1974 Ferrari 365 GTB4 (Daytona)
Second last built
What makes this very late model Daytona extremely special is that it is the last right-hand drive 365 GTB/4 built and second last ever to leave Maranello. It was imported into Australia by official importer at the time, W.H. Lowe, and sold to Melbourne businessman Bert Flood in 1974. Flood managed soon after to convince Enzo Ferrari to send the ‘Le Mans engine upgrade’ parts for his car which made it good for an additional 70 hp, taking total output to 420 hp.
The car has undergone a full, tasteful restoration to bring it back to its period prime and concours condition and is also currently under consideration for the Ferrari Classiche program for authenticity and certification. It is certainly the pre-eminent Daytona in Australia, if not the world. The 356 GTB/4 was an evolution of the 275 GTB/4 and was a milestone in the history of fast, front-engined GT cars.
Sleek and muscular
Like many Ferraris of the time, it was styled by Leonardo Fioravanti from the Pininfarina design studio, but represented a new look with tapered, sharp-edged styling (particularly at the front) replacing the more rounded curves synonymous with the mid to late ’60s period. The long, sleek bonnet and muscular haunches over the rear wheels make this car the design precursor to today’s generation of Ferrari GT cars such as the 812. The engine was a development of the 4.4-litre V12 fed by six Weber 40 mm carburettors, and the excellent weight distribution provided by the rear gearbox transaxle produced a car of rare balance which guaranteed a superlative driving experience.
Top sports car
When it made its public debut at the Paris Auto Salon in the autumn of 1968 it almost immediately became known as the Daytona, although this was an unofficial title given by the media of the time, supposedly in recognition of the Ferrari 1-2-3 victory in the Daytona 24-Hour Race in 1967. Ferrari historians put the total number of Daytonas built at around 1,400 units across the car’s life-cycle. It was voted Top Sports Car of the 1970s by Sports Car International magazine and ranked the second Greatest Ferrari of All Time by respected US publication Motor Trend Classic.