The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 wasn’t called the Daytona on the cover of the October 1970 Road & Track magazine; it was called “Our Fastest Road Test Car.” The 365 GTB/4 was immediately recognized as being special in the realm of exotic automobiles. There are many reasons that the Ferrari “Daytona” is still exalted 45 years later and commands attention whenever they come to life at a warming idle to the sheer power experienced when grabbing fifth gear at 7,500-rpms on your way to the advertised 180-mph top speed.
Such one specimen, appropriately presented in red with black leather interior will be offered by Auctions America on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at its Fort Lauderdale sale.
This rousing Ferrari Daytona exhibits all of the traits that set it apart; the displayed mileage is approximately 76,000 and actual. The dash has analog Veglia instruments to monitor the car’s systems and has non-glare suede covering per factory specs. Among the amenities are air conditioning, Becker Mexico AM/FM/cassette, power windows, power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes, Borrani wire wheels with knock-offs and Michelin XWX tires. Always a welcome addition to any Ferrari is its original books and toolkit, as found within this machine.
This is an automotive tour de force that no matter what use it is put to – the only limitations are the driver’s abilities. With the Ferrari 365 GTB/4, the era of front engine V-12s had drawn to a close; therefore the Daytona will forever be placed in history as the culminating point of a style; the last and most beautiful masterpiece in a line of cars doomed to extinction by the march of progress. The car is estimated to bring $675,000 – $725,000.