1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475

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1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta
Coachwork by Pininfarina Chassis no. 14475

Sold for € 828,000 (US$ 940,773) inc. premium
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 14475
*Massini report on file
*Mechanicals, bodywork and interior restored in 2006
*Matching numbers engine rebuilt in 2010
*Fitted with desirable Borrani wire wheels

'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 valve gear 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 '14475' was manufactured in September 1971 to US market specification and delivered new to Yonge Steeles Motors in Toronto, Canada, at which time it was finished in Dino Blue with beige interior. Its ownership is not known, but the Ferrari was subsequently exported from Canada to Belgium where it was advertised for sale by Sport Auto in July 1991. In 2000 the Daytona found a new owner in Germany where it was maintained by Nürnberg Ferrari agents Neuser, who carried out a rebuild of engine, gearbox, transaxle and chassis in September 2001. It was owned subsequently by a Dr Walter Leuthaüsel in Germany.

In 2006 the Ferrari changed hands again and was consigned to M Schürer in Munich where the mechanicals and bodywork were fully restored and the car repainted in its original factory colour. The interior was renewed by the renowned specialist Luppi in Modena. In 2010 the Daytona was sold to a European collector and the engine rebuilt once again. Well known Swiss marque specialist Edi Wyss thoroughly detailed the car in 2012, after which it was sold to the current owner, a Munich-based collector. Covered entirely with protective foil, this matching numbers Ferrari looks perfect and drives equally well. A stainless steel exhaust and Borrani wire wheels are noteworthy features. Accompanying documentation consists of a Massini Report, German registration papers and TüV.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the car is presently sealed with a protective plastic coating which can be removed. The paintwork beneath is as new. Veuillez noter qu'un film de protection recouvre la voiture et qu'il peut être enlevé. La peinture sous le film est comme neuve.
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1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
1971 Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Berlinetta  Chassis no. 14475
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