1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 

Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder conversion

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High standard older conversion
- Superb colour combination
- Ex Mel Blanc

Reference Number 669011

as of 10/7/2021

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Lot 52

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Car 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4
VIN 14995 
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Known History

The Daytona is one of the most enthralling of all V12-powered front-engined Ferrari. It existed almost entirely in berlinetta form, with Ferrari producing just 123 Spyders (against 1,383 berlinettas), creating demand for conversions amongst enthusiasts who were keen to own a convertible version. One of the workshops that carried out several Spyder conversions was Richard Straman Classic Auto Restoration, of Costa Mesa, just south of Los Angeles, and this was very probably who transformed the Daytona on offer.

In 1982 a collector in Florida sold the car to Melvin and his son Noel Blanc, while they were in the process of building a collection, principally of Ferrari. Melvin " Mel " Jerome Blanc was known - indirectly - around the world: he was the voice of several Warner Brothers cartoon characters, including those created by Tex Avery, such as Bugs Bunny. When the car changed hands at this time, the Daytona had covered 24 800 miles. It was then preserved in an air-conditioned garage and maintained from 1984 by a specialist in Los Angeles, Modena Sports Car. Various works were carried out: an Alpine stereo was fitted, the engine was rebuilt to a higher spec (at 27 400 miles), and the transmission was overhauled in 1988 (at 31 100 miles). When the Blanc collection was sold at auction in 1997, the car had covered just 8 500 miles in 15 years (6 000 miles since the engine rebuild), and was described as a conversion carried out by Richard Straman.

In 2000, it was bought by a Swiss-Italian enthusiast who imported and registered the car in Switzerland. It was sent to the Garage Automobile NÚmeth AG, the official Ferrari and Maserati workshop for a thorough service costing 25,000 Swiss francs.

In 2008, at 36,200 miles, the car sold at auction in Gstaad, Switzerland and was acquired by a Dutch collector. He sold it in 2012 to Emile Garcin, the present owner, who had been looking for a convertible Daytona, this version being more to his taste. He owned several vehicles and rarely drove this one. Since the car sold in 2008, it has hardly turned a wheel, with 39,164 miles on the clock today.

This car is presented in impeccable condition, stunning in black with beige leather interior. The conversion is of a high standard and the car offers the same features as a factory-built Spyder at a significantly lower cost. With the power and road-going qualities of the berlinetta, this car also offers the enjoyment of open-top driving, to the sound of its prestigious V12 engine resonating around the country lanes.