V12 Goodness – 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
The phone rings countless times a day, and every single time we have no idea what the person on the other end is going to ask for. Fairly often the voice on the other end will talk of a car that we have never heard of (and google quickly springs into action). But there is always one brand that pips my [Andy] attention more than most, Ferrari, and more specifically pre 2000s Ferraris. So you can imagine my excitement when the words Ferrari 365 were uttered, followed by GBT/4 which changes things somewhat. Possibly to this date my favorite car that has passed through the workshop.
Generally referred to as the Ferrari Daytona, This V12 powered Italian grand tourer is possibly one of the best examples in the UK. This specific car “MPB 125K” is one of a mere 158 examples supplied in right-hand drive, and then one of as many as 15 examples finished in the “Argento Auteuil” (light blue) paintwork. and boasts less than 40,000 miles from new and will get collectors excited when “matching numbers” is dropped into conversation.
As low as the milage and as good as the condition, the 47 years have taken their toll on the exhaust system. Which was in the politest way possible “an overpriced mash of factory system combined with aftermarket sections” And to get an off the shelf replacement would cost as much as used VW Golf.
So we set to work, Now when this car arrived it has 8 silencers and was a quad system, We decided to keep the quad system but used twin silencers to reduce the overall number to a mere 6 silencers. The 4.4 V12 is a noise engine and these 6 silencers give it that much-needed increase in sound over the stock noise, but keeping it at comfortable noise for when Sir is traveling cross country.
The quad system weaves its way around the chassis and utilizes the original design leather exhaust hangers.
The exhaust exits in the twin slash-cut pipes that are slightly upswept to make the best use of those classic Ferrari angles.
Of course, you want to hear how it sounds!