In the early 1970’s, this Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona was the ultimate incarnation of the front engined, rear wheel drive sports car. The bonnet of the car, which contains a 352 horsepower engine, extended for almost half the Daytona’s total length, leaving only a short cockpit and tiny boot. This Ferrari was not a practical day-to-day sports car with stories of air conditioning the froze the limbs off those nearest the vents and a clutch change that required Herculean strength.
All that did not deter collectors as the Daytona’s top speed of 275 km/h exceeded that of its main rivals including the Lamborghini Muira, Maserati Ghibli and De Tomaso Mangusta. The Daytona was designed by Pininfarina and built in Modena (Italy) by Scaglietti. A black version of the Daytona Spyder famously featured as Sonny Crockett’s wheels in the 1980’s television series Miami Vice.
This car was photographed outside Single Origin Roasters in Surry Hills.