European-spec, ‘Plexiglas’ model

1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

Dan Gurney and I drove a 365 GTB/4 from New York City to Redondo Beach, CA, in less than 36 hours… At one point Gurney reeled off 20 miles with the tachometer wavering at 7100rpm in fifth gear – nudging the car's claimed top speed of 172mph…” – legendary Car and Driver writer Brock Yates remembers his drive in the famous Cannonball Run

A good example presented in attractive and unusual Blu Dino of the last front-engined V12 berlinetta designed in the 1960s and built at Maranello while Enzo Ferrari was alive.

The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’

It took Ferrari a while after it ceased production of its first four-cam production car, the 275 GTB/4, to launch a replacement, but the wait was worth it. 

The new Ferrari 365 GTB/4 revealed at the October 1968 Paris Salon was a classic berlinetta; long bonnet, close-coupled cockpit, abrupt transom and powerful haunches. And under that bonnet sat a 4.4-litre, four-cam V12, a 352bhp powerhouse capable of pulling the big car on to 170mph+. A speed at which, as Brock Yates can attest, Maranello’s finest would be rock-solid. 

The name ‘Daytona’ was soon applied to the new car by the press in celebration of Maranello’s dominant 1-2-3 at the Daytona 24 Hours in 1967. And the Daytona had features taken straight from the race track: dry-sump engine; five-speed transaxle; six Weber carburettors; five-spoke ‘pointed star’ alloy wheels as seen on Ferrari’s F1 and racing sports cars. 

The first Daytonas were delivered in mid-1969 and, until the model was discontinued in 1973, Ferrari sold 1,284 coupés, mostly LHD. Apart from rare special orders, all road versions were built by Scaglietti in steel with alloy bonnets, boots and doors. Early cars had their headlamps under the famous Plexiglas front – later replaced by pop-up lights – while North American Daytonas were ‘smog-equipped’ with a raft of emissions equipment including a lower-compression engine. These cars also had side-marker lamps and a variety of other safety measures that detract from the purity of Leonardo Fioravanti’s original design.

Today, the 365 GTB/4 Daytona most prized by collectors is a Plexiglas car to European specification. And ideally not in red – such as the one offered here. 

This Motor Car

Confirmed by its accompanying Ferrari Classiche Certificate, chassis 13719 was delivered in September 1970 to Société Anonyme pour la Vente des Automobiles Ferrari (SAVAF), the Swiss Ferrari importer in Geneva owned by Georges Filipinetti.

As received, the car was finished in Blu Dino, a bright and appealing metallic blue, with a Beige leather interior.  

Included in the car’s history file today is an invoice with a Ferrari Automobili, Modena, letterhead to the value of CHF 61,000 addressed to a S. Selbach of Vevey, a town on Lake Geneva, Switzerland. It confirms that the bill was paid in full on 30 June 1971. The letter is signed ‘Felber’ and a subsequent letter from Monsieur Selbach dated 6 March 1999 confirms that he purchased the car on 30 June 1971 from Garage Felber, a Swiss Ferrari dealer in Morges, near Lausanne. It was registered in the Vaud canton, ‘VD 68962’ and it can be but conjecture that Selbach was the first private owner. 

In 1999, Selbach sold the car to official Ferrari agency Garage Zénith of Sion, who on 27 April 1999 resold it to the French Ferrari and Maserati specialist Philippe Gardette of Auvergne Moteurs (later an official Ferrari service agent). From copies of documents in the history file, the invoice from Zénith records the sales price CHF 140,000 and a mileage of 55,800km. 

The car was then immediately bought from Auvergne Moteurs by a Monsieur Cantaloube of Châtenoy-le-Royal in the Burgundy region of France. The sales price was FFR 750,000, a sum that included some service work, and the following month ‘13719’ was inspected by French Ferrari importers CH. Pozzi, who issued a Certificat de Conformité dated 27 May 1999. On the accompanying invoice the mileage was confirmed as 55,860km.

Interestingly, the April 1999 order form confirms the colour as Bleu Métal, with an interior of Beige Rougeâtre. The latter description, together with supporting period photographs, reveals that the leather – quite possibly from new – was a darker Pelle Marrone rather than Beige. And the 20 July 1999 invoice 99070064 states the interior as Cuir Brun (brown leather). The car’s current Ferrari Classiche certificate confirms an original internal colour of Pelle Beige 102, with its current shade noted as Pelle Marrone. 

In Cantaloube’s hands until our client purchased it in 2014, ‘13719’ was returned to Auvergne for mechanical work on 17 October 2001 (58,846km) and 18 March 2003 (58,846km). During this period it was registered in France ‘9547 WP 71’ (Saône-et-Loire) and ‘3731 KQ 46’ (Lot). 

Award-winning Ferrari restoration experts Autofficina Bonini serviced the car at 69,036km in October 2016. The invoice of €10,400 included four new Michelin XWX tyres and work to the brakes.   

Currently displaying a total of c. 71,300km, chassis 13719 has been enjoyed by our Monaco-based Italian client primarily for travelling between the South of France and Italy. A low-mileage car, in good condition yet never restored, with quite possibly just three private owners from new and presented in one of the most desirable colour combinations, this ‘Plexiglas’ car ticks all the boxes. It is a rare opportunity for those waiting for just the ‘right’ Daytona in which to embark on new adventures.