Photo: via Hemmings
The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” is frequently considered one of the last truly great front-engined GT cars made by the legendary Italian company.And this particular example is one of the rarest of the breed (via Hemmings).
The 365 GTB/4, which earned its nickname due to Ferrari’s 1-2-3 finish at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona, was the swan song for the top performance Ferrari’s front-engine layout.
Why? Because it was introduced just after the incredibly futuristic Lamborghini Miura, a mid-engined masterpiece. The Miura had its share of issues, like the front end lifting off the ground at high speeds, but danger like that didn’t stop it from becoming an object of affection around the world.
Even though Enzo Ferrari was steadfast in his belief that front-engined was the way to go, the Daytona’s replacement, the 365 Berlinetta Boxer, moved the engine to the middle.
During the production run of the Daytona, over 1,000 coupes were built but only about 120 of the Spider were made. Officially known as the 365 GTS/4, the Daytona Spider is frequently imitated but original, real cars are unbelievably rare.
The Daytona Spider also has film provenance. One was driven in the movie Gumball Rally and a black replica (based on a Corvette) appeared in Miami Vice.
This particular car has just over 7,000 miles that has been made available for sale for a mere $1.5 Million.
From the front, the Daytona is low and wide. Though they were heavy, the pop-up headlamps give it a sleek, aerodynamic look.
This side view shows the classic profile. A long hood and short rear overhang has been imitated in GT cars ever since.
This car features Borrani Wire Wheels, which give it a great touring look but are also a pain to keep clean.
The bodies were built specifically for the Spider by coachbuilder Scaglietti. These were built as bespoke cars, not just coupes with the roof cut off.
But with the top up, it is apparent that the Daytona was not originally designed with a convertible in mind. It's missing the classic fastback body style that made the coupe famous. This is one convertible that definitely looks better with the top down.
The 365 gets its name from the displacement of the cylinders in the engine; each displaces 365 cubic centimeters. The 365 was fast for its time as well. These cars had around 350 horsepower and could scoot to 60 mph in under six seconds.
The interior looks inviting, but there are a few issues. The seats were affixed to the floor and the backs couldn't be adjusted. The wheel didn't tilt and the steering and gear shift required could replace going to the gym; they were heavy and a workout.
On the plus side, it did have air conditioning and power windows. The classic gated shift was in a reverse pattern. This made 2nd gear and 3rd, as well as 4th and 5th, lineup easily to facilitate quicker shifts on the race track or around town.
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