Sold for $600,000
- Dry sump 4.4-liter, 350-hp V-12 engine with six Weber carbs
- Five-speed manual transaxle
- Rare European model with clear headlight cover
- Restored within last few years
- Recently freshened
- Massini report accompanies car
- Factory air conditioning
- Known ownership history
- Very correct overall with solid driving performance
- Only 1,284 built from 1968-1974
- Fastest production car in world when new
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 four-wheel disc brakes, optional air conditioning, and a leather interior with luxurious Connolly hides.
According to the accompanying Massini report, chassis 13183 was completed on February 5, 1970 with Scallietti body #123 and assembly #124; it’s an outstanding example that was delivered new to dealer Romeo Pedini in Italy. It was originally finished in Code 20-R-190 Rosso Chiaro with a Code VM 8500 Nero 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. Chassis number 13183 is known to have been first purchased by a gentleman named Mr. Rossi later in February of ’70; he also possessed an ungiven Italian address. In the late 1970s, the 365 GTB/4 was exported to the United States, and the next owner listed is Avi R. Brand of Woodbury, New York; the car was then sold in 1982 to an undisclosed owner.
Nineteen ninety-four found the Daytona listed for sale by Graham Cox of Hallandale, Florida and later, Motorcars International in Springfield, Missouri. The Ferrari was described as red with a tan interior, Plexiglas headlight cover, same owner since 1982, Borrani wire wheels, factory air conditioning and 38,409 “miles.” The next recorded stop was when Symbolic Motor Car Company in La Jolla, California labelled the machine as “red with black interior, very early car, original ‘perspex’ headlights.”
In its current form, the Ferrari is reported to have been restored a “few years ago” and has received a cosmetic freshening within the last months. Fitted with knock-off Cromodora alloy wheels, Michelin XWX tires, bucket seats, radio, air conditioning and power windows; chassis 13183 is further described as being very correct overall and with its solid driving performance, would be a pleasing car for regional shows or to simply drive and enjoy; as the Ferrari has always been intended.
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 to the rising trend of mid-engine “supercars” with the Berlinetta Boxer and Testarossa, the classic Ferrari formula of a forward-placed V-12 continues to show its appeal in Ferrari’s current road models.
Four decades after its debut, however, the 365 GTB/4 Daytona still maintains its glorious status among the sports car elite and is a cultural icon in its own right. It is commonly recorded that through the Daytona’s 1968 to 1974 production run, a very modest 1,284 examples were built, making each Daytona a very special machine. The European-spec cars have just an extra touch with their distinctively clear alternative to the handsome pop-up American headlights.