A dramatic departure from the outgoing 275 GTB, Ferrari’s new 365 GTB/4 berlinetta took the world by storm at the 1968 Paris Salon where it was first shown to the public. Angular and aggressive compared to the more voluptuous 275 GTB, the 365 GTB/4 stayed true to Ferrari’s formula of front-engine V-12 grand tourers with amazing performance, while many manufacturers were experimenting with mid-engine designs at the time.
With 352 bhp on tap, the 365 GTB/4 certainly did not disappoint. It could sprint to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds on its way to an incredible top speed of 174 mph. This was faster than Lamborghini’s Miura P400, making this new Ferrari the fastest production car in the world at the time. Considering its exceptional performance and in celebration of Ferrari’s historic 1-2-3 finish at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona, the 365 GTB/4 quickly earned the nickname ‘Daytona’ by the press and automotive enthusiasts alike.
Between 1968 and 1973 Ferrari produced just 1,383 examples of the Daytona. This excellent example was completed on 27 October 1972 as assembly sequence no. 908. Built as a U.S.-specification version with air-conditioning, it was delivered new to William F. Harrah’s official West Coast dealership, Modern Motor Classics of Reno, Nevada, in December of that year. The Daytona was originally dressed in Argento Metallizzato (106-E-1) with a Nero (VM 8500) leather interior and fitted with Cromodora wheels. The car was delivered to Hollywood Sport Cars in Los Angeles for initial promotion and remained with its first owner in Southern California for almost 30 years. In November 2008, the car was offered for sale by Larry Alderson of Family Classic Cars in San Juan Capistrano, California, having been previously restored and showing 65,000 miles on the odometer. A year later the silver and black Ferrari was spied at a Cars & Coffee event in Irvine, California, bearing the license plate 4NTL855, and by August 2010, according to a detailed and recent Marcel Massini report, it was promoted by Tom Shaughnessy, a noted Ferrari collector in San Clemente.
According to the current owner, who purchased the car in March 2016, the Daytona was restored over several years prior to 2008 on an as-needed basis, always with extreme care to preserve the car’s authenticity and integrity. Shortly after acquisition, the Daytona was delivered to a Ferrari dealership, and more than $20,000 of work was completed to ensure it was in perfect running order, as is detailed in a six-page report. It remains to this day in the correct factory color with a superbly straight body, excellent panel fit, and in very good condition both cosmetically and mechanically. The car currently has less than 70,000 miles on the odometer and retains its sleek black leather interior with grey carpets and fully operational air-conditioning, and it has since been fitted with attractive Borrani wire wheels.
Not to be overlooked, this gorgeous silver 365 GTB/4 recently underwent an exacting $5,000 detail by Ferrari specialists and is offered today complete with original warranty card, handbooks, and tool kit, as well as the prestigious Ferrari Classiche certification.