The Year: 1972
The Model: Ferrari 365GTB/4 ”Daytona”
The Drivetrain: The best in the world? Maybe. A 4.4-liter V12 producing 352 horsepower at 7500 of the most beautiful RPMs, mated to a 5-speed manual driving the rear wheels.
Favorite Five Points:
· Maybe the best shape in automotive history: a sharp, aerodynamic nose and a miles-long hood resolving in a sleek, squat cabin dotted with four round taillights. Of course, designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti.
· Early Daytonas, like this model, had plexiglass-covered headlamps instead of the pop-ups later mandated by the US DOT: they better maintain the purity of the shape.
· Cromadora five-spoke wheels are muscular, a perfect fit for the rough and powerful Daytona.
· The color. Red Ferraris, if not a “dime a dozen,” are a trope. This car in light blue is a tasteful, iconoclastic choice.
· True bucket seats: no headrests, just hand-stitched leather, big bolsters and incredibly meager-looking lap belts.
· A repaint in non-original color and modern A/C disqualify this as a Concours car, but really, who cares? Those changes make it a better car—leave the diaper-polishing to the nerds.
· While magic at speed, Daytonas also have the reputation of being fairly, excuse us, truck-like when driven around town. This is a car for flooring it to Nice, not picking up cat litter at Walgreen’s.
· Daytona’s have a famously intricate start up procedure, that includes copious idling and skipping 2nd gear until the transmission warms up. Charisma demands attentiveness.
This is about the perfect car, with low miles, a recent restoration and desirable early-model features. A rare version of a car this special for under $1 million seems fair to us, and we can imagine every glancing at this car in your garage and feeling regret.