The Daytona is one of my all-time favorite cars. I actually bought my 1970 C3 Corvette in part because it was a relatively affordable entry into the world of early 70s big-engine GT cars. And I’m finding more and more that the early (non-disco) C3 and the Ferrari Daytona are closer in spec than you might think.
Firstly, I was shocked to learn that the Ferrari actually weighs more than the C3. The Daytona weighs in at a hefty 3,500/3,600 pounds depending on which source you trust while a 1970 small-block four-speed Corvette weighs around 3,350 pounds.
The Corvette was of course available with nearly a dozen different engines from 1968-71 but the hot small blocks made between 350 and 375 horsepower. That exactly matches the 350-horsepower output of a road-spec Daytona.
The similarities in power and weight are mirrored in their performance. Both run to 60-mph in around 5.5 seconds and the Daytona takes 13.8 seconds to clear the 1/4 mile while the small-block Corvette does it in just about the same time.
The biggest area of difference in terms of performance is top speed. With an overdrive 5th gear, the Daytona can run all the way to 173 mph. The Corvette will run out of gear by about 140 mph depending on the rear end ratio.
There are also the stylistic similarities. Both have cab-rearward proportions with long hoods, both have four round tail-lights, and both have pop-up headlights in US spec.
So there you have it, the C3 is a discount Daytona.