Bitter from multiple sports car racing defeats at the hands of the potent Ford GT40 in 1966, Ferrari was determined to change course in 1967.
Ferrari had high hopes their upgraded P series prototypes would be the winning ticket for the first round of the 1967 World Sportscar Championship, the 24 Hours of Daytona.
The Ferraris were indeed the right configuration, as the Ferrari P series prototypes, led by Lorenzo Bandini and Chris Amon in a Ferrari P4, took home the top three spots, culminating with a triumphant side-by-side-by-side parade finish.
Ferrari must have thought that they again had the upper hand in sports car racing after their strong Daytona performance. But as they would soon find out, the victory at Daytona was the highlight of the racing season, as the new GT40 Mk IV put Ford back in the winner’s circle.
To celebrate the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona triumph, the press expected Ferrari to name its upcoming V12-powered road car “Daytona”, although they opted for the traditional number sequence. Nevertheless, today the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 is now better known as the Daytona.
1967 24 Hours of Daytona Photo Gallery
[Source: photo credit: Al Wolford]