1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta
Coachwork by Scaglietti - Design by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 14233
Engine no. B806
4,390cc DOHC V12 Engine
352bhp at 7,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Superb example of Ferrari's excellent Daytona
*Known California ownership history
*FCA Platinum Award winning
*Researched by Marcel Massini and with Ferrari issued Heritage Certificate
*Offered with substantial history and service file, books and tools
The Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona
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.
The Motorcar Offered
According to the history report provided by noted Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this stellar 365GTB/4 was completed at the Maranello works on April 13, 1971. It wore Rosso Chiaro red paint and was fitted with a black Connolly leather interior; a left hand drive example, it was fitted with Cromodora alloy wheels, optioned with air conditioning and power windows, and destined for the US market.
The Daytona shipped to Western Ferrari Distributor William Harrah and his famed Modern Classic Motors located in Reno, Nevada. It then traveled further west, to Santa Monica based Ferrari dealer Francisco Mir. Shortly thereafter, that same year, the car was sold to its first owner, United Airlines Flight Captain Sam Bloomfield of Palm Springs, California.
Mr. Bloomfield would sell the car onto another California resident, Edward Gaylord, an engineer whose father had invented the bobby pin hair clip years before. With about 15,000 miles on the odometer, the car found its third Californian owner in August 1984, Don Triolo of Gilroy, California. Mr. Triolo was surely very happy with his well preserved and largely original Ferrari, and understood the collectability of this thoroughbred Italian GT. Wanting to have the Daytona in pristine order, new factory carpets were installed, and the sliver nose band seen on the car today, a typical feature on mid-production Daytonas, was painted to hide stone chips in the original paint. An avid Ferrari Club of America member, Triolo would enter his Daytona in several Ferrari Concours during his 14-year ownership.
In 1998, the Daytona was sold to its fourth owner, B. Kevin Kelly of San Francisco, California, before passing to Kevin Romak of Orinda, California, who showed the car at the 2000 Concorso Italiano. By 2002 the Daytona was owned by Paul Schwartz. Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz, also California residents, would continue showing the low mile, extremely well-kept Daytona at prominent Concours such as the Hillsborough Concours d'Elegance, the Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance, the Cavallino Classic in Palm Beach, Florida and the Ferrari Club of America national meet. Many high scores were achieved at all these venues, topped with 99.5 out of 100 at the Cavallino Classic and tallying a total of no less than three FCA Platinum Awards.
Today, with less than 29,000 original and documented miles since new, this extraordinarily well preserved and very original Daytona presents incredibly well. Still finished in the original color ofRosso Chiaro, this car has always enjoyed owners who treated it with respect. The panel fit is excellent throughout, and the paintwork presents beautifully. Glass and brightwork also presents to show standards, and the original Cromodora wheels, now refurbished, are shod with correct Michelin XWX tires. Most of the car's interior panels are still original and in excellent, platinum winning condition, nicely accented by the gray carpets. The engine compartment one is very clean and correct, with rarely seen original components such as the Dinoplex ignition boxes and smog equipment still in place.
With a large history file containing an abundance of service records testifying to regular devoted maintenance since new, this is a no-stories Daytona that has been treated well during its lifetime. Accompanied by Marcel Massini's history report, a Certificato di Identificazione (Heritage Certificate), service and maintenance records, and a set of original books and tools, this is surely one of the best Daytonas on the market anywhere today.