Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona
The Ferrari Daytona, officially the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 was made from 1968 to 1973. It was introduced at the Paris Auto Salon in 1968 to replace the 275 GTB/4, and featured the 275's Colombo V12 bored out to 4,390 cc. It was offered in berlinetta and spyder forms. Ferrari produced a racing version with aluminium bodywork in three batches of five cars each between 1970 and 1973. The cars were not raced by the official Scuderia Ferrari team, but by a range of private entrants. They enjoyed particular success in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with results including a 5th overall in 1971, followed by GT class wins in 1972, 1973 and 1974. In 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4s took the first 5 places of the GT class. The final major success of the car was in 1979 (five years after production ended), when a 1973 car achieved a class victory (2nd overall) in the 24 Hours of Daytona.
323 Racing Number 81
No.323, The Ferrari Daytona 365 GTB/4 was in the Corgi range from 1973 to 1978. The colour was always white, red & blue with racing number 81. There are no known variations.
324 1972 24h Le Mans
This model is a curious example of life imitating art, there actually was a Daytona entered in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race in 1973 jointly sponsored by Corgi and JCB. Is this a model of the 1:1 racer or was the Le Mans racer a full size version of this toy? The Ferrari was driven by Neil Corner & Willie Green. It retired from the race after 18 hours with a blown gearbox. There were several versions of this casting released by Corgi under a range of model numbers. This one, 324, was produced from 1973 to 1975 and there are no listed variations.
300 Racing Number 5
The model has been around for a number of years now, being previously released as 323 which ran from 1974 to 1978, and is being re-released here in a new set of racing colours. The No.300 version of the Ferrari was released in March 1979 and remained in the range until the Corgi receivership in 1983. It is not a rare or sought after model and there are no listed variations.
GS29 Duckhams Racing Set
In 1975 the Daytona is paired with a matching blue and yellow Surtees TS9 (released under model no.150 which was produced in the core range from 1972 to 1974). The set is completed with the usual Corgi low-loader racing car trailer, this time painted yellow. The set remained in the range for one year being deleted in 1976. The set is very hard to find and values are high.
|Corgi Toys 323; Ferrari Daytona 365 GTB/4; White, Red & Blue Decals, RN81||Corgi Toys 324; Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona; 1973 24h Le Mans DNF; JCB/Corgi, Corner & Green; RN33||Corgi Toys 300; Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona; Green; RN5||Corgi Toys GS29; Duckhams Racing Set; Ferrari Daytona & Surtees TS9|