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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 14th – 16th, 2014 at Russo and Steele’s 14th Annual Monterey California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Unveiled in Paris during 1968, Ferrari’s new 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta earned its unofficial “Daytona” name while still in prototype form, when Ferrari completed a stunning podium sweep in the famous 24-hour race there in 1967. Now, as when new, the 365 GTB/4 remains the ultimate expression of the classic front-engine V-12 Ferrari GT concept, with its lean and aggressive body design universally acknowledged as one of Pininfarina’s finest. Early models had full-width Plexiglas headlight covers, but stricter US regulations gave rise to the covered, pop-up arrangement fitted to all Daytonas from 1970 forward.
The Daytona was hailed at introduction as the fastest production sports car in the world, with a factory-claimed top speed of 174 mph courtesy of its 352-hp, 4.4-liter V-12 engine. Road & Track’s Dean Batchelor photographed an indicated 180 mph at the wheel of one at 7,000 rpm and even when the speed was calculated and corrected later, it still worked out to a “true” 173 mph. One of the first reports on the Daytona was penned by Le Mans-winning driver and journalist Paul Frère, who reportedly hit 176 mph in 1969. He also extolled the Daytona’s impressive total experience, characterizing it a “Grand Touring car par excellence.”
Daytonas acquitted themselves very well in competition as well despite their Grand Touring mission, winning the Tour de France in 1972, their class at Le Mans in 1973 and 1974, and their class at Daytona in 1973 and 1975. Finally, long after Daytona production had ceased, a 1973 365 GTB/4 finished second overall at Daytona in 1979 with John Morton and Tony Adamowicz co-driving.
Numbered 16565, this example from 1972 has been driven only slightly more than 42,000 miles. The Daytona was acquired by the consignor in May 2008 and its restoration commenced late that year. Over the next two years, this original Sky Blue on black example was handsomely refinished in demanding black paintwork by Stuart’s Paint & Body Shop, complemented by tan upholstery by Tin Lizzie Affair. Mechanical work was completed by Boardwalk Ferrari in Plano, Texas. Best of all, 16565 has undergone the rigorous Ferrari Classiche certification process and it is offered complete with the original specifications and certification book from Ferrari Classiche. An unqualified tour de force on all possible levels, 16565 will capably anchor any serious collection of the finest automobiles – bar none – ever conceived and built.