1974 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 16873

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Lot 226
1974 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Berlinetta
Chassis no. 16873

Sold for CHF 458,884 (US$ 499,612) inc. premium
1974 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Berlinetta
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 16873
‘It’s a hard muscled thoroughbred, the Daytona - easily the most awesome and yet disciplined road-going Ferrari in that firm’s brilliant quarter century of existence. The Daytona isn’t fast – it’s blinding. It will eat up a quarter-mile of asphalt in 13.2 seconds at 110mph and scream out to 175mph - or it will slug through traffic at 1,500rpm with the Sunday manners of a FIAT. It is the perfect extension of its driver. You can cut and weave through shuffling traffic with the agility of a halfback, or lope down the freeway with the piece of mind that comes from knowing you can contend with anyone’s incompetence. To say, after you’ve driven it, that the Daytona is desirable doesn’t begin to sum up your feelings - you would sell your soul for it.’ - Car & Driver, January 1970.
Every Ferrari is, to a greater or lesser extent, a ‘landmark’ car, but few of Maranello’s road models have captured the imagination of Ferraristi like the 365GTB/4; the ‘Daytona’ name was unofficial, bestowed by the press in honour of Ferrari’s crushing victory at that circuit’s 24-Hour Race in 1967. Responding to the challenge from Lamborghini, Ferrari had introduced its first road-car V12 engine with four overhead camshafts on the preceding 275GTB/4 and this superior type of valvegear was retained for the Daytona. The latter’s engine though, was considerably enlarged, displacing 4.4 as opposed to 3.3 litres, in part to compensate for the Daytona’s increased weight but more importantly to guarantee Miura-beating performance; its 352bhp and 318lb/ft of torque ensuring that these targets were met. Dry-sump lubrication enabled the engine to be installed low in the multi-tubular chassis, which featured all-independent wishbone and coil-spring suspension first seen in the 275GTB, while a five-speed rear transaxle enabled 50/50 front/rear weight distribution to be achieved.
One of Pininfarina’s countless masterpieces, the influential shark-nosed body style combined muscularity and elegance in equal measure. An unusual feature of early Daytonas was a full-width transparent Plexiglas panel covering the headlamps, replaced by electrically operated pop-up lights towards the end of 1970. At the time of its introduction in 1968 the Daytona was the most expensive production Ferrari ever and, with a top speed in excess of 170mph was also the world’s fastest production car. Deliveries commenced in the second half of 1969 and the Daytona would be manufactured for just four years; not until the arrival of the 456GT in 1992 would Ferrari build anything like it again.
The example we offer here - chassis number ‘16873’ - is one of the final Daytona Coupés produced out of a total of approximately 1,400 (including 122 spyders) completed within the chassis number sequence ‘12301’ – ‘17615’. This car remained in its original owner’s possession from the time it was delivered new in Switzerland in June 1974 until August 2005, since when it has undergone extensive restoration at the hands of prominent marque specialists in Modena, Italy: Messrs Bacchelli & Villa being entrusted with the coachwork and Fratelli Luppi with the interior. Originally finished in yellow, the car has been repainted in ‘blue celeste’, an original period Ferrari colour, while other noteworthy features include new black leather upholstery and a stainless-steel exhaust system. Presented in wonderful condition, its renovation having been completed only this year, the car is offered with tool kit, Belgian EU duty paid registration papers and history file of service invoices.
1974 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 16873
1974 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 16873
1974 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 16873
1974 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 16873
1974 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Berlinetta  Chassis no. 16873
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