1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta
Coachwork by Scaglietti
Chassis no. 15173
4,390cc, DOHC, 325bhp V12
Five-speed manual transmission
Original US car with air conditioning from new
Long-term California car
The ultimate expression of Ferrari's fabulous line of V12 front-engined sports cars, 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 later 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. 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 Ferrari's subsidiary Scaglietti, in Modena.
The Daytona's 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 focused on delivering nothing less than superlative high performance.
With a top speed in excess of 170mph, the Daytona was the world's 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.
As new the Daytona coupe was supplied in a rare livery combination of Grigio Ferro, and as such was one of only 21 cars to have been delivered in this guise, with a Nero black interior. The car was built for the US market, and was so equipped with air-conditioning, power windows and of course an odometer in miles. Completed at the factory on May 29, 1972, within the month the car was delivered to Chinetti-Garthwaite Inc. of Pennsylvania.
By June 1975 the car was for sale with Randy Smith of High Point, North Carolina, and passed through dealers FAF Motorcars of Tucker, Georgia to Spencer Folsom of nearby Pine Mountain. From Folsom the car passed to C. Lynn Abel of Atlanta. Abel advertised the car that summer in the Ferrari Club of America newsletter where it appears to have been described as supplied new, still with grey/black paint/interior. It had covered 29,000 miles according to the ad and wore new Michelins on magnesium wheels. In June '76 Abel showed the car at the FCA Regional at Stouffer's Pine Island Resort in Georgia.
Within the next two years the car crossed the country to spend most of the next three decades on the west coast. Advertised by Ferrari of Los Gatos, California in May and June 1978, by this point it had gained the wire wheels it still currently wears. In the late 1980s the car underwent a thorough restoration, which saw the paint scheme change to the Giallo Fly that it has worn to this day.
The car subsequently changed hands in 1989, sold to noted collector Tom Price, owner of the most coveted of all Ferraris: a 250 GTO. Properly maintained in his ownership, the Ferrari remained there until 2005, when it spent a little over a year in the next owners custody before being acquired by the Oldenburg Family just after Pebble Beach week.
Over the course of the last 6 or so years, the Daytona has been thoroughly, all the while being maintained in house. The benefit of its simple and known chain of owners is that its modest 47,000 mile odometer reading is almost certainly from new, something few cars of similarity can attest to. With its striking livery, known history and desirable specification including air-conditioning and wires, this is a great example of the legendary Daytona.
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