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1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona LHD - £499,995

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This is a superb example of one of the most iconic supercars of the Seventies. This is a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, It is a US Supplied Left Hand Drive car finished in Gloss Black with Black Leather Interior, it is a superbly restored car, matching numbers, and ready for its next owner. Our car will come freshly serviced by a Ferrari Specialist, UK registered with all EU Taxes Paid, and benefits from Power Steering and factory Air Conditioning. It looks simply stunning on its Chrome Borrani Wire Wheels. It is showing 29k Miles from new but we cannot verify this as genuine.

Our car was sold new by Modern Classic Motors of Reno Nevada to an Ernie Miller of Phoenix Arizona who kept the car for nearly 17 years until it was sold to Switzerland in 1988. It found its way to the Orion Ferrari Auction in Monaco in 1989 and was sold for a then world record price for a Daytona to a client based in Monaco.

After 12 years in Monaco It arrived back in the USA and had a couple of American custodians before finding its way into an important collection of Ferrari Cars in the UAE. It has now found its way the UK where it sits and waits for its next tranatlatic adventure.

'It's a hard muscled thoroughbred, the Daytona - easily the most awesome and yet disciplined road-going Ferrari in that firm's brilliant quarter century of existence. The Daytona isn't fast – it's blinding. It will eat up a quarter-mile of asphalt in 13.2 seconds at 110mph and scream out to 175mph - or it will slug through traffic at 1,500rpm with the Sunday manners of a FIAT. It is the perfect extension of its driver. You can cut and weave through shuffling traffic with the agility of a halfback, or lope down the freeway with the piece of mind that comes from knowing you can contend with anyone's incompetence. To say, after you've driven it, that the Daytona is desirable doesn't begin to sum up your feelings - you would sell your soul for it.' - Car & Driver, January 1970.

Every Ferrari is, to a greater or lesser extent, a 'landmark' car, but few of Maranello's road models have captured the imagination of Ferraristi like the 365 GTB/4. The ultimate expression of Ferrari's fabulous line of V12 front-engined sports cars, the 365 GTB/4 debuted at the Paris Salon in 1968, soon gaining the unofficial name 'Daytona' in honour of the sweeping 1, 2, 3 finish by the Ferrari 330P4 at that circuit in 1967. Pininfarina's Leonardo Fioravanti, later the famed Carrozzeria' director of research and development, was responsible for the influential shark-nosed styling, creating a package that restated the traditional 'long bonnet, small cabin, short tail' look in a manner suggesting muscular horsepower while retaining all the elegance associated with the Italian coachbuilder's work for Maranello. One of Pininfarina's countless masterpieces, the influential shark-nosed body style featured an unusual full-width transparent panel covering the headlamps, though this was replaced by electrically-operated pop-up lights to meet US requirements soon after the start of production in the second half of 1969.

Fioravanti later revealed that the Daytona was his favourite among the many Ferraris he designed. Although the prototype had been styled and built by Pininfarina in Turin, manufacture of the production version was entrusted to Ferrari's subsidiary Scaglietti in Modena. The Daytona's all-alloy, four-cam, V12 engine displaced 4,390cc and produced its maximum output of 352bhp at 7,500rpm, with 318lb/ft of torque available at 5,500 revs. Dry-sump lubrication enabled it to be installed low in the oval-tube chassis, while shifting the gearbox to the rear in the form of a five-speed transaxle meant 50/50 weight distribution could be achieved. The all-independent wishbone and coil-spring suspension was a recent development, having originated in the preceding 275GTB.

Unlike the contemporary 365GTC/4, the Daytona was not available with power steering, a feature then deemed inappropriate for a 'real' sports car. There was, however, servo assistance for the four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Air conditioning was optional, but elsewhere the Daytona remained uncompromisingly focussed on delivering nothing less than superlative high performance. At the time of its introduction in 1968 the Daytona was the most expensive production Ferrari ever and, with a top speed in excess of 170mph, was also the world's fastest production car.

Deliveries commenced in the second half of 1969 and the Daytona would be manufactured for just four years; not until the arrival of the 456 GT in 1992 would Ferrari build anything like it again.

This is an unrepeatable deal at the asking price, I will be amazed if this car lasts one week, I imagine it will be snapped up within the trade in short notice, it is certainly the best looking Daytona we have had recently. It has travelled all over the world in its life and still remains superb and, with its Power Steering, is a pleasure to own and use.

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