1972 FERRARI 365 GTS/4 DAYTONA SPYDER
COACHWORK BY PININFARINA CONVERSION BY STRAMAN
Chassis No. 14995
Black with tan and black leather interior
Engine: V-12, 4,390cc, 355hp at 7,500rpm; Gearbox: five-speed ZF; Suspension: independent front and rear with unequal length A-arms, coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers; Brakes: Dunlop ventilated discs all around. Left hand drive.
The most distinctive road Ferrari model ever built, the 365 GTS/4 Daytona, literally broke the Ferrari mold by abandoning every design tradition Pininfarina had established for the Italian automaker since the 1950's. Surrendering the aggressive oval grille design for the first time, the Daytona presented a sharp, thin line from the front, with the radiator intake forming a horizontal slit beneath the nose. In one bold stroke, designer Sergio Pininfarina had changed the Ferrari's formidable open mouth into a malevolent grin, and in the bargain integrated new pop-up headlights into the front end styling. (This was for the US market - in Europe, the headlights were hidden behind a clear plastic nose band.) Initially introduced as a Berlinetta, a Spyder version was shown at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1969. A mere 122 Spyders were produced as compared to 1383 Berlinettas.
The open car was highly desirable in the United States but only 96 of the original Spyders were sold and demand for the gorgeous convertibles seemed always to exceed supply. As a result, a number of Berlinettas were converted into Spyders. Among the finest examples of this latter day modification were those executed by noted Ferrari restorer, Richard Straman, such as this fine example on offer today.
This Daytona was purchased for the collection in January 1982 from a collector in Florida with a recorded mileage of 24,800. Some early service work was carried out by the Ferrari specialists Targa Florio of Van Nuys, CA. Also very early on a very expensive Alpine radio system costing over $3,000 was installed. From 1984 to date all mechanical work and servicing has been undertaken by Bruno at the highly respected Ferrari Garage, Modena Sports Cars, Inc of La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles. In 1984 a major overhaul of the engine was undertaken when the mileage was some 27,400 miles. At a cost in excess of $8,000 the engine was fully rebuilt to high performance specifications. Work done included fitting a new camshaft, high compression pistons, main and rod bearings, valve guides, an an overhaul of the carburetors, water pumps, starter motor and alternator. In 1988 the car again returned to Modena Sports cars for an overhaul fitting of new parts to the transmission, at this time the mileage was 31,100. Today the car has a recorded mileage of just over 33,000.
In the past fifteen years, the car has covered a mere 8,500 miles and only 6,000 since the engine was fully rebuilt. As can be expected with all the cars in the collection it has been beautifully maintained. Bill Larzelere has worked his magic touch with many hours of detailing. Certainly a close inspection reveals a highly presentable car that would put many show cars to shame. This conversion is thought to have been one of the very early ones carried out by the Straman company and even to a trained eye is virtually indistiguishable from a genuine factory Spyder. The car comes equipped with the aformentioned Alpine stereo system, air conditioning, Ferrari custom Prancing Horse floor mats, its tool roll and jack and an original wallet of hand books.
A Straman conversion really does offer an ideal compromise, it is of course made from a genuine Daytona Berlinetta, can fool the experts and is a fraction of the price of the genuine article. To find one in such well maintained and beautiful condition with low mileage is an added bonus.