Take a look at this incredible 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider by Scaglietti but don’t get too attached as it’s up for sale in a couple of weeks…
Widely regarded as one of the most graceful of roadgoing Ferraris to exist, the 365 GTS/4 was unveiled at the 1969 Frankfurt International Auto Show and was a natural progression of the 365 GTB/4 that gained its nickname from a clean sweep at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona.
Its aggressive ‘shark-nose’ appearance was enhanced even further by coachwork designed by Pininfarina’s Leonardo Fioravanti, the man responsible for, among others, the Dino 206 GT and legendary Testarossa.
This particular car offered by RM Sotheby’s is reported to have been owned by the ‘famous Hollywood director, Sydney Pollack and later the center of a cross-border drama worthy of a Hollywood plot itself‘ and is now one of the most sought after classics to have originated from the Maranello stable.
One of only 14 examples to be finished in Argento Metallizzato, chassis number 14779 is also the 31st of just 121 examples of the Daytona ever built and even comes with factory-fitted air conditioning and a speedometer that reads ‘miles’.
Power comes from the ‘Colombo’ V-12 engine boosted to 4.4-liters accompanied by dry-sump lubrication with the Type 251 engine being the first Ferrari to be fitted with dual overhead cam valve actuation. Unlike its Maserati competitor, it was claimed the 365 GTS/4 could muster an impressive 352bhp, leaving the Ghibli Spyder in its dusty tracks, while Lamborghini hadn’t even managed to kick-start its 350 GT at the time.
L J K Setright, Supercar Classics:
“The Daytona has been called the last great front-engined supercar. For one who has thought about it, it is not difficult to see why; for one who has driven it, it is very easy to see why… A supercar must prove its superiority on ordinary roads; the Daytona did.”
On the exterior, frowning pop-up headlights might not be everyone’s cup of tea but the Daytona’s unmistakable sword-like silhouette and new Ansa quadruple exhaust system more than make up for those quirky illuminations we all love to criticize.
Currently displaying only 40,150 miles, this modestly driven 365 GTS/4 will headline at RM Sotheby’s Arizona Sale, 27 January 2022 and carries an estimate of $2,800,000…
Images courtesy RM Sotheby’s
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