<b>1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta</b><br />Chassis no. 14417<br />Engine no. 251
Lot 83
1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Sold for US$ 511,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
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1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 14417
Engine no. 251

4,390cc DOHC V-12 Type 251 Engine
Six Weber 40DCN20 carburetors
352 hp at 7,500 rpm
Five-speed manual transaxle gearbox
Four-wheel independent suspension, double wishbones
Four-wheel disc brakes

*A two-owner car that remained with its original owner for 39 years
*Presented in unrestored condition
*Last top-flight Ferrari of its era
*Offered with original purchase documents, owner's manual, chassis service manual and technical information manual
*A 1971 model built to U.S. specifications, with pop-up headlights


THE 365 GTB/4 DAYTONA

Some cars become legends because they're the first of their kind, while some cars gain in esteem as the last of a line. Others, like the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 "Daytona" Berlinetta, become classics because they're both, marrying modernity to tradition and offering enthusiasts the best of both worlds.

When it was time to replace the 275 GTB/4 introduced in 1966, Enzo Ferrari chose to retain that car's traditional front-engine, rear-drive layout, as well as the Giaocchino Colombo-designed V12 engine that had appeared under the hood of nearly every Ferrari built since 1947's 125 S. For his newest top-flight Gran Turismo, however, Ferrari increased the engine's displacement from 3,286cc to a massive 4,390cc, which in turn bumped output from 300 to 352 horsepower and enabled the car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 174 mph.

Those figures alone would have made the 365 GTB/4 a legend among high-performance sports cars, but Enzo ensured the car's enduring status by cloaking it in sleek, ultra-modern sheet metal designed by Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina. Fioravanti had studied mechanical engineering and aerodynamics at the Milan Polytechnic before joining Pininfarina in 1964, and he was just 30 years old when the 365 GTB/4 was introduced.

Though he's also credited with the more sensuously curvaceous Dino 206 GT, Fioravanti is most closely associated with the aggressive wedge shapes that made their debut on the 365 GTB/4, and which would define Ferrari for a generation. Fioravanti's new car debuted to great acclaim at the 1968 Paris auto salon, its hyper-masculine looks giving perfect expression to its incredible specifications. Indeed, the automotive media were so smitten that they dubbed the car the "Daytona" in honor of Ferrari's success in the 24-hour Florida classic the year before, when Ferrari had swept the podium with a trio of prototypes. The "Daytona" nickname stuck even though the 365 GTB/4 hadn't yet been created, and even today it's more familiar to enthusiasts than the car's official nomenclature.

Soon enough, the 365 GTB/4 would acquire a solid competition history of its own, sweeping the top five positions at the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans and following with class wins in 1973 and 1974. As befitting the car's unofficial Daytona model name, the car finished second overall and won its GT+ 2.0 class at the 1973 24 Hours of Daytona, and scored a Group 4 class win in 1975. So potent was the model that it finished second at Daytona in 1979, a full six years after production ended.

Fifteen racing examples were produced, the first five of which were delivered to Luigi Chinetti's North American Racing Team in 1971 with aluminum bodies and slightly flared fenders to accommodate wider wheels.

The car's racing success ensured its credibility among enthusiasts, but just as important was its cutting-edge performance on the road, married to its traditional appeal as a front-engine, rear-drive Ferrari. Enzo Ferrari stuck with this configuration after other manufacturers had switched to mid-engine designs, believing that ordinary road drivers would be unable to handle a high-horsepower sports car with a mid-engined car's trickier handling. The front-engine design also made the 365 GTB/4 a viable competitor to American muscle cars in the U.S. market, where its success was crucial to Ferrari's viability.

By the time the 365 GTB/4 was replaced by the 512 Berlinetta Boxer in 1973, Enzo had relented. The Daytona's successor would have its engine mounted amidships, and it would break further with Ferrari tradition by using a new opposed-cylinder "boxer" engine rather than a 60° V12. That car was never sold in the U.S., however, this country's increasingly stringent emissions requirements prohibiting any Ferrari V12 from being sold here until the Testarossa finally achieved legality in 1984.

The Daytona was also the last new car created before FIAT took over Ferrari's road car production in 1969, having acquired a 40-percent stake in Enzo's company. Upon his death, FIAT would assume another 49 percent of outstanding shares, absorbing the tiny company started by Enzo Ferrari just after World War II into the giant Milanese conglomerate.

Ferrari built 1,284 examples of the 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta from 1968 to 1973, but even that relatively high (among Ferraris) production figure fails to diminish the car's appeal to enthusiasts and collectors. The 365 GTB/4 was indeed the last of its breed, and its close association with Ferrari's founder only adds to the allure of what is by any measure a seminal sports car, one of the very fastest, highest-performing cars of its era.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Having remained with its original owner for 39 years, this 365 GTB/4 Daytona is a stunningly preserved example of the breed. A U.S. model, chassis no. 14417 features the pop-up headlights that replaced the original Plexiglas-covered lights that were prohibited by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 1971.

In April 1971, the car was ordered by Jack May of Gainesville, Florida. A 35-year-old real estate developer, May had just undergone successful surgery to remove a life-threatening thyroid tumor when he decided to fulfill his dream of owning a Ferrari. A lifelong car enthusiast, May telephoned the Kirk White dealership in Miami and told salesman Howard Sheronas that he wanted to purchase a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 just like the one he'd seen in Road&Track magazine: painted Ferrari red (Rosso Ferrari) over a black and red leather interior, with center-lock mag wheels, no air conditioning and no radio. He wanted to pick it up at the factory in Maranello and drive it around Europe before shipping it home to Florida.

After determining that such a car could be made available, Sheronas called May back with the details, requesting an initial deposit of $1,500 followed by a second deposit of $5,000 in June, with the balance of the car's $16,750 price due upon delivery on September 1, 1971.

According to the report from Marcel Massini, this Daytona was number 523 in assembly sequence and its Scaglietti body was number 530. Ferrari completed the car in Maranello on July 27, 1971. All went according to plan, the order placed by the Kirk White dealership through distributor Algar Ferrari in Philadelphia and importer Luigi Chinetti in New York. On September 2, 1971, May took possession of red Ferrari Daytona 14417 with the number plate EE 60050, which it wears to this day. It was the first of three Ferraris that May would own, and he kept it in immaculate condition while enjoying it for 39 years before selling it to its current owner.

As built to May's request, 14417 features its original coat of Rosso Ferrari paint along with its original upholstery in black leather with red seat inserts, which replaced the natural brown leather that was standard on most red Ferraris. The car retains its original sales documents as well as the owner's manual, chassis service manual and technical information manual that came with the car from the factory. It is also being sold with a car cover, spare tire, spare bulbs and the factory Daytona air pump.

In largely exquisite unmolested condition, this Ferrari 365 GTB/4 is one of very few unrestored Daytonas remaining as well as one of the finest examples to be found anywhere. Chassis no. 14417 is equally at home on the road or the show field, and it would undoubtedly draw ecstatic review at vintage events worldwide while never failing to thrill its driver whenever its 4.4-liter V12 engine is fired.

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