This 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 has been converted to Competizione specification and it has an FIA Historic Technical passport – which allows it to enter many of the most significant classic motorsport events in the world.
Very few Competizione Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytonas were built in-period, they proved highly successful on track, with the model famously winning class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans three years in a row.
Fast Facts – The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona “Competizione”
- The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 was introduced in 1968, in some respects it was a direct answer to the Lamborghini Miura. The press nicknamed it the “Daytona” – a reference to the Ferrari 1-2-3 victory in the Daytona 24 Hour Race in 1967.
- The 365 GTB/4 was a replacement for the earlier 275 GTB/4, with both cars powered by the venerable Colombo V12 sending power back through a rear-mounted transaxle for better weight distribution.
- Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina was responsible for the design of the Daytona, it was intended to take Ferrari through the end of the 1960s and into the new decade of the 1970s.
- The official Ferrari Competizione Daytonas were built in three batches of five cars each. Unusually these cars were not raced by the official Scuderia Ferrari team, but by privateer racers who enjoyed significant success on track.
The Ferrari “Daytona” 365 GTB/4
It’s been said that Enzo Ferrari never liked the nickname “Daytona,” a nickname that had been coined by the press and seemingly stuck like glue to his new top-of-the-line V12 GT car. Even today Ferrari themselves rarely use the moniker when talking about the car, unless explaining its origins.
Regardless of what you might call it, the 365 GTB/4 would prove to be a runaway success for the Italian automaker. In the Ferrari tradition of the period the model name actually conveys quite a bit of information about the car, for example the “365” tells you the displacement of each of the 12 cylinders in centiliters.
The “GTB” stands for “Grand Touring Berlinetta,” essentially a luxurious but sporting automobile with a fixed roof. Finally the “/4” simply tells you it’s a quad-cam Colombo V12 with double overhead cams per bank, an upgrade over the earlier SOHC version of the engine.
The 365 GTB/4 was an upgrade over the 275 GTB/4 in every way, though both cars shared a similar architecture with their front-mounted quad-cam V12s which sent power back to their rear-mounted transaxles.
This gave the cars nicely balanced handling, a feature Enzo Ferrari insisted on for his V12s lest some less-experienced new owners wreck their cars and give him a bad reputation. Enzo was famously opposed to the idea of building a mid-engined V12 to compete with the Miura, fearing the additional weight in the rear would result in snap oversteer.
That said, he did eventually relent on this. The car that succeeded the Daytona would be the 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer, powered by a mid-engined flat-12.
The road-going version of the 365 GTB/4 Daytona was capable of 352+ hp at 7,500 rpm, giving it a top speed of 174 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds. This top speed was 3 mph more than the Lamborghini Miura – the car that Ferrari wanted to prove their superiority over.
The Daytona remained in production from 1968 until 1973. It would later go on to become a pop culture icon in its own right thanks to the use of a black (replica) Daytona in the hit 1980s TV series Miami Vice.
The Competizione Specification Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Shown Here
The 365 GTB/4 Daytona you see pictured here was originally sold new in Europe before being imported into the United States in 1976.
An American owner undertook a conversion to Competizione specification in the 1980s however the project remained unfinished, and it was bought as a project in 1985 by an owner in the Netherlands. This new owner sent the car off to Piet Roelofs of Roelofs Engineering who completed the car to Series III Competizione specification.
In 2009 the car was bought by Historic Sportscar Racing proprietor George Tuma, and the engine was last rebuilt in 2016 by Francorchamps of America in Costa Mesa, California.
It’s now being offered for sale accompanied by its FIA Historic Technical passport, and it would make a very welcome addition to the grid in a vast array of vintage and classic motorsport events. The car has previously taken part in the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the Classic 12 Hours at Sebring, and the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona.
If you’d like to read more about this unusual Ferrari or register to bid you can visit the listing here on Bring A Trailer. It’s being sold out of Saint Petersburg, Florida.
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