five-speed rear transaxle enabled 50/50 front/rear weight distribution to be achieved. The chassis embodied long-standing Ferrari practice, being comprised of oval-section tubing. All-independent wishbone and coil-spring suspension was a more-recent development, having originated in the preceding 275GTB.

The Daytona was not available with power steering, a feature then deemed inappropriate for a 'real' sports car. There was, however, servo assistance for the four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Air conditioning, vital for the US market, was optional, but elsewhere the Daytona remained uncompromisingly focused on delivering nothing less than superlative high performance.

“The Ferrari 365GTB/4…will make the most blasé car nut consider financial slavery to acquire one” said US author Dean Batchelor back in 1969, whilst Belgian racing driver Paul Frere commented that the styling “suggests speed even when the car is stationary and…is striking without being flashy.” The Daytona was capable of over 170mph (270km/h) and has been a landmark in Ferrari history since it ceased production.

Reference Number 6814

as of 1/26/2007

Overview
Car 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 "A" Berlinetta
VIN 16657 
Exterior / Interior Color      Blue /      Black 
Mileage 41,000 miles 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Exterior: Metallic paint
Interior: Leather interior 
Known History

Chassis ‘16657’ was first registered on 1st August 1973 to a Mr Jon Bosomworth of Shipley in Yorkshire. He sold it in November 1974, at 18,000 miles, to collector David Harrison of Ilkley. In a fascinating letter dated July 1988, Harrison recalls his ownership: “I bought the car…when it was two years old and had an indicated mileage of 18,000. It had only had one owner and appeared to be in first class condition. I thought the mileage was high for a Ferrari so I did not doubt that it was genuine. It was painted an unusual plum colour which I understand is non standard. In its first few years with me it was looked after by my personal racing mechanic who had looked after my type 51 Bugatti, an 8 litre Isotta Fraschini, a blown 2.3 Castagna Alfa Romeo…and a 7.1 litre Mercedes.

 

“When he retired I took the Daytona to Graypaul while Bob Houghton still worked there and he always looked after my cars…In 1980 I had the car totally rebuilt by Nick Shrigley Feigl who did a bare metal respray…I later went to Brandon Motors in Coventry who rebuilt the gearbox and limited slip diff. I have used the car very little in the past three years as you can see from the mileage of 41,000…Last year I rediscovered Bob Houghton who rebuilt the suspension, shock absorbers etc and did an engine tune.”

 

Harrison concluded: “I have always treated the car with the respect and care it deserves.”

 

The next owner was Roland Duce of Langham, Nottinghamshire, who acquired ‘16675’ from David Harrison through a London based broker. The car received Duce’s personal registration ‘LXA 25’ and joined his small collection of pre and post-war sports cars, with maintenance again entrusted to Bob Houghton. “This was a really lovely original car” Duce comments in a letter on file. By 1989 the mileage stood at 45,587. The following year Duce swapped ‘16675’ plus cash to DK Engineering for an alloy Ferrari 275GTB. DK sold it soon afterwards to their regular client Udi Gecaga, for whom it was repainted and retrimmed. Gecaga hardly drove the Daytona and sold it back to DK 14 years later with just 49,113 miles. The next owner, in July 2004, was Mark Tiley who commissioned the following work by DK Engineering: wheels overhauled by MWS, shocks overhauled by Koni, all suspension bushes stripped, cleaned and greased, brakes overhauled, new exhaust tailpipes, new clutch assembly, transaxle overhauled, engine removed, completely stripped, serviced and all seals gaskets renewed, and distributors and carbs overhauled. No sooner was this work completed than the car was taken back in part exchange against a competition Daytona, so presumably it made a good impression! The next owner, a well known UK based collector whose motor home has housed most of Maranello’s masterpieces from 250 Tour de France through Comp 250 SWB to F40, has hardly driven the car as work engagements in the UK and abroad have left him virtually no time. The mileage today stands at just 50,806.

 

Recent work by DK Engineering (December 2006) has included attention to the underside, air conditioning, electrics and distributors, plus an engine service, the expenditure totaling £5,053. Liveried in a very attractive shade of Blu Metalizzato with matching carpets and black leather trim, and fitted with elegant, chromed Borrani wire wheels, ‘16657’ comes with a large and fascinating history file (including a copy of the original invoice), maintenance records, sought-after factory owners handbook, rare colour sales brochure and spare parts catalogue, and tool kit. A condition report is also available. Air conditioning and a vintage 8 track stereo complete the specification.

 

British registered, road taxed and MoT tested, this is a well looked after Daytona which has no known needs. It is fair to assume that if the current trend continues, it won’t be long before there are no more Daytonas available at this price level. ‘16657’ is ready to be driven anywhere and enjoyed immediately.