1968 - 1970 Ferrari 365 GTC

1968 - 1970 Ferrari 365 GTC
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In late 1968 Ferrari replaced the 330 GTC with the 365 GTC. The new model was in fact a re-engine of the 330 GTC, featuring almost the same design. Differences were limited to non-vented front fenders and a vented hood. Until 1970, when the car was discontinued Ferrari produced 168 units, in both left hand and right hand drive configuration. Like the 330 GTC models, the bodies were built at the Pininfarina works in Turin, then delivered fully trimmed to Ferrari for fitments of the mechanical components.

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The 365 GTC was built on a 2400mm wheelbase tubular steel chassis with the layout virtually identical to that of the models replaced, as the only mechanical change that had occurred was in the size of the engine. The standard road wheels were the ten-hole alloy design, as fitted to their predecessor, whilst similarly Borrani wire wheels were available as an option.

 

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The 10 Best Ferraris Of All Time

The 10 Best Ferraris Of All Time

From classics to current exotics, Maranello has a long and rich history of performance car excellence

Picking the ten best Ferraris of all time is not an easy exercise, but somebody had to do it. Sports cars don’t come finer than those with a Prancing Horse badge, and in the 70 years that it has been around, Ferrari has built some of the finest and most desirable performance cars in the history of the industry. A lot of Ferrari models have climbed the ladder to iconic status, and even some of today’s models are on their way there, too. It took a lot of work — and arguments — but we managed to narrow down our choices for the ten best Ferraris of all time.

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1968 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 and GTS/4 “Daytona”

1968 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 and GTS/4 “Daytona”

A Prancing Horse hungry for miles

These days, if its front-engine Italian grand touring that you’re after, the Ferrari 812 Superfast is the latest and greatest. While impressive in and of itself, the new 812 hails from a long line of F/R GT cars from the highly celebrated marque. In fact, we can trace its roots all the way back to this – the Ferrari Daytona. Originally dubbed the 365 GTB/4, this angular classic was popularized as the “Daytona” after Ferrari swept the podium at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1967, and the name stuck ever since (even though Ferrari still insists on calling it the 365 GTB/4). First introduced at the 1968 Paris Auto Show, the Daytona was ushered in as a replacement for the Ferrari 275 GTB/4, and came equipped with a larger Colombo V-12 engine, independent suspension, and the right stuff for high-speed cruising.

The Daytona was offered in two distinct body styles, including the GTB/4 Berlinetta, and the much more rare GTS/4 Spider. A handful of racing versions were created as well. Production lasted until 1973 with nearly 1,300 units built in total, after which the mid-engine 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer replaced the Daytona in 1973. Now, the Daytona is a classic collectible automobile, with some examples easily eclipsing the seven-figure mark at auction. So what makes it so great? Read on to find out.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 and GTS/4 Daytona.

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1971 - 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC4

1971 - 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC4

Go fast, bring the kids

In 1971, Ferrari introduced the 365 GTC4, a 2+2 grand tourer designed to replace the 365 GTC and 365 GT 2+2. Finding an appropriate middle ground between these two predecessors meant the GTC4 struck an odd balance between aggression and practicality – it came with the same quad-cam V-12 as the 365 GTB/4 Daytona, but peak output was lowered for better around-town response. The two-door exterior design promised a sporty experience, but the overall aesthetic was relatively restrained. The interior was outfitted for driver enjoyment, but came with a miniscule rear seat. Simply put, the GTC4 was a more civilized take on Prancing Horse performance, but it could still bring the heat if properly motivated.

Once considered one of the most underrated Ferraris in existence, the GTC4 now regularly commands healthy six-digit prices at auction. Chalk it up to the low production numbers and a booming interest in 12-cylinder GT Ferraris, the GTC4 remains a classic Italian sports car with a unique flair and impressive speed potential.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari 365 GTC4.

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1973 - 1976 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB

1973 - 1976 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB

By 1972, Ferrari was actually a little bit behind the times, and for a company whose reputation was staked on performance and technological prowess, that just wouldn’t do. Although a mid-engine layout had all but become a requirement for Grand Prix and sports-GT prototype racers in the early 1960s, Ferrari still lacked a mid-engine road car. This absence was made more glaring by the success of the Lamborghini Miura and then the Countach, which became an instant icon when it first hit the streets in 1971 in spite of a lack of racing pedigree.

The challenge could not go unanswered, and Ferrari’s return shot was the 365 GT4 BB. Ferrari’s first mid-engine flat twelve-cylinder road car made its debut in 1971 and hit the streets two years later. The car was based on the Pininfarina P6 concept car that appeared in 1968, and replaced the wildly successful front-engine Daytona. The new chassis was combined with a new flat-twelve engine, and this pairing would set the tone for Ferrari’s twelve-cylinder road cars for years to come.

There was a good reason for this: the 365 GT4 BB delivered on all of its promises, with interest. Capable of over 175 mph, it was easily among the world’s fastest road cars. Racing success wasn’t quite as forthcoming, and the racing 365 GT4 BB fielded by Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team (NART) was not particularly competitive. That didn’t stop the 365 GT4 BB from becoming one of Ferrari’s most iconic cars, however. What it gave up in showmanship to the Countach, it made up in athleticism.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari 365 GT4 BB.

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1972 - 1976 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2

1972 - 1976 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2

The Ferrari 365 line of cars is quite possibly the most confusingly named series of products since the advent of mass manufacturing. There was the 365 GTB/4, the 365 GT 2+2, the 365 GT4 BB, the 365 GTC, the 365 GTC/4, the 356 California and finally, the 365 GT4 2+2. And, each of those is an almost completely different car. But the 365 GT4 2+2 was especially different in that it was so big, even compared to other 2+2 Ferrari models, and nearly sedan-like in its proportions. It was introduced in 1972 as a replacement for the short-lived 365 GTC/4.

The 365 GT4 2+2 would evolve into the 400, then the 400i and finally the 412 while retaining the same basic overall design. Some controversial decisions would be made by Ferrari when it came to this car in its later stages, but the 365 has the distinction of being made before all of that happened, and saying that you like the 365 doesn’t need to be qualified. The 365 is still an unusual car for a Ferrari though, one that is almost more of a luxury car than 2+2 grand tourer. But, it was what Ferrari customers wanted, and it made the company money just the same.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2.

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1969 - 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4

1969 - 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4

There has never been a time period when Ferrari’s model naming scheme has been easy to understand, and because of that, it might not be immediately obvious just how special the vehicle you are looking at is. The problem comes from the fact that the 365 GTS is a completely different car from the 365 GTS/4 in almost all respects apart from the engine, despite the incredibly similar names. So rest assured that the car you are looking at in this article is one of the rarest, most valuable and sought after of the late-’60s Ferraris.

Thankfully, the 365 GTB/4 and 365 GTS/4 have been given the unofficial nicknames “Daytona” and Daytona Spyder” respectively. The nickname comes from Ferrari’s 1-2-3 win at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1967, and not out of a desire to make nomenclature easier, but it still helps. The Daytona was the replacement for the 275 GTB/4, and in hardtop form immediately became the fastest production car in the world. A small run of convertible versions of the car were made toward the end of the Daytona’s production life. It was the last front-engine flagship Ferrari until the 550 Maranello debuted in 1996.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari 365 GTS/4.

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1967 - 1971 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2

1967 - 1971 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2

In its early days, Ferrari had an interesting take on grand touring cars. Although there were quite a few that had GT in their name, these tended to be essentially just slightly more comfortable versions of Ferrari’s race cars. The exception were the America cars, bigger cars with more comfortable interiors and more luggage space for use, as the name implies, in a country where distances were much greater and road trips lasted much longer. These were built in very small numbers, but by the end of the ’50s, Ferrari had realized that this same idea could work in a mass market car, and the 250 GT/E that followed was such a massive hit as to become the primary reason that Ferrari was able to remain solvent through the ’60s.

So popular was the 250 GT/E that Ferrari followed it up with the 330 GT 2+2. And while more early 330s were nothing more than 250s with bigger engines, the 2+2 was an actual new car, designed to be a comfortable grand tourer. This car was an even bigger hit than the GT/E, and when Ferrari debuted the 365, the 365 GT 2+2 became the most popular of all the 365 body styles.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2.

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1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Shooting Brake

1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Shooting Brake

The heyday of the coachbuilt luxury cars was back before WWII. As car became more complex machines the practice of having each body custom made became even more difficult and expensive. But for those willing to pay, it can still be done, and some of the oldest names in coachbuilding are still in operation. So when architect and home builder Bob Gittleman decided that he wanted something different for his car, it was possible to make that happen. Gittleman went to Chinetti Motors in New York, owned by legendary Italian racing driver Luigi Chinetti, and talked to Luigi’s son, Luigi Jr. (who went by “Coco”).

Gittleman simply asked for “something different” out of his car and Coco took it from there. He had always been fascinated by British coachbuilding and shooting brakes in particular, but also with Italian sports cars. So then used as the base was a then-new 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4, which was then sent to Panther Westwinds in Surrey, England for the coachwork. It is a very well executed job, and it has earned the car a certain degree of fame over the years. Not everyone is crazy about it, but it seems someone at Ferrari thought a Ferrari shooting brake was a good idea, because we now have the 2012 Ferrari FF.

Continue reading to learn more about the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Shooting Brake.

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Chris Evans Picks up a 1971 Ferrari Daytona Spyder for Nearly $4 Million

Chris Evans Picks up a 1971 Ferrari Daytona Spyder for Nearly $4 Million

British DJ and TV presenter Chris Evans (not to be confused with Captain America Chris Evans) recently dropped a staggering £2.27 million on one of the most famous Ferraris ever created, the 1971 Ferrari Daytona Spyder. Evans purchased the iconic Ferrari at Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Prive sale in London late last week. What was initially thought of as just an appearance by the British celebrity quickly escalated into a frenzied bidding war for the extremely rare Ferrari. In the end, Evans won the auction after agreeing to shell out £2.27 million for the Daytona Spyder, which converts to around $3.7 million as of 9/9/2014.

The amount the Daytona Spyder went for is thought to be a world record for the model, further highlighting how classic Ferraris have become incredible investments these days.

This particular Daytona Spyder also holds the unique distinction of being built by two of the most important Italian design houses: Pininfarina and Scaglietti. It also hasn’t spent a whole lot of time under the sun despite being more than 40 years old. According to Silverstone Auctions, the Daytona Spyder Evans scooped up for almost $4 million only has less than 4,000 miles on its odometer. It’s also been described as being in "concours condition," which pretty much translates into "as good as it gets."

Click past the jump to read more about the 1971 Ferrari Daytona Spyder.

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Ultra-Rare Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Meets a Tree in Germany

Ultra-Rare Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Meets a Tree in Germany

The Ferrari Daytona is one of the most sought after cars in automotive history and certainly the most sought after Ferrari. There were only 1,406 models built in its six model years, making it a very exclusive car. The spyder model, which is officially dubbed the Ferrari 365 GTS/4 is ultimately the rarest of the group, seeing only 122 models from 1971 through 1973.

We are not certain how many of the 122 spyder models are still in existence today, but that number may be taken down by one after a horrible meeting between a GTS/4 and a German tree. As expected of such a meeting, the tree won, leaving the once-worth-$600,000 GTS/4 with some serious damage.

According to reports, the driver claimed that his brakes failed, causing him to slam into the tree. Fortunately, the driver was not injured and his passenger was only treated for minor injuries. More than likely, the GTS/4 will be rebuilt, but judging from the damage, it will no longer be a $600K car. Hopefully the driver had some pretty stout insurance coverage on this puppy...

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Ferrari Myth exhibition opens at Shanghai Expo Park

Ferrari Myth exhibition opens at Shanghai Expo Park

China is becoming a key market for a lot of automotive companies, including Ferrari and, as a thank you gift, the company has opened a new Myth exhibition at the Italian Center in Shanghai Expo Park. The inauguration ceremony was attended by the company’s Deputy Chairman Piero Ferrari, as well as representatives of both the Chinese and Italian governments.

The new exhibition center covers an area of 900 square meters and will be open to the public for three years. Its aim is to introduce the Chinese to Ferrari and allow them to experience the history, cars, technologies, and passion of the Prancing Horse first-hand, thereby further consolidating the already strong links between the Italian marque and this nation.

The models displayed are the 348 TS as the first Ferrari to enter the Chinese mainland market, a 275 GTB4, a 365 GTB4 Daytona, the 750 Monza sports prototype, and the FF.

"For millions of people around the world, Ferrari represents the pinnacle of Italian culture," declared Piero Ferrari. "It is a symbol of passion, success and the constant pursuit of excellence. It has always been our wish to share Ferrari’s unique history and culture with the people of China who have shown great affection for the Prancing Horse and with whom we share core values such as respect for tradition and a tenacious spirit of innovation."

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RM Auctions’ Monaco event scores big with record sales

1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Spider

RM Auctions’ in Monano has proved yet again that classic Ferrari models will never lose their value. A 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Scaglietti Spider was auctioned off for an staggering €5,040,000, or about $6.4 million, a record for this particular model. This was the first time in 30 years that this model was available for auction and it is one of the only two models ever built.

Next to this Ferrari, Monaco scored impressive sales of up to €33.5 million, about $43 million at the current exchange rates. The list of the most expensive models include: a 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spyder ’Tuboscocca’ and a 1966 Ferrari 206 S Dino Spyder each fetching an impressive €2,520,000 (about $3.2 million), a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder sold for €1,008,000 ($1.3 million), the Ferrari F1-2000 Racing Car raced by Michael Schumacher on his way to the 2000 Driver’s Championship for €806,400 ($1 million), and the highly anticipated 1953 Timossi-Ferrari ’Arno XI’ Racing Hydroplane for €868,000 ($1.1 million).

"Monaco 2012 has been a fantastic success. With in excess of 33.5 million sold, this sale rates as one of Europe’s highest grossing collector car sales of all time and most certainly the highest grossing collector car auction in Europe this year. Once again, RM has proved itself to be the preeminent force in the collector car auction scene," says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe.

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1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder

1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder

In 1968, Ferrari saw it fit to replace the four-year-old 275 GTB/4. Its replacement was codenamed the “Daytona” in honor of Ferrari’s 24 Hours of Daytona win, but Ferrari had no plans to use this name for the production model, despite the outcry from enthusiasts.

In 1968, the GTB/4 was introduced and Ferrari enthusiasts took it upon themselves to dub it the Daytona. The nickname was so popular that the GTB/4 became almost more noticeable under its nickname than its given name. In the same model year, a rare convertible model was released based on the same GTB/4 chassis.

Ferrari did not stray too awfully far for the name of this convertible model, as they simply dropped the “B” in “GTB” and replaced it with an “S,” which stands for Spyder, creating the GTS/4. There were several models of the GTS/4, including: European-spec RHD, US-spec LHD and European-spec LHD. The latter of the group is the rarest, as only 18 of the 122 Daytona Spyders built were Euro-spec LHD.

If owning one of these masterpieces is something you would like to do, but never thought you could get your hands on one, RM Auctions has solved that part of the equation. On May 12, 2012 in Monaco, RM Auctions will be auctioning off a 1971 version of the Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder. This means you can not only own one of the rarest Ferraris, but also the especially rare LHD Euro-spec model!

Click past the jump to read our full review on this legendary machine.

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Ferrari 365 GTB/4 driven by Prince Charles on auction

Ferrari 365 GTB/4 driven by Prince Charles on auction

Back in 1968, Ferrari unveiled the Daytona sports car, a model that stayed under production until 1973. During this period, Ferrari only produced 158 right-hand-drive units, but one of them was very special. It was loaned to Prince Charles for one week in 1973. It was then sold in July that same year for the sum of £9,250, or $13,172 at the current rates.

The Ferrari then moved from its princely duties over to the big screen in a film by Top Gear. In this movie, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 was driven by Richard Hammond and was put up against a £1.25m (about $1.7 million at the current rates) power boat driven by James May during a trip from Portofino to Saint-Tropez. This very same Ferrari will now be put up for auction on May 18th in the Historics auction at Brooklands. Of course, anyone looking for a price tag similar to the one paid in 1973 will be sadly mistaken.

The 356 GTB/4 is powered by a 4.4 liter V12 producing 352bhp at 7500rpm. During the 356’s production time, the Daytona was the world’s fastest production car with a top speed of 175mph and 0-60mph time of 5.3 seconds.

Watch TopGear’s test drive after the jump.

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Reggie Jackson's 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder is up for auction

Reggie Jackson’s 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder is up for auction

Mr. October himself, Reggie Jackson, has a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder bearing chassis number 16835, one of the rarest Ferraris you can find on the planet. The good news is that the baseball legend has put this specific car on the auction block. The bad news is that if you want to buy it, you’re going to need at least $1 million.

Such is the plight of the average folks. No matter how much we want to own a car of this magnitude, the closest thing we can settle for is pictures and the occasional daydreams.

If you just so happen to be one of the lucky ones that do have the money to make such a purchase, you’d be glad to know that the car will be one of the featured items at RM Auctions’ annual Automobiles of Arizona sale, which is going to be held on January 20th-21st in Phoenix, Arizona. Who knows, you might end up becoming the new owner of this classic Ferrari that was once owned by not just Reggie Jackson, but also iconic daredevil Evel Knievel.

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1968 - 1970 Ferrari 365 GTC

1968 - 1970 Ferrari 365 GTC

In late 1968 Ferrari replaced the 330 GTC with the 365 GTC. The new model was in fact a re-engine of the 330 GTC, featuring almost the same design. Differences were limited to non-vented front fenders and a vented hood. Until 1970, when the car was discontinued Ferrari produced 168 units, in both left hand and right hand drive configuration. Like the 330 GTC models, the bodies were built at the Pininfarina works in Turin, then delivered fully trimmed to Ferrari for fitments of the mechanical components.

The 365 GTC was built on a 2400mm wheelbase tubular steel chassis with the layout virtually identical to that of the models replaced, as the only mechanical change that had occurred was in the size of the engine. The standard road wheels were the ten-hole alloy design, as fitted to their predecessor, whilst similarly Borrani wire wheels were available as an option.

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1968 - 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB4

1968 - 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB4

In 1966 Lamborghini unveiled the Miura sports car. We might say that this was the moment when Enzo Ferrari might have regret telling Lamborghini to focus on his tractors and let him worry about the cars. So it was his move, unless he wanted his sales to hurt a lot.

In 1966 Pininfarina designer Leonardo Fioravanti decided is time for him to create something unique. He took a standard 330 GTC chassis and mostly focused on improving its aerodynamics. So, in the autumn of 1968 at the Paris Motor Show Ferrari was presenting the 365 GTB (365 being the size of one cylinder in cubic centimeters, 4 referring to the engine’s four cams), also known as the "Daytona" in recognition of the Ferrari 1-2-3 victory in the Daytona 24-Hour Race in 1967.

The 356 GTB4 was the last model made by Ferrari before Enzo sold his company to Fiat in June 1969. It was also the last 12-cylinder Ferrari to be sold new in the USA (through official channels) until 1984, when the Testarossa was announced.

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1965 Ferrari 365 GTS

1965 Ferrari 365 GTS

In 1968 Ferrari replaced the 330 GTS with the 365 GTS spider, a model with a very short life. In less than a year of existence Ferrari built only 20 units of the car, becoming one of the rarest Ferrari of the time.

On the exterior the 365 GTS looked almost identical to the 330 GTS; the exception was made by the omission of the exhaust air outlets on the front wing sides, which were replaced by a trapezoidal black plastic louvre panel close to each trailing corner of the bonnet. Also the "330" logo was replaced with only the "Ferrari" badge.

On the interior Ferrari also added two circular directional demister outlets in the centre of the dash top.

Like most of the Ferrari the 365 GTS was built at the Pininfarina works in Turin, then delivered fully trimmed to Ferrari for fitment of the mechanical components.

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