1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta by Scaglietti
€625,000 EUR | Asking
| Tilburg, Netherlands
- Attractive late-production example built to European market specification and delivered new to Switzerland
- Ferrari Classiche “Red Book”-certified in March 2006
- Finished in its factory-correct shade of Rosso Chiaro, complemented by a beige leather interior
- Accompanied by leather pouch containing 365 GTB/4 owner’s manual and tool roll
Compared to the curved and sensual lines of the Ferrari 275 GTB/4—the outgoing model that the 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta replaced—the newer car was sculpted with a more angular shape and aggressive styling. First revealed at the 1968 Paris Salon, the 365 GTB/4 retained the classic, two-seater berlinetta proportions of its predecessor, a familial link underpinned by a continuation of the Tipo 605 tubular steel chassis. From its earliest days in public view, the 365 GTB/4’s styling was well received and soon adored by automotive enthusiasts and Ferrari fans alike. Though never confirmed by the Maranello factory, the car earned the “Daytona” nickname in celebration of Ferrari’s iconic 1-2-3 finish at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona, one of motorsport’s most significant events.
A powerful grand tourer, the 365 GTB/4 is propelled by a 4.4-litre dual-overhead camshaft V-12, a development of the legendary “Colombo” engine fed by six Weber carburettors. Factory figures rate the Daytona’s performance at 352 brake horsepower and 315 ft lb of torque and capable of reaching 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds, an impressive feat of engineering for its era. The Daytona could accelerate to a top speed of 174 mph, just edging out its contemporary Italian rival, the Lamborghini Miura, by three miles per hour—while also taking the accolade for fastest production car in the world at the time.
Completed by the factory in March 1973, this example was built for the European market and is noted to have been delivered new to the official Ferrari importer for Switzerland, Société Anonyme pour la Vente des Automobiles Ferrari (SAVAF), and delivered to its first owner, Mr. Bellevue of Geneva, soon after. In 1975, the 365 GTB/4 was acquired by its second owner in Portugal and a year later, it moved to Sweden under the ownership of several keepers until 1983, when the car was exported to the U.S.A. and registered in Virginia.
In 1986, the serial Ferrari collector Mr. Stanley Cohen, of Windsor, Connecticut, bought the car and it is thought that under his ownership, the interior was retrimmed with the beige leather upholstery and black seat inserts that can be seen today. The car subsequently passed to noted collector Herb Chambers of Somerville, Massachusetts and later an owner in Providence, Rhode Island.
By 2004, the 365 GTB/4 was acquired by its most recent long-term owner, who would retain the Ferrari for the next 16 years. In this ownership spell, the car gained Ferrari Classiche certification in March 2006 and the accompanying “Red Book” issued states that the serial numbers listed for the body, chassis and engine were recognised to match factory records, while the gearbox is of the correct type. In addition to the Ferrari Classiche “Red Book”, the car is presented for sale with many accompanying accoutrements that one would hope for in a Daytona, including a 365 GTB/4 owner’s manual and assorted books, a well-documented history file, and a leather tool roll. The odometer shows just 24,321 km at the time of cataloguing.
With its slender-yet-powerful stance, the 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta cuts an imposing shape. The impressive front-mounted V-12 “Colombo” engine is the perfect match for the car’s attractive looks; combining to deliver both power and comfort within a famous model from Maranello that effortlessly blends the attributes of an acclaimed sports car and a grand tourer for the ultimate Ferrari package. Finished in the timeless colour combination of Rosso Chiaro over beige Daytona seats, this 365 GTB/4 will fit beautifully into any Ferrari collection.