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Ferrari Daytona: buying guide and review (1968-1973)

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There isn't much more to say about the way the Ferrari Daytona looks that hasn’t already been eulogised elsewhere. The 365 GTB/4 (or GTS/4 for cabriolet versions) – to give it its formal name – is a motoring icon in the truest sense: stunningly beautiful, rare and with even a little motorsport pedigree. The Pininfarina-designed, Scaglietti-crafted Daytona is considered one of the greatest front-engined V12 GTs the marque has ever produced. 
 
At its release in 1968, the Daytona was the fastest road car in the world. The 4.4-litre engine offered up 350bhp, enough for a 174mph-plus top speed – by comparison, the Lamborghini Miura maxxed out at 171mph. It had the chassis to cope with the power, too: fully-independent suspension offered impressive body control, while the transaxle gearbox sending drive to the rear helped to balance the weight distribution.
 
All of these attributes made it an ideal car for competition use. Though it never competed with the full factory backing of Ferrari, 15 racing examples were produced to be run by privateer teams. The high top speed paid dividends, particularly at Le Mans where Daytonas scooped class victories in three consecutive years from 1972-74.
 
As an ownership prospect, the Daytona should be reasonably easy to live with. Fitting its Grand Tourer brief to the letter, interior accommodation and boot space are more than adequate. By modern standards, the lack of power steering makes low speed manoeuvres quite a chore, though at higher speeds it lightens up nicely. Likewise, it is a little noisy inside, but it’s hardly a bad noise to have to put up with…
 
Which one to buy?
 
Over the course of the five year production run, a total of 1406 Daytonas were built: 1269 Berlinettas, 122 Spyders and 15 race-prepped cars. Right hand drive examples of both the Berlinetta (158 in total) and Spyder (seven) were produced. US-spec versions are subtly different to those sold in the rest of the world, as they feature a lower compression ratio and an exhaust silencer.
 
While Ferrari produced far fewer Spyders than Berlinettas, many coupes have since been converted. None of these conversions were performed by the original coachbuilder, and as a result the quality of the work might vary from one example to another. 
 
Racing examples vary based on the year in which they were built. Built in three batches of five, all three featured body panels crafted from aluminium and fibreglass, while the glass windows were replaced with plexiglass. The first five, produced in 1970/71, featured a standard 350bhp engine, while each subsequent year added 50bhp to the total output, resulting in 450hp for the ‘73 batch.  
 
Performance and spec
 
Engine 4390cc V12
Power 350bhp @7500rpm
Torque 318lb ft @ 5500rpm
Top speed 173mph
0-60mph 5.4secs
Fuel consumption approx 14mpg 
Gearbox Five-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2400mm
Length 4425mm
Width 1769mm
Height 1245mm
Weight 1280kg
 
Common problems
 
• If you’re searching for a Spyder that was originally converted from a Berlinetta, pay extra attention to the quality of the conversion. 

• Very few examples have matching numbers and all of the original documentation provided. Those that do will be worth the most.

• The gearbox needs to be treated with extra care until it is warmed up. Make sure it shifts through the gears smoothly once everything is up to temperature.

• Regardless of temperature, the steering and the clutch will feel very heavy, so this shouldn’t be a worry (at least from a financial point of view).

• Most Daytonas will have been subject to at least one restoration throughout its life, so pay close attention to the paintwork and all the body panels. Unless you are planning to restore the car again, it pays to scrutinise the quality of the previous work.

• Engine work can be very expensive, so you should make sure that it is given a full health check by a specialist before you buy. 

• It can cost a surprising amount of money to return a Daytona to full factory specification, so finding a car with the correct interior, original seats, factory toolkit and handbook is worthwhile. Dashboards are generally hard wearing, but have been known to suffer if left out in the sun for many years. 
 
Model history
 
Oct 1968: Revealed at Paris Auto Salon
1969: 365 GTS/4 introduced
1970-71: First five lightweight racing versions produced for customers
1972: Second batch racing models produced. Power output raised to approximately 400bhp
1973: Final batch of racing variants sold. Power output raised to approximately 450bhp
1973: Production run ends. 1406 produced
 
Key clubs and websites
 
• www.ferrariownersclub.co.uk – An international club based in the UK for all things Ferrari
• www.superformance.co.uk – Ferrari parts specialists
• www.talacrest.com – Classic Ferrari specialist and dealer based in Berkshire
• www.clubscuderia.co.uk - International forum for Ferrari owners and enthusiasts
 
Summary and prices
 
With a total of only 122 produced (only seven of which were right-hand drive), Spyders command the highest values. The most immaculate genuine Spyders are advertised at over £2,000,000. In 2014, TV and radio presenter Chris Evans paid £2.27million for a Spyder – a record fee for a Daytona.
 
Auction values for the Berlinetta have seen a steady rise from 2010. In 2015, Bonhams and RM Auctions each sold a coupe in the US for £492,000 and £502,000 respectively, Cars held by UK dealers are priced a little higher, with both Berlinettas and Spyder conversions advertised at around the £750,000 mark.

Words: Alex Ingram
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Last updated: 15th Oct 2015
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  • Ferrari Daytona

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    Known as the Daytona after Ferrari took 1,2 & 3 in 1967 race, the Pininfarina designed 365 GTB/4 once more wowed the press at its Paris Salon launch in 1968. Its sonorous V12 engine and short tail styling made the car driveable and desirable in one. Only 1,300 Daytonas were produced, of which as few as 158 were UK RHD cars. Furthermore this car is one of only six UK cars produced in this colour scheme….making it a rare Prancing Horse. Maranello Concessionaires fitted the extra boot badge and side lights at delivery. Originally ordered for Mr Stewart of Glasgow, this lovely example was then owned for over 30 years by Mike Sandford, connected to the Maserati importers at the time, and driven sparingly until Iain Tyrrell bought it for the first time with 19,000 miles. At CCC it is truly an 'old friend' as we sold this car in 2005, 2006 and then 2012. After returning it to Blu Chiaro Metallizzato and a mechanical overhaul, including fitment of discreet switchable electric power steering, it was driven in the exclusive Italia Classica event in Italy by the previous owner. Complete with Ferrari Classiche Red Book, original leather wallet and service books, tool roll, factory order correspondence and huge history file with every MOT, together with numerous copy invoices including a replacement exhaust system in 2012 and recent service in January 2016 at specialists Bob Houghton. A rare opportunity to purchase such a low mileage/low owner RHD Daytona in superb condition throughout.

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  • Ferrari Daytona

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    Pristine condition, highly desirable It is believed that less than 15 of the 158 Daytonas supplied new in the UK were supplied in this car's colour. It is stunning in its original Argento (silver) and still has a beautiful Connolly interior finished to original colour VM3015 (blue with black Daytona stripes). This car is well known to us, as it was sold to the present owner after we completed a full engine overhaul in our workshop, using an original old-stock set of brand-new factory oversize Borgo Daytona pistons, and having individually bored and honed each cylinder liner to suit. This ensures absolutely correct running clearances and balance. The original and fragile sodium-cooled exhaust valves have been replaced by an unleaded conversion set made of modern, high specification material. This is an essential preventative upgrade for all Ferrari engines of this period. The interior was also sympathetically refurbished by our ex-Connolly craftsman and looks virtually new (it is hard to find leather now of the quality Connolly originally presented and to find original period leather of this quality in a Daytona today is very rare indeed). The dashboard was re-covered in its original expensive "mousehair", and still looks like new. We have also recently fitted electric power steering, which greatly improves low speed manoeuvrability. The car has covered 36,000 miles from new, with a history including over 20 MOT certificates (from the very first one in 1975) and the original factory order form. This car is highly desirable, almost certainly one of the best on the market, a lovely thing to behold and drive, and a first class investment opportunity.

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