Interestingly, Ferrari never intended for its new 1968 365 GTB/4 to be known as the “Daytona,” but thanks to the company’s incredible 1-2-3 finish at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1967, the name stuck. And isn’t it so much easier to say than the long string of numbers and letters that make up the formal model name? Regardless of what you call it, this is one epically gorgeous car that remains one of the most desirable Ferrari models of all time.
Powering the Daytona is a 4.4-litre V12 capable of producing 352 bhp and 431 Nm of torque. That means the GTB/4 can reach 174 mph and hit 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. As you can imagine, this was an absolute rocket ship back when it was new. A rear-mounted 5-speed manual transmission provided excellent weight distribution. So, while the spectacular new Lamborghini Miura that had just debuted the year before stole most of the spotlight from the Daytona, critics would eventually come to recognize the Daytona as the better sorted vehicle, even with its “old-school” front-engine layout. The car’s dynamic capabilities backed up the car’s sporty shape, then. And what a shape it is.
Styling of its Own
The Ferrari Daytona signified a new design direction for the Italian carmaker. Whereas predecessors like the 365 GTC featured a rounded-off front end, the Daytona was all about sharp angles. The pointed nose gives the car a sleek, aerodynamic look that would set this model apart from anything else in Ferrari’s stable. An extremely long nose matched against an abrupt rear end gives the Daytona a lithe, athletic appearance, while the sleek, minimalist lines would prove to be as timeless as so many other great Pininfarina designs of this era.
At £10,000, the Ferrari Daytona was the most expensive car on offer from the Italian carmaker. As such, it remained a relatively low-volume model, with just 1,284 cars rolling off the production line between ’68 and ’73. A 1973 Daytona recently sold for over $800,000 at Monterey, so it’s clear that the world still appreciates the allure of this car. As they should.