1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Competizione” Daytona
Argento with Black Interior and Blue Inserts
By the end of the 1960s, the motorsport world had warped into a new era of aerodynamic experimentation and extreme power. A colossal battle between Ferrari and Porsche produced awe-inspiring, mid-engine, 5-liter World Sports Car Championship machines that reached astonishing speed, and occasionally sudden and dramatic ends. Within this context, Ferrari focused on not only the WSC machines, but also the GT cars that filled out the endurance race fields, and truly represented the manufacture’s flagship models in the heat of competition. Only fifteen 365GTB/4 “Competizione” Daytonas were built in-house by the Ferrari factory between 1971-72-73, but the cars proved potent in competition, and quickly logged top five overall finishes at the grueling 24 hour races at Le Mans and Daytona, and wins in the Tour de France. Ferrari utilized the GTB/4C platform in other key events such as the 12 Hours of Sebring, 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, and many other national and international sprint and endurance racing venues. The formula was relatively simple: provide a well-balanced, aerodynamically efficient platform with immense horsepower by way of a large displacement engine, and underpin it with enormous tires and brakes for roadholding deceleration. The package- much like it’s era of racing- was brute, machismo, and today, fully evocative of what is now recognized by many as a magical time of virtually unlimited Sports and GT competition cars.
There were only fifteen 365GTB/4 Series I and Series II “Competizione” Daytonas built by the Factory between 1971-73, and this lead to a strong demand for fully race prepared privateer 365 GTB/4Cs at the professional level in period. Despite this, only eleven 365 GTB/4Cs were built and raced by privateers from 1971-1974. Sold new through Charles Pozzi S.A., (the Factory authorized French Ferrari distributor in Paris, France), s/n 14049 was almost instantly fully race prepared by for the 1972 Le Mans 4-hour race as a 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione for French gentleman racer Philippe Cornet-Epinat by Pozzi’s race mechanic De Coster at Pozzi’s garage of Levallois. 365 GTB/4C Conversion s/n 14049 was fitted by De Coster with full fender flares, competition 9 inch front and 11 inch rear wheels and a roll bar. It was also fitted with front dive planes, grille screens for the cooling ducts, an outside fuel filler, rear brake air scoops, an engine cold air box and side exhaust as used on the Series III Factory cars. The engine was rebuilt, blue-printed and balanced by De Coster with high compression pistons, the P6 Competizione cams, and the carburetors were modified with larger venturis and jetting needed for the ultra-high sustained speeds of the famous Lemans circuit.
On the 19th March 1972, Philippe Cornet-Epinat had realized his dream, and was blasting down the Mulsanne straight in s/n 14049 in the 4 Hours of Le Mans. Cornet-Epinat finished a very respectable 8th overall and 5th in the GT class, wearing race number 98. Interestingly, during the first lap of the race, Philippe Cornet-Epinat was passed by another car, who spun just in front of him, hitting his Daytona. He thought that his car was destroyed but as all seemed to be correct, he continued and finished!
Philippe raced s/n 14049 at Mas du Clos and other French Club events before he ultimately sold the car to Count of Saint Germain who turned it back into a street version Daytona, momentarily pausing s/n 14049’s competition history. The car was later sold to Walker Miles Digby Martland, Le′Hermitage, St. John, Jersey, CI, and later in the 1970s, converted by Bachelli and Villa (Sport Auto) to a 365 GTB/S 4 Daytona Spider.
For the next 30 or so years the car enjoyed a fairly normal existence as a Daytona Spyder Conversion with several owners both in Europe and in the USA before being sold to Ferrari aficionado Mike Sheehan who undertook an exhausting and comprehensive restoration to exacting 1972 Le Mans specifications.
Today, 365 GTB/4C s/n 14049 has recently finished a $257,000 cosmetic restoration by Wayne Obry’s Motion Products. The body and paint are flawless and the engine compartment and frame have been detailed and painted. The suspension and brakes were completely rebuilt, re-plated, powder-coated and a complete new competition Daytona racing suspension kit by Roelofs Engineering BV with racing shocks, springs, sway bars and the larger competition brakes were installed by Chris Dugan’s Dugan Enterprises of Oceanside, California. 365 GTB/4C Conversion s/n 14049 was also fully sorted and race prepared and a spare set of new 9 inch front and 11 inch rear wheels were purchased from Roelofs Engineering BV. Total cost for assembly, sorting and testing was $125,000.
Carobu Engineering race-prepared the engine for 365 GTB/4C s/n 14049 at a cost of $54,500 and it’s virtually bulletproof, even in racing specifications. It is fitted with updated modern lightweight pistons, racing rods and much improved cam profiles. Free flowing stainless steel exhaust headers are fitted. The engine in 365 GTB/4C Conversion s/n 14049 produces 455.5 horsepower at 7400 RPM with 354ft/lbs of torque at 6200 on the DTS Dyno! The transaxle is completely rebuilt and comes with both the 3:31 rear gears for long tracks and the 3:90 rear gears for short tracks. The engine and gearbox were installed and the suspension was “dialed in” and sorted by Dugan Enterprises. Needless to say the engine performance, the braking and handling are far better than when new thanks to subtle engineering and component improvements such as lighter pistons, better cam profiles, improved headers, shock dyno testing and improved brake pads and fluid. 365 GTB/4C Competizione s/n 14049 was entered and performed flawlessly both on the track and on the lawn at Cavallino early this year.
s/n 14049 can be street licensed in California, is smog-exempt, impressively tractable on the street, and can be street-driven to local events. Needless to say a comp Daytona with open exhaust makes for an interesting ride on any road or freeway! Its ease of use nature on the street makes it an ideally suited mount for track/rally hybrid events such the Tour Auto and the Tour de Espana.
Eligible for many premier historic racing events to include the Monterey Historic Reunion, the Daytona 24 Hour Classic, and the newly emerging Classic 12 hours of Sebring, or for concours showing around the globe, this period Le Mans history Competizione Ferrari is both the E-ticket ride for its brave new owner, as well as a rational investment in Ferrari’s rich Le Mans competition history. It is offered fully sorted, cosmetically spotless, and ready for next year’s events.
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