1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4SOLD

Documented 7,000 Miles, Platinum Award Winner, Ferrari Classiche Certification

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1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 `Daytona` Spyder
s/n 16903
Black with Tan Leather

Originally shown at the Frankfurt motor show in 1969, the Daytona Spyder was almost instantly collectible. About 124 genuine Daytona Spyders were built, making them exceedingly rare finds, even when new. In spite of their rarity, or perhaps because of it, they found their way onto the silver screen on such memorable occasions as in `The Gumball Rally` (who can forget Raul Julia`s opinions on the topic of Italian driving: ``What is behind you is not important!``) and `Miami Vice` (even if that was a replica). As a result of the collector car boom of the late 80`s, many coupes were decapitated to replicate this legendary car and consequently, a genuine Spyder is an even more remarkable find today. They are certainly among the most coveted road-going Ferraris ever built and this car is an exceptional opportunity to acquire one.

This particular car is a spectacular documented original low mileage example that remains in excellent condition. The car is a US-specification model fitted with air conditioning, and aside from regular maintenance and a repaint approximately 20 years ago, the car is original. It was owned for many years by Mel Blanc (perhaps better known as the voice for many characters from Bugs Bunny to Daffy Duck to Barney Rubble), and has been in Southern California under the care of the same mechanic for the last approximately 18 years. The current owner purchased the car approximately eight years ago with 3500 miles on it and has had the car serviced annually, as well as fitted a correct new Ansa exhaust system. He has shown it several times and it has always won Platinum. The car comes with complete tools, books (including a `chassis service manual abstract`), and jack, as well as a set of correct Campagnolo alloy wheels, which wear the tires with which the car was originally delivered when new. Recently, this example has been issued Ferrari Classiche certification confirming its exceptionally original specification.

The car is in excellent cosmetic condition, with high quality paint over straight panels. The gaps are consistent and tight throughout, while the paint itself is extremely nice, with just a handful of small chips but no other appreciable wear. The chrome is similarly nice, with not pitting or other deterioration apparent. The glass, lights and lenses are excellent as well, including the four Cibie headlamps. The original top comes with the car, and a brand new canvas top has just been fitted. The Borrani wire wheels are spotless.

The interior is original and has been wonderfully preserved. The leather remains supple and uncracked, including the frequently worn area of the driver`s seat. The carpets are in excellent condition throughout, as is the dashboard, which is free from shrinkage, water marks, and significant fading. A period Becker Mexico radio is fitted, as is air conditioning, which blows very cold.

The engine compartment, trunk, and underside are all spectacular, and speak to the quality of this example. Where other examples are merely clean or presentable, this car is spectacular. The engine is spotless and highly original. There are no signs of any fluid leaks, and all components bear the correct stencils and decals, right down to the shocks that hold the hood open. All wiring and hoses appear as new, and all components are immaculately clean. The original Magnetti Marelli ignition boxes are present, and all finishes, including the cadmium plating, are unmarked. The trunk is equally lovely, with correctly fitting carpet and trunk lid lining, tools, books, jack, and detailed Borrani wire spare. Even beneath the floor of the trunk is spotless. The underside is similarly nice, with correct plating and finishes on all components, and minimal signs of leakage. The exhaust system is new, while the suspension, brakes, transaxle, and engine are all beautiful.

This is an opportunity to acquire a fantastic example of this important car. Daytona Spyders are very rare, and are certainly among the most coveted and usable road-going Ferraris ever built. This car with its known history, incredibly low verifiable mileage, and spectacular award-winning condition and level of preparation is surely one of the finest examples extant, and is sure to make its new owner proud to be its steward.

Reference Number 39483

as of 2/25/2009

Overview
Car 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4
VIN 16903 
Exterior / Interior Color      Black /      Tan 
Mileage 7,036 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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