Ferrari Daytona was unveiled in 1968, and since this is after the Lamborghini Miura set the template for all the future supercars with its rear-wheel-drive read mid-engine layout, Ferrari Daytona with its front-engine rear-wheel-drive layout, sort of felt like a little too traditional or even out of date.
The Ferrari Daytona was an evolution of its predecessor, the Ferrari 275 GTB/4, in terms of mechanical underpinnings.
Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina styled the Ferrari Daytona. The short deck, long hood body proportions along a Kamm tail made this two-seat car look more aggressive and muscular. The body featured many aerodynamic tweaks to provide the best aerodynamic drag efficiency possible.
The huge cooling slats in the bonnet, swooping front indicators, heavily curved front fascia, and the rear, can easily transfix the beholder.
Even today, Ferrari Daytona is still considered one of the most beautiful supercars ever built. It is safer to say that Ferrari Daytona set the template for Italian supercar styling at the time. Its design elements were then openly copied by designers around the world. Classic American muscle cars also used body styling heavily influenced by the body proportions of the Ferrari Daytona.
The body was largely made out of steel by Scaglietti and underpinned a tubular frame chassis. The wheelbase was still identical at 94.5 inches, but the track was widened by 0.5 inches.
The suspension setup was similar to its predecessors. The front and rear suspension setups featured upper and lower wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers, and widened anti-roll bars.
Vented Girling disc brakes were also standard all around with dual split servo assistance. Wheels were of five-spoke light-alloy construction wrapped in 215/70×15 Michelin XAS tires.
A 4.4-liter Colombo V12 engine was chosen to power the Ferrari Daytona. This venerable Colombo V12 engine featured double overhead camshafts and six down draught Webers, twin coils, and distributors. This powertrain setup is considered the best performing and most powerful iteration of the long-lived Colombo V12.
The V12 powertrain was then mated to a five-speed manual trans-axle gearbox to deliver the power to the rear wheels. The power output was rated at 352 horsepower at 7500rpm and maximum torque of 318 lb-ft at 5500rpm.
The top speed of the Ferrari Daytona was officially rated at 175mph. 0-60mph was achieved in mid-five seconds. 0-100mph was achieved in 12.5 seconds.
Ferrari Daytona was the fastest production car within its five-year production run.
The Interior was better equipped and provided easier access when compared to the Lamborghini Miura. With great frontal visibility, ample legroom, and spacious interior with lavish leather trimming all around made this car more suitable for long-distance traveling. The refined interior clearly stated that the Ferrari listened more carefully to its customers.
The dashboard featured a large speedometer and a tachometer, split by four auxiliary gauges. Two additional gauges surrounded the whole instrument setup from both sides. These gauges were housed in an oval-shaped binnacle to provide better visibility. The three-spoke steering was leather-wrapped for maximum comfort.
The total curb weight was 1585 kg.
Ferrari Daytona Group 4
Despite being launched in 1968, Ferrari Daytona didn’t compete in racing events until 1972. It was homologated with a reworked engine, now delivering 402 horsepower. The racing variant also received several aerodynamic tweaks to further improve the aerodynamic drag efficiency.
Ferrari Daytona dominated its class at the 1972 24 hours of Le Mans, taking all the first five places. Then the Ferrari Daytona appeared in the 1972 Tour de France event.
The eight-day Tour de France event had a combination of circuit racing, hill climbs, special rally stages, and long road sections. This combination of various tracks, roads, and rally stages offered a truly unique challenge. To win the Tour de France event, a car had to be good at everything.
Ferrari Daytona cars driven by Jean-Claude Andruet and Vic Elford dueled for victory in track racing events, hill climbing events, and finished with 1st and 2nd places. Vic Elford had to retire after an off at the Ballo d’Alsace special stage and this left Jean-Claude Andruet clear to win the first place.
Ferrari Daytona GTS/4
The total production of Daytona cars according to the Ferrari historians is 1406, includes 156 UK spec right-hand-drive coupés, 122 factory-made Spyder variants, of which 7 are right-hand-drive, and 15 competition cars.
Since the mid-1980s and early 1990s, there has mostly been a considerable market price difference between a real Berlinetta and a real Spyder. Many Berlinettas were converted into Spyders by after-market mechanics, often to increase the car’s monetary value or simply because of the owner’s preference for an open car. Differences in value have typically remained, however, even after the most skillful conversions.