1973 FERRARI 365 GTS/4 DAYTONA SPYDER
COACHWORK BY PININFARINA, BUILT BY SAGLIETTI
Chassis No. 16903
Black with tan and black interior
Engine: V12, four overhead camshafts, 4,390cc, 355bhp at 7,500rpm; Gearbox: five-speed manual integral with final drive; Suspension: independent all round, double wishbones with coil springs; Brakes: four wheel disc. Left hand drive.
The Daytona was the most 'macho' of all Ferraris, the last of the great front-engined Berlinettas in the long line of 12 cylinder front engined Ferraris which became an instant collector's classic before production ceased. Dr. Leonardo Fioravanti of Pininfarina was primarily responsible for the Daytona Berlinetta body's sensational but fluent bodylines. When announced, Ferrari claimed the new engine developed 355bhp at 7,500rpm and provided a top speed in excess of 180mph making it the fastest production car in the world, a title it retained during the six years it was on sale. While Ferrari is known to exagerate its figures a little when the early cars were road tested internationally at 172mph flat-out and 13.8 seconds over the standing-start 400 meters, many enthusiastic would-be owners, particularly on the American West Coast, eagerly awaited a soft-top Spyder version.
Their requests were fulfilled in September 1969 when the factory Daytona Spyder was unveiled by Pininfarina at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Their conversation of the basic Berlinetta into Spyder form has been described by Ferrari authority Antoine Prunet as "...remarkably successful, and the sharp edge formed by the rear deck and the rear fenders harmonized perfectly with the rest of the design, which was not changed from the Berlinetta. Only the Borrani wire wheels, which replaced alloy wheels, were different, but then they were also available on the Berlinetta as an option."
It appears that a total of some 1,383 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona cars were manufactured between 1968 and their cessation of production in 1973, amongst which the genuine Spyders such as this one form a much sought after minority. There is slight controversy over the exact numbers made, however it would appear that only around 120 Spyders were built with a little under 100 United States specification cars made.
This original black convertible Daytona is truly the best example that Christie's has ever had the priviledge of offering for sale. In our opinion this Spyder must rank as the very best in the world. Since the car joined the Blanc collection in early 1987 it has been driven less than 200 miles which brings the total on this vehicle to an incredible recently recorded mileage of 3,427 from new. To our knowledge this is the lowest recorded mileage of any Daytona Spyder. Not only is the mileage outstanding but the car is also a Concours winning example.
Noel Blanc had known of this very special Daytona as it lived on a nearby street in Beverly Hills. It was owned by Lyn Konheim, who had decided to turn this very low mileage car into a concours contender. The car was almost entirely dissasembled and every component removed and meticulously, stripped, repaired repainted and put back on the vehicle. Hundreds of hours of preparation went into the upgrading of this Spyder. Today this finish is truly outstanding and without doubt is far better than when these cars originally left the factory. One day Noel spotted the Daytona on the road and followed the owner home knowing he had to own this exceptional vehicle. He declared to the owner that he really wanted the car and to name his price! For an undisclosed sum the car changed hands.
Since joining the collection this Daytona has been the outstanding center piece. It has been lovingly cared for and kept throughout in the temperature controlled garage. Other than very short journeys within the beverly hills city limits it has had one major outing in 1991. Prepared by Noels' appointed detailer, Bill Larzelere, the car took first place in the Ferrari Class at the prestigeous Newport Beach Concours d'Elegance. In our opinion this car is simply the best. The late Mel Blanc would no doubt endorse this statement by saying That' s All Folks.
That' s All Folks.