1973 Ferrari 365GBT/4 Daytona Berlinetta  Chassis no. 16823

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Lot 255
1973 Ferrari 365GBT/4 Daytona Berlinetta
Chassis no. 16823

€ 120,000 - 140,000
US$ 130,000 - 150,000
1973 Ferrari 365GBT/4 Daytona Berlinetta
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 16823
Ferrari recognized the gran turismo market was changing even as it transitioned to the 4-cam 275 GTB/4 in 1966. A traditional Ferrari gran turismo, despite its independent rear suspension, the 275 GTB/4 was Ferrari’s past. Its successor, the 365 GTB/4, was Ferrari’s future.

Introduced in 1968, the 365 GTB/4 took its name from Ferrari’s 1-2-3 finish at North America’s only 24-hour race. Despite being designed as a luxurious grand tourer, the Daytona earned its spurs on the race track, both in stock, steel-bodied, trim and in a few (probably 15) vaguely factory endorsed lightweight versions that were both fast and handy, challenging many sports-prototypes with both outright speed and reliability.

Nowhere was the departure from the historic thread of Ferrari berlinettas more clear, however, than in Pininfarina’s brilliant design for the 365 GTB/4’s body. It exaggerated even the 275 GTB/4’s long bonnet design while pushing the fastback greenhouse’s mass farther back on the Daytona’s 2400 mm wheelbase, ending in a tall truncated Kamm-style tail that made no secret of the Daytona’s focus upon its passengers, and its disregard for their luggage. The Daytona’s flanks were split vertically by a crease extending from the front marker lights straight back to the taillights, a feature which Pininfarina would employ for several future Ferrari generations and which created a stylistic link between the Daytona and its subsequent mid-engined progeny.

Highly developed in both gran turismo and racing form, the Daytona’s 4.4 litre dual overhead camshaft V12 breathed through a sextet of Weber 40DCN 2-throat carburetors with dry sump lubrication for both better reliability and a lower bonnet and centre of gravity. Suspension was independent by wishbones and coil springs at all four corners. The five-speed manual transmission was in unit with the differential and weight distribution was as close to 50-50 as reasonably possible. Rated power was 352 bhp at 7,500 rpm, sufficient to thrust Pininfarina’s slippery Daytona body at unprecedented speeds for a comprehensively-equipped GT car.

The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona berlinetta offered here was supplied new in August 1973 to Ferrarista Prince Sanguzsko in Paris and has since had three owners. While many Daytonas have been repainted in all-too-common Rosso Corsa, it is attractively presented in black with the original beige leather interior, a combination at once menacing to onlookers and inviting to occupants. It is also, aside from a repaint four years ago and a gearbox rebuild in the same timeframe, largely original, with some 40,000 km recorded on the odometer. It was acquired in Switzerland by the present owner in 1997 and has been maintained and preserved since, accumulating some 15,000 km in the intervening years. The original tool kit is included with this Daytona and it has factory-fitted air conditioning and alloy wheels. The present owner’s description of the engine is ‘excellent’, and the car has been maintained by a Ferrari specialist in Monaco since 1997.

This handsome Monaco registered Daytona has a current roadworthiness certificate and is ready for immediate use.

La Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta proposée ici a eu quatre propriétaires depuis sa sortie d'usine, le premier étant le célèbre Ferrarista le Prince Sanguzsko à Paris en août 1973. Alors que de nombreuses Daytona ont été repeintes en Rosso Corsa, celle-ci est présentée en noir, ce qui la rend très séduisante, avec son intérieur en cuir beige d’origine. Outre une nouvelle peinture effectuée il y a quatre ans et la refection de la boîte de vitesses, elle est originale, avec 40'000 km affichés au compteur selon le propriétaire. Elle a été acquise en Suisse en 1997 par le propriétaire actuel et a été entretenue depuis, accumulant quelque 15'000 km dans l'intervalle. La trousse à outils accompagne le véhicule qui possède par ailleurs une climatisation d'usine et des jantes en alliage. Le propriétaire la décrit comme étant en ‘très bon’ état d'origine, avec un moteur ‘excellent’. Son entretien est assuré depuis 1997 par un spécialiste Ferrari à Monaco, où elle est immatriculée.
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