1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta


1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta
Coachwork by Scaglietti – Design by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 14045
Engine no. B 820

4,390cc DOHC V12 Engine
6 Weber Carburetors
352bhp at 7,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Displayed when new at the 1971 Chicago Auto Show
*US delivery Daytona ordered through Chinetti Motors
*Delivered new in striking Rosso Cordoba Metallizzato over Beige and Black interior
*Low mileage, well kept example
*Equipped with air conditioning and power windows


Perhaps the ultimate 12-cylinder front-engined Ferrari GT, the 365GTB/4 debuted at the Paris Salon in 1968, soon after gaining the unofficial name 'Daytona' in honor of the sweeping 1-2-3 finish by the Ferrari 330P4 at that circuit in 1967. The influential shark-nosed styling was by Pininfarina's Leonardo Fioravanti, later the famed carrozzeria's director of research and development, who once revealed that the Daytona was his favorite among the many Ferraris he designed. The bonnet, extending for almost half the car's total length, was complimented by a small cabin and short tail; the overall effect suggesting muscular horsepower while retaining all the elegance associated with the Italian coachbuilder's work for Maranello. Although the prototype had been styled and built by Pininfarina in Turin, manufacture of the production version was entrusted to Ferrari's subsidiary, carrozzeria Scaglietti, in Modena.

The Daytona's all-alloy, four-cam, V12 engine displaced 4,390cc and produced its maximum output of 352bhp at a hefty 7,500rpm, with 318lb/ft of torque available at 5,500 rpm. Dry-sump lubrication enabled it to be installed low in the oval-tube chassis, while shifting the gearbox to the rear in the form of a five-speed transaxle meant 50/50 weight distribution could be achieved. The all-independent wishbone and coil-spring suspension was a recent development, having originated in the preceding 275GTB. Unlike the contemporary 365GTC/4, the Daytona was not available with power steering, a feature then deemed inappropriate for a 'real' high performance GT. Air conditioning and power windows were optional, but elsewhere the Daytona remained uncompromisingly focused on delivering superlative high performance.

With a top speed in excess of 170mph, the Daytona was the world's fastest production car in its day. Fewer than 1,300 Berlinetta models and 123 Spiders had been made when Daytona production ceased in 1973.


Ordered in December of 1970, this sporting Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona was built for the US market, and delivered new through legendary importer Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut in early 1971, in time to be displayed at the annual Chicago Auto Show. The new Daytona had received its final assembly at Maranello in January of 1971, and was finished in the elegant dark maroon metallic Rosso Cordoba Metallizzato over a beige interior with black leather inserts on the seats. Surely the striking new Daytona drew quite a crowd there on display in Chicago.

It remains unclear for how long the Ferrari remained in the first owner's possession, but by 1982 the car had moved further East, where it was offered for sale in New York. The Daytona is described to have been a low mileage car at this point, but with the exterior color changed to black. By 1990, the Daytona was in California, where Westlake Village Ferrari enthusiast Jack Kasarjian owned it. At this time, the Daytona is reported to have received a restoration, and an indicated mileage of 29,000 miles was reported. Later on in in 1990, the car was seen for sale at Santa Monica Sports Cars in Santa Monica, California.

In the spring of 1994, Symbolic Motor Cars of San Diego, California purchased the Daytona with just over 31,000 miles on the odometer; they in turn sold it to Ferrari of Los Gatos. In 1998, the red Daytona joined the prominent collection of Yarrow Point, Washington collector Glenn Hart. Mr. Hart would keep the Daytona until 2010, when a prominent Southern California Ferrari collector and enthusiast purchased it. It was subsequently sold to a new owner.

Today, this powerful, US-delivered 365 GTB/4 Daytona presents beautifully inside and out, and the indicated mileage of just over 36,000 miles is believed the be the car's actual mileage since new. The Rosso Corsa red paint is in great shape, and emphasizes the aesthetic beauty of this elegant grand tourer. The Daytona has received devoted service and maintenance since the restoration was performed.

This is a fantastic opportunity to own the former 1971 Chicago Auto Show 365 GTB/4 Daytona, a car that is well documented, and with an exciting original livery to one day return it to. Symbolizing arguably the pinnacle of the vintage Ferrari grand touring car, the Daytona is well known for its ability to devour thousands of miles of motorway each day in supreme comfort and at speeds many new cars would still struggle to match. Equipped with power windows and air conditioning, this Daytona comes with a history file and tools.

The 1971 Chicago Auto Show Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona offers eligibility potential to many exciting vintage rallies around the world, such as Arizona's own Copperstate 1000, or perhaps the Tour Auto in France. A Ferrari with an excellent pedigree, this Daytona will always stand out from the crowd, and represents everything that is exciting about road cars of its era.

Source Bonhams Auction, January 15, 2015


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