The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 made its first appearance to an enthusiastic world at the Paris Auto Salon in 1968. It was unofficially know as the “Daytona,” a name given to it by the media purportedly to celebrate Ferrari’s 1-2-3 finish at the 1967 Daytona 24 Hours. Like the earlier “Tour de France”, the name stuck.
Unlike its competitor, the mid-engined Miura, the Daytona was a traditional V12, front-engined, rear-drive Ferrari it was an evolution and the direct replacement for the 275 GTB/4. The Daytona utilized the 275 GTB/4’s Colombo 60° V12 bored out to 4.4 liters. With six Weber 40DCN carburetors spitting out 352 bhp at 7,500 rpm and 318ft-lbs of torque at 5,500rpm this powerplant was connected by torque tube to a 5-speed transaxle mounted in the rear making the overall weight distribution optimal.