SOLD 04/10

1971 Ferrari
365 GTB/4 "Daytona"

4-Owner US Model Daytona. Books, Tools, Known History, Very Well Cared For.

  • VIN14237
  • Exterior ColorRossa Corsa
  • Interior ColorBlack Leather
  • Mileage53083 Miles
  • Engine4.4 Litre DOHC V12
  • Transmission5-Speed
  • StatusSold
  • StockFJ833


1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” Coupe
s/n 14237
Rosso Corsa with Black Interior

As the last of the classic front-engined V12 flagship Ferraris, the 365GTB/4 “Daytona” needs little introduction. Mechanically sophisticated with its 4.4 litre quad cam V12, rear mounted 5-speed transaxle, and fully independent suspension, the cars are aggressive and beautiful. Quite simply, the Daytona is one of the most evocative and collectible Ferraris ever produced, one that captures the essence of the classic Ferrari experience, while also supplying performance that is exciting, even by today’s standards.

This particular car was delivered new to Chinetti Motors, and was reportedly light blue in color. The car had found its way to Southern California by 1978, and was offered for sale by a vendor in 1985 with 37,000 miles on it. It was by this time red. It was sighted at the Ferrari Club of America Northeast Fall Festival In New Jersey in September of 1988, and offered by a Florida dealer with 40,168 miles in 1991. Symbolic Motor Car Company in La Jolla offered the car for sale in 1994, and it was sold to an owner in Southern California. The current owner is from the San Francisco Bay Area and purchased the car with 49,704 miles in November of 2005.

The car is believed to be a 53,000 mile car from new, as supported by the reported mileages over the years, and the car’s presentation agrees with this. The current owner is extremely fastidious and has spent about $46,000 on the car since acquiring it to ensure that it is fully sorted. The car has been regularly serviced, including fluid changes, carburetor tuning, new spark plugs, new fuel and coolant hoses, full suspension rebuild, full exhaust system restoration/replacement as necessary (employing European Ansa mufflers), and full brake system rebuild to include new hard and soft lines, rebuilt calipers, new pads, resurfaced rotors, and repacked wheel bearings. The underside and engine compartment have been detailed, leaks addressed, and various electrical fixes and other minor adjustments performed. The owner is extremely detail-oriented, with the correct Cheney clamps employed, and even the windscreen washer pump replaced. The steering wheel was also restored (a common Daytona failing at the 50,000 mile mark), and the car received some chrome refinishing and minor paintwork. The wheels were refinished and new Michelin XWX tires fitted, including the spare. The steering column switch assembly was also fully rebuilt at a cost of over $1200. This work was done with functionality and durability improvements in mind, and required full disassembly. The assembly was spot welded as necessary, and plastic parts replaced with stainless steel ones, to ensure that it assembly lasts. The zinc coatings on the stalks were even renewed. Over this period, the owner has driven the car 3400 miles, ensuring that the car has not simply been sitting unused. The car comes with all invoices from this period, in addition to the manuals (including manual, parts book, warrantee card, and US supplement), tool roll with tools, spare, and jack.

The car is in very fine condition at this time, having been repainted to high standards. The panels are straight and appear free of corrosion. Extremely close inspection reveals a handful of very small imperfections, but the overall impression of the paint is superb, and it has a fresh look. The chrome on the bumpers and exhaust tips are excellent, having been recently renewed, while the chrome on the window trims appears to be original and is in lovely condition considering this. Having been recently refinished, the wheels are excellent. The glass is very good across the board, as are the lights, thought the front turn signal lenses are slightly distorted.

The interior appears to be predominantly original and has been well-preserved. The seats are most likely original and have some patina, but remain serviceable. The driver’s seat has one tear in it. The carpets are very nice, including the prancing horse over mats. The dashboard also appears to be original and has some fading, although the mouse hair material remains exceptionally nice for being original. The instruments and switches are excellent, as are the headliner and door panels. The car is fitted with a Becker Mexico radio

The engine compartment is very clean and nicely detailed. It is quite correct, with washer bag, knurled air cleaner keepers, Dinoplex ignition boxes, and various decals and plaques. The engine is believed never to have been rebuilt, but a September of 2009 compression test yielded figures between 150 and 160 pounds on all twelve cylinders. The trunk is likely original and is very nice, with excellent carpets and spare Cromadora wheel with XWX tire.

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a car that presents as an honest relatively low mileage example that has never been so neglected or used up as to require disassembly for a complete restoration. It is in excellent order, mechanically and cosmetically, and is very complete with invoices, jack, spare, tool roll with tools, and books.

The above vehicle information is complete and accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time it is posted to this website. Corrections or additional information is always appreciated. All advertised prices exclude government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer document preparation charge, and any emission testing charge. Vehicles are subject to prior sale. All advertised to be true but not guaranteed. We assume no liability for errors or omissions.

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