The ultimate expression of Ferraris fabulous line of V12 front-engined sports cars, the 365GTB/4 debuted at the Paris Salon in 1968, soon gaining the unofficial name Daytona in honour of the sweeping 1-2-3 finish by the Ferrari 330P4 at that circuit in 1967. The influential shark-nosed styling was by Pininfarinas Leonardo Fioravanti, later the famed carrozzerias director of research and development, who later revealed that the Daytona was his favourite among the many Ferraris he designed. The bonnet, extending for almost half the cars 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 coachbuilders work for Maranello. An unusual feature of the show car was a full-width transparent grille panel behind which sat the headlamps, though this was replaced by electrically-operated pop-up lights to meet US requirements soon after the start of production in the second half of 1969. Although the prototype had been styled and built by Pininfarina in Turin, manufacture of the production version was entrusted to Ferraris subsidiary Scaglietti, in Modena. The Daytonas all-alloy, four-cam, V12 engine displaced 4,390cc and produced its maximum output of 352bhp at 7,500rpm, with 318lb/ft of torque available at 5,500 revs. 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 sports car. There was, however, servo assistance for the four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Air conditioning was optional, but elsewhere the Daytona remained uncompromisingly focussed on delivering nothing less than superlative high performance. With a top speed in excess of 170mph, the Daytona was the worlds fastest production car in its day, and surely is destined to occupy the front rank of high-performance sports cars for the foreseeable future. A mere 1,300 Berlinetta models and 123 Spyder convertibles had been made when Daytona production ceased in 1973. Right-hand drive chassis number 15055 was delivered new in March 1972 and acquired by the current owner in April 1995. The Daytona has enjoyed only five former keepers, the first of whom is understood to have been the Chairman of P&O, and has covered only 49,331 miles from new. 15055 has been maintained by marque specialists, Italia Autosport in Metham, West Yorkshire since acquisition and comes with full service history from 1995 onwards plus a substantial quantity of preceding bills, all of which are contained within a most substantial file of history. The cam chains were changed within the past 1,000 miles and the car is offered for sale having been re-commissioned in August 2008 by Italia Autosport following two years in heated storage. The latter period off the road had been occasioned by a serious injury sustained by the vendor, who has lost the use of one arm and thus is no longer able to drive his cherished Daytona, hence it is offered for sale. Finished in Sera Blue with matching leather interior, a welcome change from the almost universal rosso corsa/beige combination, the car has the desirable options of 9 rear wheels (shod with new Michelin XWX tyres), headrests, air conditioning and opening quarter lights, the latter a particularly rare feature. 15055 is presented in excellent condition and offered with its original dealer card, warranty card, owners wallet, instruction manual, tool kit and car cover an exceptionally complete inventory together with MoT to August 2009. There can be few better examples of this iconic Ferrari currently available.