The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ was a radical design for Ferrari and Pininfarina when it debuted in 1968. With sleek, modern lines, pop-up headlamps with integrated corner turn indicators, the 365 GTB/4 looked like no other Prancing Horse before it and remains one of Ferrari’s most iconic and polarizing designs.
The standard Daytona may have been a tad zany for typical for Ferrari tastes, but it has nothing on the one-off 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 ‘Shooting Brake’, which is to be auctioned by Gooding & Co this weekend. The car, based off of the 805th 365 GTB/4 produced, was designed by noted Ferrari dealer and racing driver Luigi Chinetti Jr. and built by British coachbuilding firm Panther Westwinds.
Chinetti was commissioned to design the car when architect Bob Gittleman walked into his dealership and requested something different than a run-of-the-mill Ferrari. Chinetti sketched up a shooting brake style Daytona with a large non-opening rear window, twin upward-opening glass panels for trunk access and a revised front fascia. After receiving the go-ahead from Gittleman, he called up Panther Westwinds in Surrey to have it built.
The exterior wasn’t the only part of the 365 GTB/4 that was heavily revised. The interior was also seriously worked over, with Westwinds repositioning the instrument to the center stack and trimming the dash in rich wood grain. The rear cargo deck was also fitted with wood panels and the seats reupholstered in more luxurious leather.
The unique Shooting Brake quickly caught the attention of the world’s motoring press after Gittleman took delivery in the winter of 1975. The car was featured on the cover of the Ferrari Club of America’s official magazine and was also the subject of an article in Road & Track.
Today the car shows less than 4,500 miles on the odometer and after receiving a full restoration in 2013, is in concours quality both inside and out. It will cross the auction block this weekend at Gooding & Co’s Monterey sale, where its new owner will pay at least $750,000 for the pleasure of having it in their garage.
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