1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spyder ConversionSOLD

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

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ESTIMATE: $200,000 - $250,000

$198,000 Sold

352hp, 4,380cc double overhead cam V12 engine, six Weber carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5"

By the late sixties, Lamborghini and others were offering double overhead cam engines with multi-carb setups. Although Ferrari’s 275 GTB/4 was more than a match in performance, the public wanted more sophistication. The result was the car many consider Ferrari’s street car tour de force.

Making its debut in 1968 at the Paris Auto Salon, the stunning 365 GTB/4 was enthusiastically received by Ferrari fans and the motoring press. It was regarded as 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.

The Daytona was powered by Ferrari’s big 4.4 liter V12 engine, with four overhead cams and six 40DCN20 Weber carburetors. Output was a healthy 352hp at 7,500rpm and with the 318 lb-ft of torque required to propel the big 3,600 pound two seat berlinetta from 0 to 60 runs in just 5.9 seconds, the quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds and an impressive top speed of 174mph, the Daytona became the world’s fastest production automobile at its introduction.

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.

Despite its gorgeous, landmark Pininfarina design, the Daytona proved to be the last of the front-engine, two-seater Ferrari V12s until about a quarter of a century later when the company revived this classic layout with the introduction of the 550 Maranello.

It is difficult to imagine how to improve on a car like the legendary Daytona, but adding sunshine and wind in the hair certainly qualifies. Introduced at the Frankfurt auto show in 1969, the Daytona Spyder was the first time Ferrari had offered an open version of its high performance berlinetta since the days of the 250 GT California Spyder (unless you count the ten 275 GTB/4 NART Spyders built at US distributor Luigi Chinetti’s request.)

Although Ferrari built more than 1400 Daytonas, less than 10 percent of them were Spyders, making them not only the most desirable Daytonas but the rarest as well.

Factory records indicate that the very pretty Rosso Chiaro Red car was sold new in Rivisio, Italy in 1970, prior to export to the USA.

Showing less than 32,000 Km (19K miles) the car has been with the current owner for 20 years, with the professional spyder conversion performed sometime prior to the acquisition from its previous owner in Arizona. (There are indications that the conversion was done by original Daytona coachbuilder Scaglietti, known for having converted dozens of Daytonas in Italy, but no documentation to this effect.)

Still a southern car, with FAF Motorcars (now Ferrari of Atlanta) maintenance history, the car is very much an unmolested original. It features black leather seats with red piping, black carpets and original Borrani wire wheels with proper, period-style Pirelli tires, 215/70/15 in front and 255/60/15 in rear. The Daytona has benefited from a recent service and preparation for road or show.

For one-third the price of a factory Daytona Spyder, this attractive and powerful convertible Ferrari represents a terrific value in today’s rapidly escalating market. And what car could be more ideal for any of the popular thousand-mile touring events?

Reference Number 7380

as of 2/20/2007

Car 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spyder Conversion
VIN 13865 
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