The Earls Court Motor Show,1970 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Coupé  Chassis no. 13775 Engine no. 13775

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Lot 615
The Earls Court Motor Show,1970 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Coupé
Registration no. VNK 1J Chassis no. 13775 Engine no. 13775

£ 170,000 - 200,000
US$ 230,000 - 270,000
The Earls Court Motor Show
1970 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Coupé
Registration no. VNK 1J
Chassis no. 13775
Engine no. 13775

Footnotes

  • ‘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.
    Chassis number ‘13775’ is one of only 530 Series 1 365GTB/4 Daytonas built with the original’s definitive Plexiglas nose. This exceptional car is supplied with a virtually unbroken line of history from its original order by Rob Walker in November 1968 via Maranello Concessionaires. The latter’s records confirm that Daytona chassis number ‘13775’, together with Dino 246GT chassis number ‘01136’, were the 1970 Earls Court Motor Show cars, which is supported by a letter from the original owner’s family, contained within the fascinating history file.
    On 30th October 1970 the car was registered to Ralph David Ltd, of Potters Bar, Hertfordshire and in 1971 was sold to Hexagon of Highgate Ltd. Hexagon was noted for its contacts within the world of stage and screen, and the Daytona was bought by legendary T-Rex front man Marc Bolan and used by him and his wife, June Feld. Anthony Wolf Motors, of Northolt, Middlesex purchased the Daytona in 1973 and its next private owner was Terry Nichols. Between 1975 and 1987, the car formed part of the Yoshida collection in Japan. It returned to the UK in 1989 and since then has been owned by (respectively) Philip Spani (1989), Paul Vidler (1991) and Martin Dawson (1993) before coming into the vendor’s possession.
    While in the current ownership, the car has been the subject of a complete and thorough mechanical restoration, including a recent (September 2008) engine and gearbox rebuild by Rardley Motors at a cost in excess of £40,000. MoT’d until August 2009, the car is offered with FIVA passport, an original handbook and Motor Show official catalogue, Swansea V5 document and a comprehensive history file containing the original order and numerous service invoices and expired MoTs. A previous (2006) Tour of Spain competitor, this Daytona is also eligible for the Tour Auto and a wide variety of similarly prestigious events worldwide. Given its early Plexiglas specification, Motor Show status, celebrity associations, exceptional provenance and excellent driving characteristics, this Daytona stands head and shoulders above most other examples currently on the market.
The Earls Court Motor Show,1970 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Coupé  Chassis no. 13775 Engine no. 13775
The Earls Court Motor Show,1970 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Coupé  Chassis no. 13775 Engine no. 13775
The Earls Court Motor Show,1970 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Coupé  Chassis no. 13775 Engine no. 13775
The Earls Court Motor Show,1970 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Coupé  Chassis no. 13775 Engine no. 13775
The Earls Court Motor Show,1970 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Coupé  Chassis no. 13775 Engine no. 13775
The Earls Court Motor Show,1970 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Coupé  Chassis no. 13775 Engine no. 13775
The Earls Court Motor Show,1970 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Coupé  Chassis no. 13775 Engine no. 13775
The Earls Court Motor Show,1970 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Coupé  Chassis no. 13775 Engine no. 13775
The Earls Court Motor Show,1970 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Coupé  Chassis no. 13775 Engine no. 13775
The Earls Court Motor Show,1970 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Coupé  Chassis no. 13775 Engine no. 13775
The Earls Court Motor Show,1970 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Coupé  Chassis no. 13775 Engine no. 13775
The Earls Court Motor Show,1970 Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Coupé  Chassis no. 13775 Engine no. 13775
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