Exceptionally Complete Daytona with 9" Borranis, Books, Tools. A Very Well-Preserved Car with Decades of Known History
1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
s/n 14301, engine no. B1068
Red with Black Leather Interior
As the last of the classic front-engined V12 flagship Ferraris, the 365GTB/4 \"Daytona\" needs little introduction. Despite retaining the traditional front-engined layout of previous Ferrari's, the Daytona's creased styling was decidedly modern, and the specification was very much up to date as well. Its 4.4 liter quad cam V12 produced over 350hp, and was joined to a rear-mounted 5-speed transaxle for optimum weight distribution. The suspension was independent all around, and there were disc brakes at all four corners as well. The car was extremely fast as well, with a genuine 174mph top speed as confirmed by contemporary testers. Despite less than universal praise for the styling when it first appeared, its near perfect proportions have made widely considered to be one of the greatest classic Ferraris of all time. It captures the essence of the classicFerrari experience while also supplying performance that is exciting even by today's standards. Indeed, Ferrari's 1997 return to this layout with the 550 Maranello has proven that the front-engined V12 layout is a timeless concept that still competes with the most exotic mid-engined cars. Just 1284 Daytonas were built before the car was replaced with a new mid-engined car, the Berlinetta Boxer.
This particular example was manufactured in May of 1971 and is a US delivery car that was supplied new to Bill Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors. It remained in the Reno Area until 2005, spending the 25 years from 1985 to 2005 in the ownership of a gentleman who previously worked in the service department at Modern Classic Motors. In his ownership, the car was painted to Bill DeCarr’s famously high standards. In 2005 the car passed on to a collector in the San Francisco Bay Area, having covered 50,000 miles from new. At the time of that purchase, it was inspected by Patrick Ottis, who commented on its originality and stated that the indicated mileage of 50,000 appeared to be from new.
Since then, the car has been properly maintained by Patrick Ottis and covered an additional 9000 miles to bring the car to its current reading of 59,000 miles from new. The car has been regularly serviced including recharging the AC, valve adjustments as necessary, and miscellaneous other repairs. Most recently, in January of 2014, the car was extensively serviced by Norbert Hofer’s Gran Touring Classics at a cost of $13,400. All fluids were changed including brake fluid, coolant, engine oil, transmission oil, new fuel filters, new fuel hoses, new rear brake pads, all soft brake lines, new exhaust hangers, new steering column switch, and various other maintenance items addressed. The car comes with an exceptionally complete set of books, as well as original tools in excellent shape.
The car makes a strong impression, with beautiful paint that remains very nice with some minor wear and aging in the form of touched up door edge chips, stress cracks at the corners of the engine lid aperture, as well as some minor checking in places. There is a touched up area where the left front bumper corner was pushed into the fender and then straightened. The quality of the paintwork and the richness of the color are exceptional, underscoring the quality of the DeCarr’s work. The body is straight and displays great fit and gaps. The chrome trim is very good, with minimal aging and light surface scratches. The wheels were beautifully restored by Rite-Way Wire Wheel and wear Michelin XWX tires. The US rear reflectors have been removed and the car also has European rear lenses. The headlamps are Marchal outer lamps and Cibié inners. The glass is very good to excellent, with a few minor marks to the front windscreen from road use.
The interior is in excellent shape, and appears to be largely original. The original dashboard is excellent and suffers only from minimal aging, from which Ferraris of this period often suffer. The instruments and switches are in excellent original condition. The leather seats and door panels are well preserved and appear to be original or were correctly retrimmed many years ago. There is minor drying in evidence but a pleasing patina overall. The carpets also appear to be original and have some fading but are intact and in good shape otherwise. The headliner appears original and is excellent and the overall impression of the interior is of a well-maintained and carefully stored car that has a wonderful original feel to it. The radio is a modern Becker unit with iPod integration but styled to resemble the vintage pinstripe Beckers of the 1970s.
The engine compartment is both exceptionally correct and freshly detailed, having just been refinished by Pebble Beach classic winning California Restoration Services. The inner fenders, valve covers, head shields, fuse box covers, and brake booster all display the correct finishes. This example retains the original-style hood supports, Dinoplex ignition boxes, window washer bag, horns, and battery hold down. Although not currently fitted for drivability reasons, this highly original car is even accompanied by its US-market emissions pump, which is missing on most examples.
The trunk is correctly presented with excellent carpet. The spare is a Cromodora alloy. The car comes with three additional Cromodora wheels mounted with XWX tires. The original factory tool roll is present in excellent shape and the books set includes the following: original leather pouch, owner’s manual, USA supplement, parts catalog, consumer information insert, two Ferrari dealer directories, polishing cloth, FIAMM battery warranty pamphlet, Voxson radio warranty pamphlet, and Voxson “sonar” guide with wiring diagram.
The car runs and drives superbly. The engine starts easily and is well-tuned and the gearbox works well. The chassis and suspension keep the body well-controlled and there is a coherence to the driving experience that is very satisfying. The brakes are effective and the air conditioning blows cold.
This is an exceptional opportunity to acquire a beautiful and honest Daytona with excellent history and very desirable equipment including Borrani wire wheels (9 inches at the rear), very complete book set, original tools, and extra wheels. The car has been on the west coast its entire life and has a wonderful honesty and originality to it that speaks to the enthusiastic ownership it has enjoyed for its entire life.
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