1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider by Scaglietti
Documents: Bill of Sale
- One of 121 examples built
- Comprehensive restoration completed in 1995; highly original example
- Approximately 20,314 original miles
- Three recorded owners over the last 40 years
- Offered with a toolkit
- Documented history by marque historian Marcel Massini
At the Paris Motor Show in October 1968, Ferrari introduced a replacement for the 275 GTB/4. Clothed in Pininfarina-penned berlinetta coachwork that was a dramatic departure from classic Ferrari design language, the new model featured a pointed shark nose with an impossibly long bonnet. Under the hood the car was powered by a further update of the long-running Colombo V-12, now increased to 4.4 litres and featuring dual-overhead cam valve actuation. Originally intended as a stopgap while a planned rear-engine flat-12 road car continued development, the new 365 GTB/4 proved to be more popular than Ferrari might have ever dreamed.
A year later at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Maranello presented an open version of the so-called Daytona, featuring a retractable soft top. Without the fastback roofline that endowed the berlinetta with such character, the Daytona Spider substantially re-imagined Pininfarina’s design, making it perhaps even more aesthetically dynamic than the original thanks to its unfettered beltlines. The Spider was also produced in a far smaller quantity, with just 121 examples built until the model was discontinued in 1973. The Daytona Spider has evolved into one of Maranello’s most celebrated models, forever remembered as the company’s final vintage grand touring spider.
According to the research of Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this beautiful Daytona Spider is the 88th car of the 121 examples built. Desirably equipped by the factory with air conditioning, radio, and instruments in miles, the U.S.-specification 365 GTB/4 was finished in Rosso Chiaro and trimmed with an interior of Nero leather. It should be noted that the car continues to authentically wear the same beautiful colour scheme today. Also, benefiting from a short chain of three long-term caretakers since 1976, as well as an awarded rotisserie restoration, this Daytona spider is surely among the finest examples of the rare open Ferrari.
Chassis number 16801 was dispatched in February 1973 to famed Ferrari importer Chinetti-Garthwaite and subsequently distributed to William Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors in Reno, Nevada. While initial purchase information is currently unknown, by July 1976 the car had been acquired by Jeffrey Weiss of Miami, Florida, and he accrued approximately 15,000 miles over 11 years of modest use.
In July 1987, Mr Weiss sold the Daytona to enthusiast Eric Eichler of Malvern, Pennsylvania, and the Spider was soon treated to some much-needed attention with a full restoration to original factory specifications and colours. While the respected Richard Mullin, then of Karosserie in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, was retained to address all coachwork and paint issues, Charles Pierson of nearby Kimberton conducted a comprehensive mechanical refurbishment. Among other measures, this work included rebuilding the engine, transaxle, suspension, and brakes, as well as a complete electrical overhaul.
Invoices demonstrate that Mr Pierson continued servicing the Ferrari as needed through a successful exhibition campaign during the mid-1990s. In May 1994, the car was presented at the 10th Annual Ferrari Concours in Reading, Pennsylvania, winning its class, while a year later at the FCA’s 31st Annual National Meeting at Mid-Ohio, the Daytona won a Gold award, reportedly losing to the winner by a mere 1.5 points. The Spider was also exhibited once again at the FCA Concours at Reading, Pennsylvania, in May 1996.
In the early 2000s, the sensationally restored Daytona was purchased by the next owner and imported into Switzerland. In order to legally drive the car in Europe, the owner commissioned the removal of the American-specification side marker lights, and the car has since accrued approximately 1,500 miles. Noting the Daytona’s tremendous condition and overall originality, including the matching-numbers engine, the owner inquired with the manufacturer with interest in sourcing a Ferrari Classiche Red Book. The Classiche department informed him that while chassis number 16801 was authentic in nearly every respect, the removal of the side marker lights would prevent them from issuing a Red Book. For the future owner that might wish to source this ultimate form of factory endorsement, a reconfiguration of the side markers to original specifications should be the only obstacle to Classiche certification.
Now offered for the first time in almost 15 years, this breathtaking Daytona Spider currently displays approximately 20,314 original miles, and it features a pristine interior and top, with the namesake Daytona seats even including the original factory inserts. Also accompanied by a full toolkit, this exceptionally rare Ferrari is documented with prior titles, former owners correspondence, and multiple invoices from the 1990s restoration. One of the finest open Daytonas to be encountered, it may be enjoyed on European byways or presented with confidence at finer concours d’elegance and Ferrari Owners Club events.
Contrary to the printed catalogue this lot is sold on Bill of Sale only.