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These are the cars that inspired the lovely new Ferrari Daytona SP3

The new Daytona stands on the shoulders of racing giants

  • 330 P3

    Ferrari 330 P3

    Stylistic references to the Daytona-winning Ferrari 330 was pretty much guaranteed by the name, so to find the new Daytona has the same wraparound windscreen and targa roof as its racing forebear is hardly a shock. The same rear-mid-engine layout means the sinuous lines of the wheel arches rise above the height of the bonnet and door line. Perfectly functional, yes, but also flipping pretty.

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  • 330 P4

    Ferrari 330 P4

    To say the 330 P3 and P4 looked alike would be like saying identical twins look alike. But when you have a shape like the P3, would you really rush to change it? Small changes included a slightly shorter chassis, better suspension and a more powerful engine. Just to confuse the issue, Ferrari ran cars with P4 engines in P3 chassis, which is how we get a 330 P3/4 winning Daytona.

  • 312 P

    Ferrari 312 P

    Similar visual cues here – high haunches, low nose and wraparound canopy. But the 312 P’s most successful cars were coupes, not targas. And Porsche pretty comprehensively blew the 312 P out of the water with the 908. But that doesn’t mean you can’t reference the spectacular styling – we’re thinking the front vents do a fine homage to the 312 P Berlinetta’s NACA ducts.

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  • 512 S

    Ferrari 512 S

    Ferrari’s insistence on open-top endurance racers is... well, ‘admirable’ is the closest word to what we’re thinking. Nevertheless, the 512 S Spyder – as driven by John Surtees in the 1000km of Nurburgring – is a captivating thing and a fine piece of Ferrari to reference.

  • 512 M

    Ferrari 512 M

    For those not already familiar, a capital M at the end of a Ferrari stands for Modificata, or that it’s been modified. It could be argued that it’s also a tacit admission that the original car wasn’t good enough, but we’ll leave that where it is. In any case, the 512 M got better brakes, better suspension, better fuel economy and more power. As for the shape, it’s very much still a gorgeous 512, just lower and more aerodynamic. The Daytona’s long-deck tail has to have at least some basis in the 512 M’s delectable derriere, no?

  • 350 Can-Am

    Ferrari 350 Can-Am

    The 350 Can-Am is actually a 330 P4 that’s been rejigged and press-ganged into service in the Canadian-American Challenge Cup. But, ironically enough for Ferrari, the 4.2-litre V12 – as far as the 330’s engine could go and still hold together – just wasn’t big or powerful enough to compete with the big-displacement Can-Am cars. If only there was a second competition for prettiest on the parc ferme, no?

  • ... and, surely, the Testarossa?

    Ferrari Testarossa

    Ferrari hasn’t mentioned it, but surely, surely, there’s more than a little of the glorious Eighties Testarossa about the new Daytona, no? You can’t just put strakes on a Ferrari and not give us flashbacks to fleeing the cops in the original Need for Speed in... well, what else?

    And yes, fine – it’s more likely a nod to Pininfarina’s 250 P5 concept. But it’s like the old saying: if you hear hooves, you think Ferrari Testarossas. Or something like that.

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  • No love for the original Daytona?

    Ferrari 365 GTB/4

    Well, nothing official, anyways. Which is likely because what you, we and most everyone knows as the Daytona was never christened as such by Ferrari – the official nomenclature is Ferrari 365 GTB/4. Then there’s the inescapable fact that the not-Daytona was front-engined and the new, official Daytona is mid-engined. And, as our man Barlow puts it, “Ferrari is pathologically opposed to retro".

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