1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4SOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $900,000-$1,100,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $1,056,000

352bhp 4,380 cc double overhead cam V-12 engine with six 40DCN20 Weber carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400mm (94.5")

Alongside the 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta, Ferrari also produced a small series of 365 GTB/4 Spyders. These are among the most sought after open Ferraris and have always been held in high regard. It was a worthy successor to the previous 275 GTB/4 and was quickly nicknamed ‘ Daytona ’ in recognition of Ferrari ’ s one-two-three win at the 24- hour race the previous year.

Road & Track magazine summed up the Daytona ’ s attributes succinctly, subheading their October 1970 Road Test, “ The fastest, and best, GT is not necessarily the most exotic. ” It was still a front-engined, rear wheel drive berlinetta but what a sublime, powerful and highly developed berlinetta it was.

The V12 engine was barely recognizable as being derived from Gioacchino Colombo ’ s twenty-year old design. It was lengthened to accommodate the 81mm bore needed to achieve nearly 4.4 liters of displacement, it was fitted with twin cam cylinder heads for high rpm and breathed freely through a sextet of Weber 40 DCN 20 carburetors. And yet, with power brakes, air conditioning, and leather interior, it was also a high speed "gentleman ’ s express." One of the last hand-built Ferraris, the Daytona is also one of the most iconic Ferraris of all time.

The first “ Daytona Spyder ” was presented at the 44th Annual IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt on September 11, 1969. The example shown was finished in yellow with the concave bodyline finished in black, and featured Borrani wire wheels. The rear wings were squared-off on the top edges, losing some of the roundness of the Berlinetta and subtly altering the accent of the bodyline. The first 365 GTB/4 Spyder was fitted with the Perspex covered headlights, although all further Daytona Spyders were fitted with the pop-up headlights.

In all, Ferrari produced just 121 Daytona Spyders plus the prototype. 96 units were destined for the U.S. market and only 25 were built to European specifications (seven of which were right hand drive). Clearly, the bulk of production was destined for Ferrari ’ s most important export market, the USA. This particular example, chassis number 17045, is one such rare and enormously desirable Spyder variant. Of the 122 Spyders produced, this is the 108th; that is to say, it was the fourteenth to last to be completed late in 1973. It was, however, not sold new until 1974 to John von Neumann of California who received shipment of the Rosso Dino Ferrari with tan leather interior, one of only two finished in those colors. By June of 1996 it had accumulated less than 10,000 miles and by 2001 had been owned by three more dedicated Ferrari owner- enthusiasts.

The Daytona Spyder completed its professional restoration within the last 12 months, which included being repainted in black and the installation of an all black leather interior. Most notably, 17045 has only accumulated 10,778 miles from new and, as such, behaves like a fit low mileage Ferrari should, and having very recently finished its cosmetic restoration, remains in outstanding visual condition. The quality of the brightwork and chrome is impressive, right down to the wire wheels. The same can be said for the interior, where black leather upholstery abounds throughout, highlighted by the three-spoke steering wheel and distinctive slotted Ferrari shifter.

Additional features present on the Daytona Spyder include air conditioning, a factory original tool roll, the owner ’ s and service manual, and the warranty books for both the Daytona and the Becker radio of Becker Autoradiowerk GmbH.

Many enthusiasts consider the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 to be the definitive front-engined sports car. It is the ultimate example of the traditional grand tourer, and undoubtedly a classic design. The open Spyder configuration is a favorite among the world ’ s Ferraristi; it is often mentioned as one of the cars most would like to own, and for very good reason, as Daytona Spyders have for many years been the world ’ s fastest convertibles. The combination of Ferrari ’ s superb engineering and Pininfarina ’ s design is hard to beat because this is a fabulous Ferrari, whether stationary or on the move. There are cars that look great but drive badly, and others that drive well but are not beautiful, but in the ownership of a Daytona Spyder can be had the best of both worlds.

Reference Number 10086

as of 6/1/2007

Car 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4
VIN 17045 
Exterior / Interior Color      Black /      Black 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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