1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona

The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 succeeded the highly regarded 275 GTB/4 to become Ferrari's new two-seat Grand Touring model. Introduced at the Paris Salon in October 1968, the 365 GTB/4 quickly became known as the 'Daytona' in recognition of Ferrari's one-two-three podium sweep at the 1967 running of the 24 Hours of Daytona. It became the last front-engine, V-12 Ferrari GT model designed and announced prior to Italian industrial giant Fiat's takeover of Ferrari road-car production in 1969.

The Ferrari race department had been building mid-engined sports cars since the early 1960s, and the Lamborghini Miura and the DeTomaso Pantera had proven the benefits of this exotic design in road-going production cars. Ferrari chose to remain with the tried-and-true front-engine configuration with twelve-cylinder power for the 365 GTB/4. Production of the Daytona Berlinettas continued until 1974 when they were replaced by the mid-engine 365 GT4/BB. The 365 GTB/4 would be the final GT Berlinetta to use the traditional front engine layout until the arrive of the 550 Maranello in 1996. This would also be the last 12-cylinder Ferrari to be officially sold new in the United States until the arrival of the Testarossa in 1984.

The 365 GTB/4 used the 94.5-inch wheelbase, tubular-steel chassis of its predecessor, with fully independent underpinnings and rear-mounted transaxle. The curvaceous styling of the 275 GTB/4 was replaced by modern and edgy lines penned by Pininfarina designer Leonardo Fioravanti that would influence later Ferrari styling into the 1990s. The bodies were built by Carrozzeria Scaglietti with hand-formed and hammer-welded steel panel-work throughout with the exception of the lightweight aluminum-alloy trunk lid, hood, and doors. To help meet U.S. side-impact regulations, later cars received steel doors and internal bracing. The early examples had clear Perspex covered headlamps, while retractable units were introduced in 1971 in compliance with U.S safety regulations. American cars also were fitted with several emissions devices, including fast idle control and exhaust manifold air-injection. In the back were four chrome tail pipes, an aero-efficient Kamm tail, and quad round tail lamps.

The engine was an enlarged Tipo 251 version of the outgoing 275 GTB/4 with twin-cam cylinder heads developed by Franco Rocchi, a Ferrari engineer since 1949. The 60-degree V12 engine breathed through six 40-millimeter Weber twin-choke carburetors helping to produce 352 horsepower and 315 pounds-feet of torque at 7,500 rpm. Dry-sump lubrication enabled it to be installed low in the oval-tube chassis. Similar to the 275 GTB/4, the 365 GTB/4 used a five-speed manual gearbox which formed part of the rear-mounted transaxle, helping to achieve perfect 50/50 weight distribution. Unlike the 365 GTC/4, the Daytona was not equipped with power steering. Power four-wheel discs were standard, though air conditioning and power windows were optional.

The Daytona did not employ the exotic-appearing mid-engine configuration of the Lamborghini Miura, but its factory-claimed 174 mph top speed was slightly faster than that of the Miura and the fastest production car in its day. Intended for road use and built to deliver superlative performance, it was still a Ferrari, which meant it was not long before competition versions were built. Between 1970 and 1979, 18 365 GTB/4 'Competizione' models contested the 24 Hours of Daytona race, resulting in five Top-10 finishes and two second-place podiums. The Modena Sports Car entry driven by John Morton and Tony Adamowicz achieved a GTO class victory in 1979. Dan Gurney and Brock Yates set an unofficial cross-country record during the 'Cannonball Baker Seas-to-Seas Memorial Trophy Dash,' later known as the 'Cannonball Run.'

From 1968 to 1974 a total of 1,383 examples of the 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta were built, plus 121 of the open 'Daytona Spider.'


by Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2020

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1971 Vehicle Profiles

1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona vehicle information

GTS/4 Spyder

Chassis Num: 14085

The Pininfarina designed Ferrari 365 GTB/4 was first debuted to the public at the 1968 Paris Auto Salon and served as a successor to the 275 GTB/4. It was given the nickname 'Daytona' after Ferrari's one-two-three victory at the 1967 Daytona 24 Hour ....[continue reading]

1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona vehicle information

GTS/4 Spyder

Chassis Num: 14169
Engine Num: B 910

This 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona was first owned by Bill Harrah. Harrah had ordered a 365 Berlinetta Boxer but was unhappy with the vehicle due to its limited cargo capacity and apparent handling issues. To keep one of their good customers happy, ....[continue reading]

1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona vehicle information

GTS/4 Spyder

Chassis Num: 13865

The Ferrari Daytona was the last two-seater V12 Ferrari to have its power plant mounted in the front. This configuration would not re-appear wear a prancing horse badge for another quarter of a century. The 3600 pound vehicle was powered by a 4.4-l....[continue reading]

1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 14719

The Daytona, as it was unofficially called in celebration of Ferrari's triple 24 Hours of Daytona success in 1967, was built from 1968 through 1973. The 405 horsepower V12 was capable of 173 miles per hour. In the Owner's family since new, this Day....[continue reading]

1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 14265

This car has been awarded a platinum trophy at the Ferrari Club of America's concours event at the Cavallino Classic with a score of 97.5. A complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration was performed on the car in the early 1990s. The car is....[continue reading]

1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 14819

This 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona currently has 24,282 miles. It has a toolkit, books and a variety of documentation. The car is painted in Fly Yellow and has a black leather interior.....[continue reading]

1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 14271

The Ferrari 365 GTB4 first appeared at the 1968 Paris Motor Show and was nicknamed the Daytona much to the disdain of Enzo Ferrari. Designed by Leonardo Fioravanti and built by Pininfarina the 4.4 liter V12 engined Daytona was capable of over 170 mph....[continue reading]

1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona vehicle information

Coupe

Beginning in 1947, Enzo Ferrari began building road cars under the Ferrari name. The first car was the 125 Sport, which was powered by a 1.5 liter V12. This was the beginning of a long history of Ferrari's preferential use of the V-12 engine in both ....[continue reading]

1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 14385

This particular example has become known as the 'Condo-Find Daytona' or, due to the eight-track tape of disco rock still stuck in the K-Tec player, 'the Disco Daytona.' The car has been hidden in plain sight since 1990, tucked away in the corner of a....[continue reading]

1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 14259

'Daytona' was never used by Ferrari to tag the 365 GTB/4 but is thought to have been applied by the press to celebrate the stunning 1-2-3 victory for the 330P4 in the 1967 Daytona 24-Hour race. '365' came from the capacity of one cylinder - 365cc - w....[continue reading]

GTS/4 Spyder

Chassis Num: 14537
Engine Num: B1194

Even among the already rare Daytona Spiders there are some even more exclusive. Having built a total of just 25 European spec Dayton Spiders, Ferrari would make a privileged line within the Daytona Spiders. This chassis would be one of those select f....[continue reading]

Chassis Num: 14335
Engine Num: B1086

In the winter of 1967 Ferrari would introduce a new prototype featuring a 4-cam V-12 engine. This new Berlinetta would be well received and would eventually lead to what would be considered one of the most beautiful models ever produced by Ferrari.....[continue reading]

1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona vehicle information

GTS/4 Spyder

Chassis Num: 14829
Engine Num: 14829

'And now, my friend, the first rule of Italian driving: what's behind me is not important.' It was 1976 when the late Raul Julia, in character as Italian racing driver Franco Bertolli, spoke those words from behind the wheel of this Ferrari 36....[continue reading]

1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona vehicle information

GTS/4 Spyder

Chassis Num: 13933

This Ferrari 365 GTB/4 was given a Spyder conversion by Richard Straman when it was owned by Carl Cantera in 1979. Many consider the R. Straman Co. of Costa Mesa, California was renowned for producing some of the best-quality Ferrari conversions on t....[continue reading]

Chassis Num: 14393

Chassis number 14393 is an original left-hand drive, U.S.-specification 365 GTB/4 Daytona. It is the 525th Daytona built in terms of assembly sequence. It was equipped at the factory with options including air-conditioning and a Voxson 'Sonar' radio ....[continue reading]

1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona vehicle information

Coupe

The Ferrari 'Daytona' Coupes are certainly high on the list of desired and recognized automobiles. Produced from 1968-1972, a mere 1,284 365 GTB/4's were built. Although often referred to as Daytona's, the name was never an official designation, and ....[continue reading]

1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona vehicle information

Coupe

The Ferrari Daytona, officially designated the Ferrari 365 GTB/4, is a two-seat grand touring car produced by Ferrari from 1968 to 1973. It was introduced at the Paris Auto Salon in 1968 to replace the 275 GTB/4. It features the 275's Colombo V-12, b....[continue reading]

GTS/4 Spyder
Chassis #: 14085 
GTS/4 Spyder
Chassis #: 14169 
GTS/4 Spyder
Chassis #: 13865 
Coupe
Chassis #: 14719 
Coupe
Chassis #: 14265 
Coupe
Chassis #: 14819 
Coupe
Chassis #: 14271 
Coupe
 
Coupe
Chassis #: 14385 
Coupe
Chassis #: 14259 
GTS/4 Spyder
Chassis #: 14537 
Chassis #: 14335 
GTS/4 Spyder
Chassis #: 14829 
GTS/4 Spyder
Chassis #: 13933 
Chassis #: 14393 
Coupe
 
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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Ferrari
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
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)706
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)706

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