1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Oldtimer Australia is excited to announce the private sale of this extremely rare and highly desirable 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona.
This early plexi nose factory right hand drive UK market car has spent the majority of its life in Australia. It is now on its way to an excited new owner!
Of the circa 1,269 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytonas built it is understood that around 400 were built with the plexi nose. Only a very small number were factory right hand drive making this an exceptionally rare car.
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Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1939 out of Alfa Romeo’s race division as Auto Avio Costruzioni the company built its first car in 1940.
The Cavallino Rampate or ‘prancing horse’ was the symbol chosen by Ferrari and like the ‘golden arches’ it is recognised by just about every man, woman and child on the planet!
The Second World War halted Ferrari’s dream, which was finally realised in 1947, when the first car bearing his name, the Ferrari 125 S, was built. From that day on Ferrari race cars dominated the world over, winning race after race and many world championships in Formula One, sports car racing and endurance racing. Motor racing, even back in those days, was not a cheap business to be in and Ferrari needed to find ways to fund it. The answer was an obvious one. Enzo discovered there was a burgeoning demand for high powered grand tourers bearing his prancing horse badge. The lucrative profits from building these cars benefited the racing team. At the same time these GT cars would benefit from the racing program. The engines to be used were civilised versions of the engines which had proved themselves in racing. It also meant all Ferraris would share in a rich competition heritage which would make them even more special.
The 125 S evolved into the 166 Sport which was then adapted for road use and sold as the 166 Inter in the late 1940’s. The 166 was Ferrari’s first true GT car. It made its debut at the Paris motor show on 6th October 1949.
The Ferrari road cars from the 1940’s and early to mid-1950’s were built in very small numbers and it was not until the introduction of the 250 series cars that production numbers increased. Almost 1,000 Ferrari 250 GTE’s were built from 1959 – 1963. The 250 series also produced some of the most special Ferraris ever built, including the Ferrari 250 LM, 250 SWB, 250 California Spider and of course the 250 GTO.
The Ferrari 250 series cars built from 1953 through until 1964 really put Ferrari on the map. The race cars dominated on tracks all over the world and their road cars were without peer and very successful. Ferrari was on a roll and his clientele were the rich and famous.
The 250 series cars were superseded by the 275 series cars, the 330 series cars and later the 365 series cars. The nomenclature designated the cubic capacity of each cylinder. So, a Ferrari 365 was powered by a 12 cylinder engine of 4390cc capacity.
Without doubt one of the best cars ever to come from Maranello is the stunning Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona.
First shown at the 1968 Paris Auto Salon the Daytona was Ferrari’s replacement for the very successful 275 GTB/4.
The Daytona name was planned to be used by Enzo Ferrari for his latest Berlinetta in honour of his company’s great Victory and 1-2-3 finish at the Daytona 24 hour race in 1967. The name was supposedly leaked to the public which annoyed Ferrari so he formally dropped the Daytona name for the traditional Ferrari alpha numeric nomenclature. However, the name stuck and is now synonymous with the ultimate road going front engined V12 Ferrari.
In total just over 1,400 Daytonas were built from 1968 – 1973 of which it is understood 1,269 were coupes and 122 were convertibles.
The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona is one of the most beautiful cars ever built and is today highly sought after by Ferrari collectors and enthusiasts all over the world.
- Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona
- Two Door Coupe
- 69,451 miles