Friday, 4 September 2015

Ferrari Daytona Shooting Brake

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Ferrari estate cars are few and far between, and this shiny little poppet has the honour of being the first Ferrari to be built in the UK. The 1972 Daytona (real name 365 GTB/4, of course) was originally delivered to the USA, received by the Philadelphia area dealer Chinetti-Garthwaite; the story goes that one day in the early seventies, a local real estate developer by the name of Bob Gittleman walked into the dealership and asked for 'something a little different'. Luigi 'Coco' Chinetti was eager to oblige and, having some considerable clout in the sale and development of Ferraris in North America, rolled his sleeves up and set about creating something truly special. A custom shooting brake was penned, and since Chinetti Motors were official importers of Panther Cars at the time (they of the outlandish and imaginatively named six-wheeler, the Panther Six), and Chinetti was impressed by the facilities at the Panther Westwinds base in Surrey, he handed them the job.

Panther's remodelling retained very little of the original Daytona's body, save for the generously proportioned bonnet, A-pillars and doors, and their creative approach to rear accessibility saw the deployment of a pair of roof-hinged beetle-wing windows rather than a traditional tailgate. The interior was substantially reworked too, with the instruments mounted in a bespoke wood-laden console. The vast rear glass was a shop window for the speedboat-style wooden decking within, and up front the gruff Daytona heart beats with renewed vigour: the 4.4-litre quad-cam V12 offers up a meaty 352bhp at 7,200rpm, allowing it to sprint to 60mph in under six seconds. Although you wouldn't be doing that, of course - being a shooting brake, you'd be bumping it across the grounds of your estate, the rear end stuffed with freshly stunned grouse, right?

Spotted at Salon Privé 2015 - more photos here.

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