1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona

Racing and competition allowed Ferrari to develop and perfect new technologies, and to foster a formidable reputation for the prancing horses of Maranello. The road-going cars, beginning with the 166 Inter, were intertwined and instrumental with the Scuderia's achievements on the track. During the mid-1960s, a rivalry between Ferrari and Ford grew to unprecedented levels, culminating with Ford's GT40 memorable victories at the 24 Hours of LeMans. Down, but not out, Ferrari retaliated in 1967 with a 1-2-3 photo finish with their P4 and P3/4 sports-racing cars at the Daytona Continental 24 Hours.

The V12 front-engined Ferrari 365 GTB/4 sports car was introduced at the Paris Salon in 1968 and soon gained the unofficial name 'Daytona' in honor of the sweeping 1,2,3 finish by the Ferrari sports prototype at that circuit in 1967. The influential shark-nosed styling was created by Pininfarina's Leonardo Fioravanti, later the famed carrozzeria's director of research and development. While having a muscular appearance it retained all the elegance and sophistication associated with the Italian coachbuilder's work for Maranello. The package included the traditional 'long bonnet, small cabin, short tail' appearance with a non-typical full-width transparent panel covering the headlamps, though this was replaced by electrically operated pop-up lights to meet US requirements soon after the start of production in the second half of 1969. By 1971, however, the concealed headlamps were adopted series-wide. In the front was the small, black egg-crate grille with rubber-tipped bumperettes. A matching set of bumperettes was fitted at the rear below four round taillights. Overall weight was kept to a minimum by utilizing aluminum for the doors, bonnet, and boot lid. Construction was handled by Scaglietti

After Lamborghini introduced the 350 GT, Ferrari responded with adding four overhead camshafts to its road-car V12 engine of the 275 GTB (cars with this feature were given the '/4' suffix) and in the Daytona displaced 4,390cc. The 275 GTB had been introduced in 1964, wearing coachwork by Pininfarina, following the end of production for Ferrari's 250 GT SWB Berlinetta. In keeping with company tradition, its model nomenclature was derived from engine and cylinder displacement and helped differentiate the new from the old. The twelve-cylinder engine was increased from 3 liters to 3,286cc, with each cylinder displacing roughly 275 cc.

In GTB/4 guise, the V12 engine had four overhead camshafts with two per cylinder bank. Known as Tipo 226, it offered as much power as Ferrari's competition twin-camshaft engine. Along with four camshafts, the Tipo 226 received several engine modifications which were bred from the company's competition efforts. These improvements propelled the new 275 GTB/4 to a top speed of 160 miles per hour.

The four-cam Colombo-designed V12 engine in the 365 GTB/4 with six Weber 40DCN 20 carburetors, produced 352 horsepower at 7,500 RPM and 318 lb/ft of torque available at 5,500 RPM. Utilizing dry-sump lubrication, the engine was installed low in the engine bay, while a five-speed transaxle enabled 50/50 front/rear weight distribution to be achieved. The chassis employed a long-standing Ferrari practice of being built of oval-section tubing. The chassis, 2,400mm wheelbase, much of its layout, and suspension were from the preceding 275 GTB. The suspension was an all-independent wishbone setup with coil springs.

The factory claimed the 365 GTB/4 to have a top speed of 174 miles per hour and could race from zero-to-sixty mph in 5.9 seconds with the quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds.

While the contemporary 365 GTC/4 was available with power steering, the Daytona was devoid of this feature. There was, however, servo assistance for the four-wheel, ventilated disc brakes, and air-conditioning was optional.

Luigi Chinetti's 275 GTB-based NART Spider was perhaps influential in Maranello's decision to produce a convertible version of the Daytona. First seen at the 1969 Paris Salon, deliveries commenced in 1971. Approximately 11,285 examples of the Berlinetta Coupe and just 121 Spider Convertibles were built by the time production ceased in 1973.

The Spyder versions exported to the United States were stamped as '365 GTB/4' instead of '365 GTS/4.' The first 'Daytona Spyder' was displayed at the 44th Annual IIA Motor Show in Frankfurt on September 11th of 1969. Wearing yellow with a concave bodyline finish in black, the Spyder rested on Borrani wire wheels. The first Spyder had Perspex-covered headlights, while all further examples had pop-up headlights.

96 examples were sent to the United States market and 25 were built to European specifications.


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2020

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The 365 Series were introduced in the late 1960s and stayed in production until the early 1970s. The 365s 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 22 had an independent with transverse....
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1973 Vehicle Profiles

1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 17073
Engine Num: B2860

Ferrari unveiled their 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta at the 1968 Paris Auto Show. The designed was courtesy of Pininfarina and was a clear departure from the traditional Ferrari styling. The flowing lines were completely new, though the fastback design and ....[continue reading]

1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 15369
Engine Num: B 1538

The Daytona was a paradigm shift in design for the Ferrari marque with more angular and aggressive lines along with equally groundbreaking performance. The all-new 4.4-liter dual overhead camshaft V-12 was given six Weber carburetors and produced 352....[continue reading]

1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 16913

The 1973 Ferrari Daytona Spyder with chassis number 16913 was shown at the 2004 Cavallino Classic held in Palm Beach, Florida. It was awarded the Platinum Award. In 2006 it was shown at the Los Angeles Concours where it received a First Place award....[continue reading]

1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 16847
Engine Num: B2620

An open prototype version of Ferrari's 365 GTB/4 Daytona was displayed at the 1969 Frankfurt Motor Show. Production examples of the Spider began in 1971 and were sold through early 1974. The Spider versions were produced in fewer numbers than their b....[continue reading]

1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 16801
Engine Num: B2630

This Daytona Spider was the 88th example built in the assembly sequence of the 123-car total production. It was built as a left-hand drive model and sent to the United States. It was optioned with air conditioning, a radio and US-market instruments. ....[continue reading]

1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Scaglietti
Designer: Pininfarina

Chassis Num: 16857

The 365 GTS 4, often called the Daytona Spyder, was one of fastest and most beautiful and luxurious convertibles ever built by Ferrari. The 365 series replaced the 330 series in the Ferrari line. Both the Daytona Spyder and the 365 GTB 4 Daytona coup....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 17073 
Convertible Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 15369 
Convertible Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 16913 
Convertible Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 16847 
Convertible Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 16801 
Convertible Coupe by Scaglietti
Chassis #: 16857 

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1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Base Price : $25,800

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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Ferrari
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)1,939
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)1,427
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)1,427
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)1,337
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)1,337
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)1,772
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)850
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)850
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)850
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)706

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