The first cars to bear the name of Enzo Ferrari appeared only 50 years ago, but in that time they have built a legend for delivering uncompromising performance from their V12 power units whilst clothed in some of the most exciting and elegant Italian coachwork designs. From the earlier 275 GTB/4, a natural development was the larger engined 365 GTB/4 (commonly known as the Daytona after the car’s strong result in the 24 hour race of the same name in 1967), and this was the swansong for the successful front-engined Berlinetta series.
The deliberately aggressive shape, styled by Pininfarina, and the uncompromising mechanical specification ensured its success in the very demanding sports car market. The 352bhp delivered by the race-bred engine was delivered via a five-speed rear transaxle mounted in a welded steel tubular chassis frame.
The most powerful two-seater, road-going GT and the world’s fastest production car at the time of its launch, independent road tests gave a top speed of over 170mph in standard form, which in the early 1970s was an amazing feat. Such capability confirmed the 365 GTB/4 as the last and fastest in the long line of competition-bred front-engined Ferrari grand touring cars. It is difficult to imagine how to improve on a car like the legendary Daytona, but adding sunshine and wind in the hair certainly qualifies.
The beautiful Daytona on offer today comes to public sale for the first time in its existence. Presented in traditional Italian racing red with a tan interior, chassis 14269 is one of the better looking Daytonas we have had the pleasure of selling. Ferrari’s limited production run of Daytona Spyders left many would-be customers disappointed, a situation which led, inevitably, to a number of coupés being converted.
It was during the ownership of Mr Bernard Fosker, founder of the well-stablished and world famous Foskers Ferrari specialists, that a no-expense-spared conversion took place on chassis 14269. Evidenced in its condition today, it was exceptionally well executed. Later in the 1980’s the car was acquired by a Mr Geoff Williams before being bought by its current owner who has owned the car for the past 12 years.
Complete with an extensive service history this matching numbers, low-ownership Daytona, well-known and highly regarded in the Ferrari community has been serviced regularly in the last two decades by Ferrari specialists Rardley Motor’s of Surrey with bills from the last two years totalling £7,000.
A wonderful opportunity to acquire a fine example of what is widely regarded to be the greatest front-engined V12 to ever have been made.