Ferrari Daytona

The classically sculptured and outrageously quick Daytona was a supercar with a split personality. Under 120 mph (193 km/h), it felt like a truck with heavy inert controls and crashing suspension. But once the needle was heading for 140 mph (225 km/h), things started to sparkle. With a romantic flat-out maximum of 170 mph (280 km/h), it was the last of the great front-engined V12 war horses.

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Launched at the 1968 Paris Salon as the 365 GTB/4, the press immediately named it “Daytona” in honor of Ferrari’s success at the 1967 24-hour race. Faster than all its Italian and British contemporaries, the chisel-nosed Ferrari won laurels on the racetrack as well as the hearts and pockets of wealthy enthusiasts all over the world.

INSIDE AND OUT

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With hammock-type racing seats, a cornucopia of black-on-white instruments, and a provocatively angled, extralong gear shift, the cabin promises some serious excitement. Beneath the exterior is a skeleton of chrome-molybdenum tube members, giving enormous rigidity and strength.

POEM IN STEEL

A poem in steel, only a handful of other cars could be considered in the same aesthetic league as the Daytona.

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S P E C I F I C A T I O N S


MODEL Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona (1968–73)

PRODUCTION 1,426 (165 RHD)

BODY STYLE Two-seater fastback.

CONSTRUCTION Steel/alloy/fiberglass body, separate multitube chassis frame.

ENGINE V12 4390cc.

POWER OUTPUT 352 bhp at 7500 rpm.

TRANSMISSION Five-speed all-synchromesh.

SUSPENSION Independent front and rear.

BRAKES Four-wheel discs.

MAXIMUM SPEED 174 mph (280 km/h)

0–60 MPH (0–96 KM/H) 5.4 sec

0–100 MPH (0–161 KM/H) 12.8 sec

A.F.C. 14 mpg (5 km/l)

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