1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona”
Model 365 GTB/4
Type Daytona Coupé
Production Sequence No 1093
Scaglietti Body No 1199
Chassis No 16685
Engine Type Tipo 251
Engine No B2514
Gearbox Type Tipo 605
Gearbox No 1241
Final Drive Ratio 10/33 (3.3:1)
Exterior Color “Rosso Chiaro 20-R-190 Salchi” (Red)
Interior Color “Pelle Nera VM8500” (Black Leather with Red Seat Inserts)
Mileage 30,849 Miles
Standard Options of AC and Power Windows plus Multi-Band Stereo Cassette Radio and Power Antenna
Ferrari's iconic Daytona, was officially designated the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 but obviously far more commonly referred to simply as the Daytona. The name “Daytona” came about as a result of Ferrari's sweeping "1-2-3" victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1967. The Daytona replaced Ferraris aging 275 GTB/4 as their new flagship, top-of-the-line production model beginning in 1968. It was initially introduced to the world at the Paris Auto Salon in 1968 and would go on to be produced over a full five-year production run that would eventually see no less than 1,284 examples being completed making it even more rare than Ferraris F40 SuperCar.
Unlike Lamborghini's contemporary, all-new, mid-engined Miura, the Daytona was a traditional front-engined, rear-drive sport car that also saw significant success on the track. The engine, known internally by Ferrari as the Tipo 251 was developed from the earlier Colombo V12 used in the 275 GTB/4. Displacement was dramatically increased from 3.3-liters to 4.0-liters. Compression ration was also raised dramatically to 9.3:1 and it was officially rated at 352bhp which gave it a top speed of just shy of 175mph. The gearbox was a fully synchronized five-speed transaxle with a “ZF” limited slip differential. The transaxle was mounted in the rear for optimal weight distribution, and a four-wheel independent suspension featured wishbones and coil springs at all four corners.
Styling on Ferraris new Daytona was revolutionary in all regards. Although a Pininfarina design, as with many previous Ferrari road cars styled by Leonardo Fioravanti, the 365 GTB/4 was radically different, replacing the traditional rounded design with much more sharp-edged styling.
Early Daytonas featured fixed headlights behind an acrylic glass cover. A new U.S. safety regulation banning headlights behind covers resulted in retractable pop-up twin headlights from 1971 until the end of production.
Production of the Daytona ended in mid-1973 but private racing teams continued to have success with them over the next few years including a second overall finish at the 24 Hours of Daytona and many podium finishes at other prestigious races around the world. Not until 1980 was Ferraris last front engine GT racer finally retired from active racing.
This particular Ferrari Daytona is a standard production, North American Market model. It was assembled in in January of 1973 and delivered in September of 1973 making it one of the very last examples delivered new. This Daytona was ordered new by Bill Harrah's West Coast Ferrari Distributorship, Modern Classic Motors of Reno, Nevada. The original delivery specification as well as current specification was verified by the Ferrari Factory on November 29th, 2017. This confirmed the following details:
-Production Sequence No 1093
-Scaglietti Body No 1199
-Chassis No 16685
-Engine Type Tipo 251
-Engine No B2514
-Gearbox Type Tipo 605
-Gearbox No 1241
-Exterior Color “Rosso Chiaro 20-R-190 Salchi”
-Interior Color “Pelle Nera VM8500”
The original owner was James Culver of Seattle, Washington. Little is known about his ownership, however noted Ferrari collector and founder of Foreign Cars Italia in Greensboro, North Carolina, Steve Barney reported on September 17th, 1984 that the car was owned and offered for sale by Ms. Kim Culver in Seattle Washington. It is not known how she was related to James Culver but thought to be either his wife or daughter. It was described by her as an original USA version, red with black interior and had covered 26,500 miles from new.
In 1986, the Ferrari Owners Club of America ownership registry listed Mr. Roy K. Farris of Palm Desert, California as the current owner, but that was a typographical error. The car had in fact remained in Washington State where it had been sold new. The following year, in 1987, Portland, Oregon Ferrari dealer, Monte Shelton offered this Ferrari for sale describing it as red with black interior, completely original with all manuals plus documentation. Two sets of wheels and tires, Borranis and Star Mags.
Shortly thereafter this Ferrari was sold and purchased by a Japanese Museum Collection. Total mileage at the time of purchase was 28,600 miles. It was shipped to Japan and first road-registered there on April 12th, 1988. It was issued Nagoya plates “33 1557.” The original Japanese owner was the world-famous museum collector, Mr. Takeo Kato. The vehicle was a prominent fixture in his collection for the next six years until being sold to a prominent Ferrari dealer, Motoyama Corporation in Gifu City. The sale took place on July 19th, 1993 and the vehicle was issued new Gifu plates “33 365.” Just shy of one year later, on June 28th, 1994 the vehicle registration was transferred with in the Motoyama corporation but the vehicle remained on the Gifu registration plates issued previously. Again on September 4th, 1996, a transfer took place again within the company and then again on May 30th, 1997. A final transfer within the Motoyama Corporation took place on August 6th, 2004. On September 1st, 2008, Motoyama Corporation sold this Ferrari to a dealer in Chome City. New plates “300 8930” were then issued for the vehicle. Less than one month later, on October 16th, 2008, another dealer in Fukuoka purchased this Ferrari. It was then registered again on Fukuoka City plates “300 3957.” The vehicle remained owned by this dealer and on the same plates but registration was changed on October 1st, 2010. This occurred again on October 17th, 2014. On March 19th, 2015, this Ferrari was purchased by another dealer in Gunma. It was then issued Gunma City plates “330 365.” The same company then re-registered the vehicle using the sam plates on August 6th, 2015. On April 25th, 2016 this Ferrari was sold to a dealer in Tokyo and registered there on plates “399 9812.” It would remain with this dealer and on these plates until our recent purchase on September 25th, 2018.
The Japanese registration records provide the following recored mileage entries:
-April 28th, 1988 28,600 Miles
-December 20th 2015 30,700 Miles
-November 4th, 2016 30,800 Miles
-August 6th, 2017 30,800 Miles
-September 25th, 2017 30,849 Miles
From the above history and Japanese records, it would appear that this vehicle has had two known private US owners and two US dealer owners. The registration records from Japan are highly detailed and document Just a single private owner, the famous Ferrari collector, Takeo Kato and four different Ferrari dealer owners during the 29 years it spent in Japan prior to our purchase. The history and registration records also document the vehicles mileage through the years. The current indicated 30,849 miles showing on the odometer is therefore believed to be accurate and correct.
Daytona 16685 Restoration:
From November of 2009 until to October of 2016,this Ferrari underwent a complete and total restoration by Art Sports Corporation Ltd. in Osaka, Japan with additional work being carried out by “European Version” in Hakata, Japan. Art Sports is one of the world's most famous Sports, Racing, Classic and Exotic automobile dealerships. They were founded in 1981 as a spin-off to their main business, ART PLUS Co., Ltd., which was also based in Osaka. There main business beginning in the late 1970s was the sale of home appliances, packaging and package material as well as catalog sales of both. By the early 1980s, flush with influx of cash, company founders turned their part-time hobby of classic Ferraris and other collectible automobiles into one of Japan's most famous dealers, service and restoration centers.
The restoration was a massive undertaking without consideration for expense or time. There are many, many pages of invoices, notes and records documenting the extensive work lavished on this Ferrari, all of which including all of the original registration and ownership records that will accompany the vehicle when sold. The restoration involved the compete mechanical overhaul of the vehicle as well as interior. Only the exterior paint was not completed which is now being attended to with a full and complete repaint to the as delivered new color of, “Rosso Chiaro 20-R-190 Salchi."
Daytona 16685 Today:
Our company has been aware of this particular Ferrari Daytona for more than a year. We had it inspected and aggressively tried to negotiate a purchase but were not able to come to an agreement until finally in late September of this year. This Ferrari has less than 200 miles on the odometer since the completion of the full mechanical restoration. Please review the inspection photos carefully as they provide an excellent overview of the entire vehicle as well as its quality and condition. The original books and manuals remain with the vehicle and a took kit is also include with the purchase. The remaining paintwork is expected to be completed later this month.
All of this Ferrari's individual assembly details including the engine internal number, transaxle internal number, hidden body number, options and color combination were submitted to Ferrari for verification and all details confirmed by Ferrari to match the vehicle's original construction details. The Ferrari Factory has invited and encourages the next owner to submit the vehicle for full “Red Book” certification in their “Classiche" program.