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Ferrari Daytona: A truly great car

Last updated on: January 18, 2012 13:28 IST

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The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona is frequently considered one of the last truly great front-engined GT cars made by the legendary Italian company.

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Image: The legendary Italian company is behind the beauty.
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From the front, the Daytona is low and wide. Though they were heavy, the pop-up headlamps give it a sleek, aerodynamic look.

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Image: From the front, the Daytona is low and wide.
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This side view shows the classic profile. A long hood and short rear overhang has been imitated in GT cars ever since.

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Image: This side view shows the classic profile.
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This car features Borrani Wire Wheels, which give it a great touring look but are also a pain to keep clean.

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Image: This car features Borrani Wire Wheels.
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The bodies were built specifically for the Spider by coachbuilder Scaglietti. These were built as bespoke cars, not just coupes with the roof cut off.

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Image: The bodies were built specifically for the Spider.
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But with the top up, it is apparent that the Daytona was not originally designed with a convertible in mind. It's missing the classic fastback body style that made the coupe famous.

This is one convertible that definitely looks better with the top down.

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Image: This is one convertible that definitely looks better with the top down.
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The 365 gets its name from the displacement of the cylinders in the engi#8800 each displaces 365 cubic centimetres. The 365 was fast for its time as well.

These cars had around 350 horsepower and could scoot to 60 mph in under six seconds.

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Image: The 365 was fast for its time as well.
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The interior looks inviting, but there are a few issues. The seats were affixed to the floor and the backs couldn't be adjusted.

The wheel didn't tilt and the steering and gear shift required could replace going to the gym; they were heavy and a workout.

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Image: The interior looks inviting.
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On the plus side, it did have air conditioning and power windows. The classic gated shift was in a reverse pattern. This made second gear and third, as well as fourth and fifth, line-up easily to facilitate quicker shifts on the race track or around town.


Image: The classic gated shift was in a reverse pattern.
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