1972 FERRARI 365 GTS/4 DAYTONA SPYDER
COACHWORK BY PININFARINA, BUILT BY SCAGLIETTI
Chassis No. 14829
Red with black and red leather interior
Engine: V12, four-cam, 4,390cc, 355bhp at 7,500rpm; Gearbox: five-speed manual integral with final drive; Suspension: all independent with double wishbones and coil springs; Brakes: four wheel disc. Left hand drive.
Ferrari's fabulous four-cam V-12 front-engined Berlinetta concept evolved during 1967 when the 3.3 litre four-cam 275GTB/4 model was just being introduced to the high-performance car market. What would become the 365GTB/4 "Daytona" was developed with the careful rapidity typical of Maranello, and subsequently made its public debut at the Paris Salon in October 1968. The car was an immediate success, and the press adopted the nickname "Daytona" for this new Ferrari in honour of its outright victory in the American 24-Hour race.
Its Tipo 251 4.4 litre hemispherical-head V-12 engine was based upon a specially lengthened cylinder block, and its bore and stroke dimensions settled at 81mm. x 71mm., power output with an imposing rack of no less than six Weber 40DCN twin-choke carburettors parading along the valley of the vee produced an impressive 355 bhp at 7,500 rpm. Torque was also majestic, being quoted as peaking at 44m./kg. at 5,500 rpm. Production of the Daytona ended in 1974, with a total number of about 1,400 ever made.
The only variation on the Daytona Coupe was the magnificient 365 GTS/4 Spyder presented by Pininfarina at the 1969 Frankfurt Motor Show. The aesthetics of the Spyder design by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti are to this day still considered the most elegant of all open top cars, and harmonized perfectly with the Coupe design. Only the Borrani wire spoked wheels, which replaced the alloy ones, were different; otherwise the specification is the same as the Coupe. The Spyder is a very rare vehicle and only around 120 were built in total.
This original Daytona convertible is one of only 96 U.S. specification cars built and is finished in red with a silver nose band. It has beautiful red and black upholstery, red carpeting with black piping and black carpets with the Prancing Horse emblem. This Spyder was once owned by the former repair shop owner and Ferrari race car driver, Joseph Crevier, who was forced to sell his cars in a Santa Ana bankruptcy auction in 1983. Indeed Crevier spent 20 days jailed on Terminal Island the prior year for refusing to tell the Bankruptcy Court the whereabouts of his Ferraris. According to Crevier, this Daytona appeared in two movies, the 1976 version of "A Star is Born" starring Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand , and the 1976 movie "GumbAll Rally" starring Raul Julia and Gary Busey.
This Ferrari joined the collection in 1983, directly from Walt McCune who purchased the car from the Bankruptcy auction. Reputedly the car had been much restored by Crevier a short while before. Mel and Noel Blanc very rarely drove this car and in the past fourteen years, it has covered less than 1,000 miles and of course has been living in the specially constructed air sealed garage. This car has been driven around three times a year within the Beverly Hills city limits in order to keep the engine, transmission and brakes in full working order. Most of the service work and road tests were undertaken by Luciano at Modena Ferrari on La Brea Avenue. The car was painted by Bill De Carr and Junior's House of Color, while Tony Nancy, the well known upholstery specialist, re-did the interior.
The total recorded mileage on this fine example is a little over 14,700 miles and is believed to be from new. We are told that this Spyder also has the desirable high performance specification engine. This Ferrari was photographed in detail for a Road & Track article on the Daytona Spyder and a framed copy accompanies the car. While the original black Daytona from the collection eclipses this Ferrari in terms of "Show Quality", without a direct comparison this Daytona would be considered superb. Importantly, it is a genuine Spyder with low mileage and unlike the black car is much more of a driving example which would not lose its condition with moderate driving.