1967 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder
Original Daytona Coupe #4 Prototype
Left Hand Drive: EU Taxes Paid
It was at the Paris Auto Salon in 1968 that the new Ferrari 365 GTB/4 was first displayed. The successor to the 275 GTB/4, it was then the most expensive and fastest street Ferrari ever built. The prototype shown at the Paris Salon was designed and built by Pininfarina, and it is evident in the glorious lines. The Daytona, as it was to be known (in recognition of Ferrari’s one-two-three win at the 24-hour race the previous year), had aggressive, bold and yet handsome lines with the performance to match
When driving the Ferrari, one gets the feeling that it is strong, powerful, and bold. At 3600 plus pounds, it was the heaviest yet to come from the Ferrari drawing boards, although the weight does not seem to bother handling. The excellent horsepower and torque give the Daytona the aggressive performance to match its bold looks. As the last of the line of great front-engined V12 berlinettas, the Daytona holds a special appeal for Ferrari enthusiasts. In many ways, it is the most “macho” of the Ferraris and its popularity is reflected in the fact that the Daytona has become one of the most desirable Ferraris of all time.
Our car #11929 was the 4th Daytona prototype built and believed to be the first constructed by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. As a prototype, the chassis had elements of a 275 GTB/4, the first two cars featuring a 275 front-end. This car was quite unique as it was used for extensive testing and was the actual car to achieve 176 mph at Modena making it the fastest car in production at the time. It was also one of two cars presented at the Paris Auto Salon in 1968.
As with most Ferrari prototypes the car was gifted to a works driver and it was later converted to Spyder configuration, believed to be in the early ‘70’s. The car then spent the majority of its life in the USA and has been beautifully maintained including an engine rebuild in 2006. There is also a spares package with the car that would enable a conversion back to coupe variant.
An important piece of Ferrari and a car that deserves closer inspection at our central London showrooms.