It might be named after an American racetrack, but this sports car is truly Italian. Meet the car that wanted to conquer the USA and beat the Miura.
The #Ferrari 365 GTB/4 a.k.a Daytona was Enzo Ferrari's response to Ferruccio Lamborghini's Miura. Ferrari wanted their new flagship to be a revolution that could attract the biggest market in the world back, the United States of America. So the car really looked like nothing Ferrari's ever done. Imagine yourself back in the 60's. Hippies rule the world, people discover that there is actually nothing on the moon, Jimmy Hendrix makes people go crazy, and men discover the bikini. But something far more important was born. The supercar. Some say it all started with the Lamborghini Miura. The iconic bull came out in 1966, and directly became a game-changer. The crazy old man from Maranello had to do something. Being not a huge fanatic of centrally-mounted engines, Ferrari launched the Daytona in 1968 with a V12 in the front. The rivalry between the two automakers was only at its beginning.
Plexiglas Daytonas are actually quite rare.
The Daytona was a revolution in its own way. Let's start by saying that the styling was very different from other Ferraris. Its sharp edges gave it a more American style. Some kind of Italian Corvette? By the way, when the Miami Vice TV show started, they used convertible Corvette C3s and rebuilt them to look like 365s. The trick worked. But when Ferrari finally decided to sue the producers, they gave them the brand new Testarossa. Today, the car is considered as one of the most sought after Ferraris. Especially this one with the plexiglas headlights (American Daytonas had retractable ones). They became quite rare with only 1'284 cars produced, with just a fraction of them equipped with plexiglas headlights.
Being a gran tourer, the 365 GTB/4 was meant to be comfortable, and very fast. Think of it as the Ferrari 812 Superfast's grandmother. The evolution of the 275 GTB/4. It could reach speeds of 280 km/h! And make a noise that only Ferrari knows how to do. Bare with me, it is not an easy car to drive, and you must be careful to not overheat the gearbox, otherwise you will find yourself with the most expensive barbecue in the world. However, technicalities aside, you have to admit that it is one of the most beautiful cars to ever come out of Maranello, and being not a huge fan of yellow cars, I truly think that the Daytona wears this banana yellow rather well. There is only one little problem. It will now cost as much as 2 or 3 brand new F12s. That's the price of an iconic sports car.
The Ferrari Corvette used in Miami Vice.
But can it beat the mighty Miura? On a design point of view, I think that the Miura is one of the most beautiful cars ever. This styling will never get old, and will always look amazing. On the other hand, the Daytona unmistakably looks a 70's car. It might have looked more modern than a Miura. Yet, I think that the Miura has aged better.
Now, let's talk about performances. The Daytona and the Miura's V12's had quite similar power, with respectively 357PS against 350PS for a Miura P400. But, as mentioned above, the philosophy was dramatically different with the bull having its engine mounted centrally, and the stallion having it up-front. Also, the Daytona was more of a GT when the Miura was a more hardcore sports car. Quite funny when knowing that Ferruccio Lamborghini only wanted GT's.
Today, the rivalry is still pretty much alive with both constructors still building the best supercars in the world. Which is best? Hard to say. Their ideologies differ so much that only the heart can decide. So who is your pre-70's hero? The Daytona, or the Miura?
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car. Website: www.peregocars.com/en Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregocars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/peregocars/
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 "Daytona"
This article is a reedition of an article previously posted.