The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 (to use its official title) was the immediate descendant for the much revered 275 GTB/4 and was first shown at the Paris motor show, 1968. The Daytona nickname was supposedly invented by Ferrari aficionados and affiliates of the media in acknowledgment of the factory’s unforgettable 1-2-3 triumph in the 1967 Daytona 24-hour edition. Alternatively, the story is that Ferrari had originally planned to employ the Daytona name, but changed their mind when news of the story leaked prior to the model’s reveal.
The Tipo 251 engine was an improvement of the DOHC V12 of the 275 GTB/4, and at 4,390cc was roughly 33% larger in capacity. Six twin-choke Weber carburettors fed fuel to the engine, enabling it to produce 352bhp at 7,500rpm; enough to propel the 1,280kg machine to 60mph in under 5.5 seconds and on to a top speed of around 174mph, with a five-speed transaxle powering the rear wheels.
The Daytona coupe proved to be so popular that the development of an open variant was inevitable, and at the 1969 Frankfurt International Auto Show the 365 GTS/4 was unveiled. Endowed with a purity of line and stance, the new Spyder’s collectability was instantly assured when only 121 examples were produced. As the final front-engine open Ferrari to feature a derivation of Giaocchino Colombo’s classic short-block V-12, the Daytona Spyder was the ultimate evolution of 20 years of development, the final hereditary successor of an entire generation of vintage Ferraris.
The example we are pleased to offer for sale is the 40th of 121 official cars produced by Scaglietti and was first delivered in March, 1972 to the United States via Modern Classics Motors of Reno, Nevada. It was specified from new in Rosso Chiaro along with Air Conditioning, Electric Windows, Instruments in Miles, and Borrani wheels.
Modern Classic Motors exhibited the car at the Los Angeles Auto Show in May of 1972 before selling to its first private owner shortly after. In 1975, the car was sold once more, this time via Grand Touring Car Inc of Phoenix, Arizona to Warner Brothers Pictures Inc. The car is then believed to have been used for filming in the 1976 romantic drama, ‘A Star is Born’ starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.
In 1983 the car was sold via Grand Prix Classics of San Diego to Robert Toney, a teacher of construction at Merced College in Northern California. The car was exhibited at a number of Ferrari Club of America events during the 80’s and 90’s. It remained in his family’s garage until 2017 when it was purchased by ourselves and sold to its current owner soon after.
The car was awarded red book Classiche Certification from the Ferrari factory in 2017, confirming its original Rosso Chiaro paint colour, as well as its matching numbers engine. In late 2021, the current owner treated it to a no-expense spared mechanical overhaul with Charles Pozzi of Paris, France. This included a full engine out service, complete overhaul of the undercarriage, full refresh of all suspension and running gear and an overhaul of brake discs and callipers. The car has covered just 700 miles since the work was finished and drives as well as it looks.
This example represents the opportunity to purchase a fantastic Daytona Spyder with great provenance and long-term single-family ownership. It sits today in superb condition, showing just under 37,850 miles and is ready to be enjoyed. As such, it will provide a superb entry to the most prestigious and selective concours events in the world, not to mention a fantastic opportunity to drive one of the most breathtakingly fast sports cars of its era. Contact us now for more information or to arrange a viewing.