In 1968 the GTB/4 was debuted at the Paris Salon. It was also Ferrari's most expensive production model to-date and the fastest production vehicle of its time. Even though the design was very appealing, it did not sell very well during the first few years of development. Even with perks like running the quarter mile in 13.8 seconds and topping-out at 174 miles per hour.

It was dubbed the 'daytona' in honour of the Ferrari's accomplishments the year before at the American 24 hour race.

Pininfarina designed the fastback coupe and the bodies were built by Scaglietti.

A new V-12 engine was used that was capable of generating over 350 horsepower. It was a dual-overhead-cam 'vee' type 12-cylinder with aluminum alloy block and heads. It used six Weber two-barrel carburetors, four camshafts, and seven main bearings. The five-speed manual gearbox was mounted in the rear transaxle. Ventilated disc brakes helped slow the vehicle down, with a diameter of 11.3 inch in the front and 11.6 inch in the rear.

The early versions of the GTB/4 had exposed head-lights. It was not until 1970 that the headlights were hidden (pop-up). This was due to American regulations concerning full-width plastic headlamps.

Around 1400 GTB/4's were produced during 1969 through 1974. The majority of them being coupes. There were 127 Spider convertibles.

Ferrari produced a few berlinetta coupes that consisted of all-aluminum bodies and engines that were capable of 405 horsepower.

The GTB/4 Daytona was replaced by the 365 GT4 BB. The 365 GT4 was Ferrari's catch-up vehicle trying to match other supercar makers such as Lamborghini with its Miura. The engine being set in the middle, rather than in the front.


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Chassis Num: 15741
Engine Num: B 2056

Ferrari often derived names for cars based upon achievements on the track, or markets that were to be conquered. Such success on the road would give the world the MM, or Mille Miglia. Then there would be the California market and the spyder that woul....[continue reading]

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Chassis Num: 15965

This 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Michelotti has a one-off Group IV Spyder body. It was ordered by Luigi Chinetti in 1975, designed by Giovanni Michelotti, and intended to be entered in LeMans race of 1975 with the NART in the GTX group. The car qualified b....[continue reading]

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Chassis Num: 14491
Engine Num: 14491

This 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona was delivered new from the Ferrari factory to the United States. It was sent to Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut, originally wearing Oro Chiaro paint and having a black Connolly leather interior. Its ear....[continue reading]

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Originally sold to an Italian customer, the car was imported by and owned by former Vice-President of design of General Motors, Chuck Jordan. it was the subject of a practical joke in the styling department when it was given a 'Super-Fly' conversion....[continue reading]

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Chassis Num: 15425

The Daytona, an unofficial nickname, had a hard act to follow. Its predecessors were the 275 GTB/4 and a myriad of 250 GTs, yet it maintained the technical lineage and run of commercial success going back to 1959 (and the 250 GT SWB). The 275-series ....[continue reading]

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Chassis Num: 16439

This unusual-for-a-Ferrari dark blue car is mostly original and has never been restored; its been driven only 20,000 miles since new. This model was officially called the 365 GTB/4, but is popularly known as the Daytona. The Daytona name came about....[continue reading]

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Chassis Num: 16333
Engine Num: B2078

This European-spec 365 GTB/4 first found a home in Europe, (the suffix 'A' designates its European specification), but it didn't stay there long, as it was imported to California in early 1973. Its engine, transmission, and suspension were rebuilt i....[continue reading]

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Chassis Num: 15117
Engine Num: 15117

This example, chassis number 15117, was built in January of 1972 to U.S. specifications. The car was ordered through Luigi Chinetti by racing driver, Dr. Harry Jones. Dr. Jones took delivery of his new Daytona in Modena on May 31st of 1972, and later....[continue reading]

Spyder

Chassis Num: 16295
Engine Num: 251

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Chassis Num: 15105
Engine Num: 72X

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Chassis Num: 15735

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Spyder

Chassis Num: 16223
Engine Num: B2136
Gearbox Num: 1066

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Chassis Num: 15271
Engine Num: B 1738

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Chassis Num: 15739

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Chassis Num: 14585

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Chassis Num: 16445
Engine Num: B 2208

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Spyder
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History

The 365 Series were introduced in the late 1960's and stayed in production until the early 1970's. The 365's were often powered by a Columbo SOHC 4390 cc V-12 engine with three Weber carburetors capable of producing around 300 horsepower. The front and rear suspension for most of the series was independent with double wishbones and coil springs. The 365 GT4 2+2 had an independent with transverse parallelograms and coil springs suspension. The 365 California had a live axle with coil springs rear suspension. The chassis was an oval tube ladder type frame layout.

Disc brakes were standard on all the vehicles, as was the five-speed manual gearbox. Many of the series received standard options such as power steering and air conditioning, uncommon at the time. When most manufacturers such as Lamborghini and DeTomaso were creating vehicles with mid-engined design, Ferrari continued to use their tried-and-true front-engined, rear wheel design.

In 1967 Ferrari dominated the Daytona 24 Hours race with a first, second, and third place finish. At the 1968 Paris Auto Show the public and press were expecting Ferrari's new berlinetta to be dubbed 'Daytona'. They were proven wrong when Ferrari dubbed the vehicle the 365 GTB/4, however, the name Daytona is a common reference to the vehicle even to this day. Ferrari had intended on using 'Daytona' but it was revealed prematurely so the traditional Ferrari naming sequence was used.

During its production lifespan lasting from 1968 through 1974, 1383 examples of the Pinifarina designed 365 GTB/4 Daytona vehicles were created.

The famous coachbuilder Pininfarina was tasked with creating many of the designs for the 365 Series. The designs were not new, rather they borrowed many of the styling cues of the prior 330 GTC and 275 GTS models. The headlights were courtesy of the 500 Superfast. The result was a visually stunning automobile with proven Ferrari mechanics and performance.

GT represented Gran Turismo. GTB represented Berlinetta or coupe. GTS stood for open models which were either a targa roof or a full convertible. '4' represented four-cam engines. 'C' represented 'Competizione' or 'Corsa' meaning 'to race'.

365 California
In 1966 Ferrari introduced the 365 California at the Geneva Auto Show as a replacement for the Ferrari 500 Superfast. The famous coachbuilder, Pininfarina, had been tasked with creating the body for the vehicle. The result was a two door, two-seat, convertible. The 365 borrowed many of the mechanics of its predecessor including the five-speed manual gearbox, chassis, and suspension. The front of vehicle was similar in design to the 500 with the remaining portions all new. With a top speed of 240 km/h, it was the fastest convertible in the world at the time. Disc brakes provided excellent stopping power for the 1300 kg vehicle. Production continued for only a year with a total of fourteen examples being created.

365 GT2+2
In 1967 Ferrari introduced the 365 GT2+2, only its second production four-seater vehicle. The vehicle would stay in production until 1971 during which around 800 examples being created.

The rear passengers had limited headroom but there was sufficient legroom for most passengers. The purpose of the vehicle was to provided performance and comfort. As a result the vehicle was outfitted with electric windows, leather interior, power assisted brakes, full carpeting, and optional air conditioning.

365 GTC
Near the close of 1968, Ferrari introduced the 365 GTC which stayed in production until 1970. During the production lifespan, 168 examples were produced. The 365 GTC was basically a 330 GTC with a SOHC 4390 cc V-12 engine. Visually, the vehicle was very similar to its predecessor except for the air vents in the front wings had been removed. In their place were black vents placed in the back corners of the hood.

365 GTS
The 365 GTS was a replacement for the 330 GTS. It featured a 4390 cc SOHC engine and had its cooling vents removed in favor of vents in the hood. Only twenty examples were created.

365 GTC/4
In 1971 Ferrari introduced the 365 GTC/4 as a replacement for the 365 GT 2+2. It sat atop a Daytona chassis and given an independent suspension. The same Daytona ventilated disc brakes were used. The gearbox was mounted in the front and the engine was the 4390 cc V12 but with six sidedraught Weber carburetors and wet sump lubrication resulting in 340 horsepower.

The design was once again handled by Pininfarina. The two-door, 2+2 coupe had pop-up headlights and five-spoke alloy wheels. During its production lifespan lasting until 1972, around 500 examples were produced. Strict American safety and emission regulations were partly responsible for the demise of the GTC/4.

365 GT4 2+2
The 365 GT4 2+2 was debuted to the public at the 1972 Paris Auto Show as a replacement for the 365 GT 2+2 and the 365 GTC/4. It sat atop an enlarged 365 GTC/4 chassis and given the same mechanics. The larger chassis meant more interior room for the passengers, especially the rear passengers, and their luggage. The styling was once again assigned to Pininfarina. The design was different from the prior 365 models.

During its production lifespan lasting until 1976, around 470 examples were created.

365 GT4 BB
The 365 GT4 BB, meaning Berlinetta Boxer, was introduced to the public at the 1971 Turin Auto Show. Its styling was similar to the P6 show car built in 1968. The engine was a flat-12 cylinder power-plant mounted longitudinal. The gearbox was mounted under the engine. This was a great design but ultimately created an unbalanced weight distribution with most of the weight over the rear axle. The weight distribution problem and the fact that the engine was mounted high in the vehicle resulted in a car that had poor handling and never achieved successful racing status.

The 365 GT4 BB was replaced by the 512 BB in 1976. The 512 BB was similar in design but featured a five-liter engine.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2006

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