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.
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
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.
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)