1970 Ferrari 365

GTB/4 ‘Daytona’


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    Argento Auteuil ‘106-E-1
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• Presented in classic and original Argento Auteuil ‘106-E-1’ with Rosso leather
• Delivered new to Swiss resident Dr Leo Bernasconi via Garages Filipinetti in Geneva on 16 May 1970
• Five owners and documented, continuous history
• Odometer showing 60,000km, believed total distance covered from new
• French registered; recently serviced by French Ferrari specialist Franck Opderbeck

“It’s a hard-muscled thoroughbred, the Daytona – easily the most awesome and yet disciplined road-going Ferrari in that firm’s brilliant quarter century of existence. The Daytona isn’t fast – it’s blinding. It will eat up a quarter-mile of asphalt in 13.2 seconds at 110mph and scream out to 175mph.” Racing driver and Car and Driver columnist Patrick Bedard on the new Ferrari 365 GTB/4 in January 1970

Catalogued for only five years, the bruising 365 GTB/4 was another potent berlinetta from Maranello in the great tradition of GT Ferraris. It was as comfortable on the racetrack – a rock-solid endurance legend at Le Mans, the Tour de France Automobile and Daytona – as it was on serious European road trips, eating up mile after mile of route nationale from one deluxe 5* stop to another.

Presented in its original and elegant silver with a contrasting red interior, this is a fine example, first delivered to a Swiss-Italian doctor living in Ticino in May 1970, its first of five owners.

The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’

It took Ferrari a while after it ceased production of its first four-cam production car, the 275 GTB/4, to launch a replacement, but the wait was worth it.

The new Ferrari 365 GTB/4 revealed at the October 1968 Paris Salon was a classic berlinetta; long bonnet, close-coupled cockpit, abrupt transom, and powerful haunches. And under that bonnet sat a 4.4-litre, four-cam V12, a 352bhp powerhouse capable of pulling the big car on to 170mph+. A speed at which, as Brock Yates on the Cannonball Run can attest, Maranello’s finest would be rock-solid.

The name ‘Daytona’ was soon applied to the new car by the press in celebration of Maranello’s dominant 1-2-3 at the Daytona 24 Hours in 1967. And the Daytona had features taken straight from the race-track: dry-sump engine; five-speed transaxle; six Weber carburettors; five-spoke ‘pointed star’ alloy wheels as seen on Ferrari’s F1 and racing sports cars.

The first Daytonas were delivered in mid-1969 and, until the model was discontinued in 1973, Ferrari sold 1,284 coupés, mostly in left-hand drive. Apart from racing cars, road versions were built by Scaglietti in steel with alloy bonnets, boots and doors. Early cars had their headlamps under the famous Plexiglas front – later replaced by pop-up lights – while North American Daytonas were ‘smog-equipped’ with a raft of emissions equipment to legalise the engine. These cars also had side-marker lamps and a variety of other safety measures that detract from the purity of Leonardo Fioravanti’s original design.

Today, the 365 GTB/4 Daytona most prized by collectors is a Plexiglas car to European specification. And preferably in one of the more subtle metallic colours such as blue, dark red or silver, the choice of this car’s first owner in 1970

This Motor Car

According to extensive documentation that accompanies this car, Ferrari issued a ‘Bulletin de Garantie’ number 4391/1951 on 16 May 1970 for Ferrari 365 GTB/4 chassis 13345, engine 13345. The car’s owner was named as Dr Leo Bernasconi of Via Castelletto 7, 6924 Sorengo. Switzerland. Sorengo is a municipality in the district of Lugano in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland, near to the Italian border.

The paperwork is stamped with the name and address of the national importer, Société Anonyme pour la Vente des Automobiles Ferrari (SAVAF), Georges Filipinetti’s company in Geneva.

Interestingly, the three ‘Bon’ post-purchase small inspection services were carried out by Aldo Sonvico Automobili of Lugano, most likely the supplying garage. The famous Galleria restaurant-bar was located in same building as the Aldo Sonvico Garage showroom, and this was a popular hang-out for up-and-coming drivers in the 1960s. Sonvico and the Amilcare Martinelli Garage from Chiasso were the Swiss Maserati importers. As the Martinelli + Sonvico Racing Team, it ran a young Clay Regazzoni in single-seaters.

Dr Bernasconi kept the Ferrari until April 1976, selling it to Swiss-Italian dealer Garage Mozzetti of Gordola, another small town in Ticino. Proprietor Giansiro Mozzetti was a passionate Ferrarista and his garage played host to many famous cars including the ex-Penske Racing Sunoco-sponsored 512 M when owned by Peter Heuberger.

The silver Daytona clearly meant more to Mozzetti than merely ‘stock’: he owned the Daytona for exactly 30 years. In April 2006, ownership passed to Nicolas Moreau de Melen of Braine-l'Alleud in central Belgium. A letter confirming the sale of the car notes an odometer reading of 46,000km “garantiti” – guaranteed. During its time in Belgium, the Ferrari was cared for by the top classic Ferrari race-preparation company owned by Christophe Van Riet, Gipimotor.

In April 2009 ‘13345’ was sold to German national Dr E Moritz Spilker, who registered it in the name of his Hamburg company Steeldex AG. Now bearing the German mark HH-GT350H, the car was immediately inspected by Fernandes Oldtimertechnik GmbH and an invoice for €2,940.55 dated 11 May 2009 confirms kilometres covered to be 47,653. Further invoices from Fernandes and annual inspections reveal that by October 2013 the odometer reading was 55,279km.

The car remained in Hamburg until October 2016 when it passed to its fifth and final owner to date. Now located in Paris and registered EG-295-ND, ‘13345’ was soon sent to noted French coachworks Carrosserie Lecoq for mild restoration work. Totalling some €50,000, the process took most of 2017 and all invoices from this period confirm mileage as 56,464km.

The following September, at 59,987km, official Ferrari agent Charles Pozzi attended to various matters on the car to the total of €3,019.22.

In autumn 2021 it received comprehensive mechanical work by Ferrari expert Franck Opderbeck, the experienced engine specialist in the Île-de-France trusted by Carrosserie Lecoq.

Today, this handsome 1970s supercar is ready for action; a ‘Plexi’ Daytona for fast driving and long-term appreciation.