The Paris Motor Show is only held every other year — so in celebration of the 2010 show starting later this week, we’ve round up some of our favorite Parisian debuts from years past.
Think you can identify the car above? Send us your best guess via the comments section below. We’ll reveal the answer tomorrow, along with a new car from the Parisian show’s past.
Did You Name Yesterday’s Paris Show Star?
Italian automakers have produced some of the most beautiful cars of all time, and yesterday’s Paris show star, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, is no exception.
Ferrari introduced the 365 GTB/4 Daytona at the 1968 Paris Motor Show as a replacement for the 275 GTB/4. It was powered by a 4.4-liter V-12 that, with the help of six Weber two-barrel carburetors, produced 352 horsepower and 318 pound-feet of torque. That power was, of course, transferred to the ground through the rear wheels and a five-speed manual transmission.
Early cars featured the acrylic headlight cover seen in the detail photo yesterday, but the U.S. outlawed headlight covers in 1971, prompting Ferrari to install the more commonly seen mechanical pop-up headlights.
Production of the 365 GTB continued until 1973. With only 1406 units produced, the 365, like many Ferraris, has become a true collector’s car. Real 365s regularly exceed transaction prices of $250,000, and this silver 1970 model sold at an RM Auctions event in 2009 for $283,000.
Photographs provided by RM Auctions
- By Andrew Peterson