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365 GTS4

The 365 GTB/4 was the replacement for the 275 GTB/4 model and made its public debut at the Paris motor show in the autumn of 1968. It almost immediately became known as the “Daytona”, although this was unofficial, given by the media of the time, in recognition of the Ferrari 1-2-3 victory in the Daytona 24-Hour Race in 1967. However, the unofficial name stuck

365 GTS4 at GTO House
365 GTS4 at GTO House

Almost a year after its introduction, a spider version, the 365 GTS/4, was announced at the 1969 Frankfurt Show, which was visually identical from the waist down, only the folding roof and boot profile being different. The spider version proved to be extremely popular, particularly in the American market, and from the time of its introduction accounted for about 10 per cent of 365 GTB/4 model sales. Since then a number of Berlinetta have had the roof cut to be converted to the spider variant, this vogue being particularly popular in the late 1980s. 

365 GTS4 Interior (Coupe Conversion)
365 GTS4 Interior (Coupe Conversion)

While there were many attempted conversions, four shops undertook the majority: Autokraft in England converted around 10 cars, Auto Sport in Modena converted about 25, Michael Sheehan’s European Auto completed 28 conversions and Richard Straman & Co. converted 35. A handful of cars completed by long forgotten shops meant there were a total of just over one hundred cut coupes. 

365 GTS4 Engine
365 GTS4 Engine

We are expert in the model having carried out ground-up, bare-metal restorations on a number of Dytona Spyders. We pride ourselves in preserving originality with many of our engineers being the first restorer of unmolested examples stretching back over the last thirty years.

Engine

Type: front, longitudinal 60⁰ V12
Bore and Stroke: 81 x 71mm
Total Displacement: 4,390cc
Compression Ratio: 8.8:1
Maximum Power: 347bhp at 7,500rpm

Chassis and Suspension

Frame: tubular steel
Front Suspension: independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Rear Suspension: independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
Brakes: discs
Gearbox: 5 speed + reverse
Front Tyres: 215/70 VR 15
Rear Tyres: 215/70 VR 15
Fuel Tank: 128 litres – 28.1 gallons

Dimensions and Weight

Type: spider
Wheelbase: 2,400mm
Front Track: 1,400mm
Rear Track: 1,453mm
Dry Weight: 1,200kg

Performance

Maximum Speed: 174 mph - 280 km/h