1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Daytona Prototype

During the late sixties, Ferraris road-oriented berlinettas split from their race cars in terms of design. After the 250 short wheelbase, the dual purpose road / race Ferrari seemed gone. This new distinction motivated Ferrari to manufacture more civil road cars having impressive specification. The first example following this new trend was the 275 GTB.

As unveiled at the 1964 Paris Motor Show, the 275 sported race-inspired engineering. Features such as all-independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, a five speed transaxle and an optional alloy body distinguished the 275 from the much larger and heavier 330 GTC built beside it.

Being light, powerful and strikingly beautiful, the 275 was a very successful car for Ferrari. It sold well, with around 1000 examples made, and, as an afterthought, scored victories in endurance racing after the 250 LM was denied homologation. For these reasons, Ferrari used the 275 as a traditional basis for their next gran turismo.

The 275 Daytona Prototipos

After Lamborghini’s launch of the mid-engine Miura, the 275 quickly showed its age. Ferrari responded with the quad-cam 275 GTB/4, but couldn’t match the outrageousness of the Lamborghini.

Not soon after the Miura launch, Leonardo Fioravanti of Pininfarina started new Ferrari sketches in late 1966. The initial design laid out the character of things to come: Fioravanti’s lines held to Ferrari tradition. His car was front-engined, having classic proportions similar to that on the 275 GTB. Keeping their traditional design language reinforced Ferrari’s position to offer more than just outrageous styling.

After achieving a 1-2-3 finish at the 1967 Daytona, with the 330 P4s finishing ahead of the Ford GT40 Mark IIs, Enzo decided to name the 275 successor the Daytona. Despite his attempts to cover up the name after a ‘press leak’, the name unofficially stuck around.

The first Daytona, built in late 1967, was executed on 275 GTB/4 chassis #10287. Scaglietti built a unique body which featured a 275 nose but was completely new from the windshield back. An engine was installed in the chassis which featured a 330, 4.4 liter block but had a three valve head. The resulting engine, called the tipo 243, was unique to chassis #10287.

A sister car built on 275 GTB chassis #11001 was also bodied by Scaglietti. It again had a 275 nose on the Daytona theme, but this time had flat headlight covers. Unlike #10287, this car featured the standard GTB/4 engine.

Daytonas built after the two Scaglietti test cars, featured the standard Daytona frame, tipo 251 engine and covered headlights. The first Pininfarina prototype, the third Daytona made, was shown at the 1968 Paris Auto Salon and the production version was released at the 1969 New York Auto Show.

Remarkably, both the 275 Scaglietti prototypes survive today. The red car seen above is the first Daytona, chassis #10287.

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Specs & Performance

submitted byRichard Owen
typeConcept / Prototype Car
engineOne-Of Tipo 243 V12 w/Dry Sump Lubrication, Twin Spark Ignition
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetrainDOHC, 3 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed6 Weber 40 DCN 9 Carburettors
displacement4380 cc / 267.3 in³
body / frameSteel Body over Tipo 596 Tubular Steel Chassis
driven wheelsRWD w/Limited Slip Differential
front tires205VR14
rear tires205VR14
front brakesDunlop Discs
rear brakesDunlop Discs
front wheelsF 35.6 x 17.8 cm / 14.0 x 7 in
rear wheelsR 35.6 x 17.8 cm / 14 x 7 in
steeringWorm & Roller
f suspensionUnequal A-Arms w/Coil Springs, Tubular Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionUnequal A-Arms w/Coil Springs, Tubular Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight1100 kg / 2425 lbs
wheelbase2400 mm / 94.5 in
front track1401 mm / 55.2 in
rear track1417 mm / 55.8 in
length4410 mm / 173.6 in
width1720 mm / 67.7 in
transmissionRear-Mounted 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.076:1, 2.119:1, 1.572:1, 1.250:1, 1.038:1
final drive3.555:1
top speed~268 kph / 166.5 mph
0 – 60 mph~6.2 seconds

Further Reading & Sources

Sheehan, Mike. ‘Ferrari’s Daytona Prototypes’. Ferrari Market Letter, Vol 21. 1996
Goodfellow, Winston. ‘Daytona Genesis’. Forza, Vol 10. 1998
Lyons, Pete. ‘365 GTB/4 Daytona’. Cavallino, Vol 61. 1991

Story by Richard Owen, #10287 captured by Dirk de Jager