1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spyder ConversionSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $300,000 - $350,000


$264,000 Sold

400bhp, 4,390 cc. dual overhead camshaft V12 engine, six Weber carburetors, five-speed manual transaxle gearbox, front and rear independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,400mm

The 365 GTB/4 quickly earned the name “ Daytona ” after Ferrari ’ s epic victory in the Daytona 24 Hours and took off to sales success. 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 first production examples reached U.S. shores in 1970 and featured a slightly different nose treatment to their European counterparts. European Daytonas were originally fitted with headlights set back behind a transparent full-width plastic cover, whereas U.S. versions featured retractable headlights under two flush-fitting panels. Other differences included hexagonal-type wheel nuts on the U.S. version, versus three-eared knock-off wheel nuts on European models.

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.

The stunning 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona offered here is an excellent example of a properly converted Spyder. Also, the product of a high point restoration, the quality of the Ferrari is first rate both mechanically and aesthetically. The red paint has recently been buffed to a beautiful shine. The all-black interior is pristine, fitted with new carpeting and dash material. The black convertible top is also new and shows dedicated craftsmanship; it comes with an equally well crafted tonneau cover in a fitted sack, kept in the trunk beside the original tool roll filled with tools.

Built to European specifications, the Ferrari was originally sent to Lebanon as a Daytona Coupe, and was converted to Spyder configurations in Europe. The interior features Italian gauges, and a 300 km/h speedometer. There are European style Ferrari script knock off wheels and a very rare European style front bumper with over- riders, which is considerably more elegant than its bulky rubber American counterpart. The headlights are of the retractable variety, which is a Euro-correct feature, because as of 1971, Ferrari made that feature standard on European models, discontinuing the clear lens non-retractable headlights previously worn by Daytonas destined to non-American markets.

Imported directly from Europe, the Ferrari has resided in the Canadian province of Quebec for over 25 years, where it was only driven during the warm summer months. It is reported by the vendor that this example has been driven regularly and invoices show that it was serviced frequently by Ferrari Quebec. It has just completed a thorough service, totaling over $9,000(CAN) which included the installation of a new Stebro exhaust system, four brand new correct Michelin tires, and a four-wheel alignment. An additional service performed in the summer of 2006 included a complete tune up and the installation of new rear shocks for a total of nearly $12,000 (CAN). Included in the sale is a dossier containing receipts of work performed as well as the original manual.

The outstanding visual condition of the Ferrari is clearly seen in person, whereas the faultless mechanical condition of the car was recently attested in a test drive where the Daytona performed admirably, starting easily, idling smoothly, shifting cleanly, handling precisely with no shakes or wiggles and above all else, the V12 sounded amazing. Fully detailed, this example requires nothing but a new owner and a chance to drive with the top down.

Reference Number 7294

as of 2/20/2007

Car 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spyder Conversion
VIN 16295 
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