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1968 Ferrari 365 GTB 4

It was said that he was only supposed to close the gap between the 275 GTB 4 and the 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer. Its design came from Leonardo Fioravanti (Pininfarina). It was nicknamed 'Daytona' not by Ferrari itself, but by the press when it was introduced at the 1968 Paris Motor Show after the one-two-three victory in the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona.

It was still the old Colombo design, garnished with six Weber twin carburettors with air funnels under the huge air filter. The engine was made of aluminum with steel liners. In order to keep the hood as flat as possible, it had dry sump lubrication. In the USA the compression ratio was 8.8:1, taking the local octane numbers into account.

The car was originally intended to have a plexiglass covering around the headlights. However, this failed due to the approval authorities in the USA. Presumably also because of the required height of the headlights, the car was one of the first to have pop-up headlights.

Here is the bodyshell with the installed twelve-cylinder engine with a powerful radiator and the brake booster. The way the unit disappears into the engine compartment shows well the principle of the design of the body with a long hood and a relatively short glass house. However, one would not believe that this car, despite being a protruding coupe, only has the wheelbase of a VW Beetle.

You can study the technology of the planked tubular frame on an older Ferrari. On the 365, the tubes also had an oval cross-section. Except for one aluminum body ever built, it was always made of steel, initially only the doors and hood were made of aluminum.

If you wanted to create a small ranking of Ferrari's most beautiful classic bodies, then the 365 GTB 4 certainly belongs in, if not in the highest rank. Anyone who has taken a closer look at it will not easily forget it and will have little trouble combining it with the image of a typical Ferrari of that time.

Instead of GTB for 'Berlinetta', the convertible is called GTS for 'Spider'. When the top was closed it got darker here because the rear side windows were missing. The dashboard was also slightly changed. Below is the closed version again.

Below you can see how this Ferrari hides its headlights, here again the GTS version. The question remains whether this position enables headlight flashing. Or do you have to extend the headlights every time and accelerate a little more because the car then slows down. Or does a Ferrari simply not need a headlight flasher?

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