Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona | $ 483,000
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Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

One of the classic sports cars that still manages to steal the show is the Ferrari 365 GTB/4, Daytona which was hailed as one of the top scorers of Ferrari and hogged the first place as the top sports car of the 70's by the Sports Car International magazine in 2004. Its predecessor was the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 and the car was introduced to the public in the 1968 Paris Auto Salon. 1284 models rolled off the assembly lines from 1968 to 1973 with three variants of 158 right hand drives, 122 spiders and 15 for the racetrack. In all 1406 Daytona cars were produced and they stole quite a chunk off the cake that the Lamborghini enjoyed in the late 70's. In 1971, Dan Gurney and Brock Yates covered the distance of 4628 kms from New York to L.A. in 35 hours and 54 minutes at an average speed of 80.1 mph which catalyzed the US authorities into action. They put up boards on the American highways limiting the maximum speed to 55 mph for safety.

Interior

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The interiors may not have any revolutionary gadgetry, but the look is stylish and the space comfortable with the quality Conolly leather covering the cabin. The dashboard houses analog instruments finished in black vinyl and the bucket seats with adjustable headrests are trimmed with leather. A wide wooden steering wheel with three spokes looks classy with the glossy, spherical gear shift knob that makes you nostalgic. Electric windows and options of an air-conditioning system or Blaupunk/Voxson radio are very hi-tech and attractive features that won admiration from the media when the car was introduced.

Exterior

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Pininfarina designed the body in hand formed tubular steel, with the doors, bonnet and boot in a light alloy. The two-seater cockpit is held right back giving it a rakish look. The bonnet is extra long with a pursed lip that crimps the front grill into a menacing snarl. Except for a pair of air vents on the bonnet, there are no bumps or crevices that mar the shell. The earlier models had headlights encased in perspex which was later changed to comply with the US regulations. The rear end which is a neat and slightly raised slope, ends in a fender with a gap in the middle, just like the front end. Two pairs of round tail lights mark the otherwise smooth rear. 15" Borrani wire wheels with vented disc brakes roll the vehicle smoothly and safely.

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