Complying to the convertible market, Ferrari had Pininfarina design the Daytona Spider and limited production to just 122 cars. At the time, the Daytona was known as the top dog, holding a speed record of 180mph, and being described as the ‘the best sports car in the world’ by Road & Track.
Scaglietti was careful in transforming the 365 into a Spider. It required several modifications that replaced the Coupes fiberglass inner fenders and rear bulkhead with steel counterparts. Additionally there was a supports that connected the firewall to the front fenders and foot wells to the side sills. This added rigidity to improve structural rigidity that was normally provided by the roof.
It is the above mentioned changes that are important, especially considering the large amount of converted Coupes that were chopped into Spiders. During the peak of the collector car market in the eighties, Daytona Spider prices skyrocketed, to the point where many companies offered services to hack off the roof. These services varied in comprehensiveness, some were little more than trim hacks while others were built properly and offered a cheap alternative to high-speed, open-top motoring. Some cars have claimed to be Scaglietti conversions, but this is impossible since Scaglietti was wholly owned by Ferrari. However they did supply outer panels to meet any requests, presumably for accident damage.
The Spider was no doubt a continuation of the iconic 250 GT California Spyder and 275 GTB/4 Spyder which were made at the request of Luigi Chinetti. Unfortunately, The 365 would end this trend as the next round of Ferraris were mid-engined, leaving little room for a soft top and a V12 in the same space. Not until the nineties was the idea revived with the 348.
Specs & Performance
DOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
4390 cc / 267.9 in³
81 mm / 3.19 in
71 mm / 2.8 in
263.2 kw / 353.0 bhp @ 7500 rpm
80.41 bhp per litre
432.51 nm / 319.0 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm
body / frame
Stressed Steel Panels
Front Engine / RWD
Girling Discs w/ Vacuum Assist
Girling Discs w/ Vacuum Assist
F 38.1 x 19.0 cm / 15.0 x 7.5 in
R 38.1 x 19.0 cm / 15.0 x 7.5 in
ZF Worm & Roller
Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs over Telescopic Dampers, Anti-R
Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs over Telescopic Dampers, Anti-R
1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider 14537 – sold for $2,640,000 16th example built in the assembly sequence of the 25 car total production of European market 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spiders. Finish in September of 1971 and delivered to Auto Becker for owner Rainer Haas, a resident of Hamburg, Germany. Became part of the Fritz Kroymans of Hilversum, Holland. Restored in 2011 by Carrosserie Lecoq and Piet Roelof. Auction Source: 2015 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider 16223 – sold for $2,750,000 Exceedingly rare; the 66th of only 121 genuine Daytona Spiders. A U.S.-delivery example; fitted new with air conditioning and Borrani wire wheels. Offered with a correct set of books and tools. One of Ferrari’s most iconic open-top sports cars. Matching numbers. Auction Source: RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2015
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider – sold for $3,300,000 Ferrari Classiche certified. A genuine Daytona Spider; one of 121 built. Platinum Award winner at the 2013 Cavallino Classic. Beautifully restored, with minimal use since. Presented in its original Nero over Beige Scuro color combination; one of two Daytona Spiders originally finished as such. Auction Source: 2015 Amelia Island by RM Sotheby’s
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider 16793 – sold for $3,300,000 A genuine Daytona Spider; one of 121 built. One of 14 originally finished in Argento Metallizzato. Fresh, full restoration by Bobileff Motorcars and Chris Dugan Enterprises. Just over 17,000 miles, which are believed to be original. Platinum Award winner at the 2014 Cavallino Classic. Ferrari Classiche certified; includes books and tools. Auction Source: Arizona 2015 by RM Auctions
1971 Ferrari GTB/4 Daytona Spider B1176 – sold for $1,001,000 Originally Delivered to the US with Air-Conditioning. Offered with Books, Tools and Borrani Wire Wheels. One of Only 124 Factory Spiders Produced. Former FCA Platinum Award and Concours Winner. Participant in the 2007 Copperstate 1000. Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini. Auction Source: The Amelia Island Auction 2012 by Gooding & Company
1971 Ferrari 365GTS/4 ‘Daytona’ Spyder 14605 – sold for €794,000 In 1976 Luigi Chinetti Motors imported the Daytona from Geneva to the USA, where its first owner was Adrian Butach of Weston, Connecticut. Subsequently the Ferrari was repainted in red and the engine changed. At around this time the car was possibly owned by model and actress, Marisa Berenson. Its next owner (in 1979) was Douglas A Weinberg of Phoenix, Arizona, while at sometime during the 1980s the Daytona passed into the ownership of collector Virgil Millett Jr of New York. At this time the odometer reading stood at 5,800 miles, indicating a change of instrument.
On 17th June 2000 the Millett Collection was auctioned at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles where the Ferrari was bought by the current vendor and imported to the UK. Since arriving in this country the Ferrari has been restored by marque specialists Moto Technique of West Molesey, Surrey. Works carried out include a ‘bare metal’ re-spray and full interior re-trim in black leather (bills on file). Reading 11,300 at time of purchase in 2000, the odometer total currently stands at circa 14,000. Described as in generally excellent condition, the car comes complete with tool roll and is offered with the aforementioned restoration invoices, MoT to January 2012 and Swansea V5 registration document. Only infrequently offered for sale, Ferrari Daytona Spyders are extremely rare, and even more so in European specification, making this pristine example particularly collectible. Auction Source: 2011 Goodwood Revival Sale by Bonhams
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider – sold for $1,025,000 One of Only 121 Factory-Built Daytona Spiders. Originally Delivered to the US with Borranis and Air-Conditioning. * Two-Time Platinum Recipient in FCA Competition. Multiple-Award-Winning Restoration with Interior Work by Tony Nancy. Ferrari Classiche Certified Example. Offered with Tools, Books and Extensive Records. Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini. Auction Source: 2011 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company
1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider 16987 – sold for $1,320,000 Exceptional Restoration. Limited Ownership.Low-Mileage, Well-Documented Example.Originally Delivered in Fly Yellow over Beige. Offered with Factory Air-Conditioning, Books and Tools.Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini. In June 2003, after remaining in Mr. MacArthur’s estate for almost 10 years following his death, 16987 was purchased by a collector residing in Northern California. Recognizing its need for some restorative work. Auction Source: 2011 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company
1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider 15383 – sold for $1,017,500 Rare European Delivery Example. Known Ownership History from New. Consistently Serviced and Maintained Complete with Tools and Documentation. Recently Certified by Ferrari Classiche. Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini. In recent months, this Spider has undergone the Classiche Certification process and buyers will be delighted to know that this car is offered with a tool roll and a comprehensive file that includes service receipts. Auction Source: 2011 Scottsdale Auction by Gooding & Company
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder 16835 – sold for $880,000 One of only 121 factory-built Daytona Spyders. Only four owners from new, including “Evel” Knievel and DJ Frankie Crocker. Owned by Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson since the early 1990s. A very well-maintained, California-based car from new. Overhauled and painstakingly detailed chassis. s presented today, 16835 is finished in red with the cockpit trimmed in black leather hides, complemented by a set of Borrani wire-spoke wheels shod. Auction Source: 2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions
1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder 14543 – sold for $990,000 Extremely original, carefully preserved by a marque specialist. Never road-registered and with only 3,700 miles from new, offered on MSO. First owned by Bill Harrah, then Dr. Jack Frost. In total, Price invested over 1,300 hours in carefully preserving this fantastic piece of Ferrari history for future generations. Today, 14543 remains remarkably original, with a wonderful patina that would certainly have been lost during a complete restoration. Auction Source: RM Auctions’ 2010 Sports & Classics of Monterey
1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider 16913 – did not sell for $1,045,000 Accompanying the sale of this Platinum Award-winning thoroughbred is the complete original tool roll and original books stowed in their correct leather folio. Amazingly, the original box that the books were shipped in, and even the original tissue paper, have been retained with and are available for the next owner to treasure. A well-documented and exemplary Daytona Spider, this car can continue to be exhibited in judged events. Auction Source: 2010 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder 17053 – sold for $880,000 This Daytona Spyder, chassis no. 17053 is a very late production example, the 111th of the 121 examples built. It was equipped from the factory with air conditioning, a Becker radio and, as a US-specification example, instrumentation in miles. In 1973 it was delivered new to Modern Classic Motors in Reno, Nevada, from where it was sold to its first owner, one Mr. Felson. It was offered for sale in Oregon in 1975 and again in 1984, presumably by its second owner. In November 1985, the car was completely restored and repainted red with a tan interior with black inserts and tan carpeting. It was then acquired by famed Hall of Fame basketball player Jerry West, who played his entire career for the Los Angeles Lakers, before also becoming their coach and general manager. It was during this tenure in the 1980s that the Lakers enjoyed tremendous success, winning four championships, right around the time that he purchased this Daytona Spyder. Perhaps most memorably, West’s silhouette comprises the famous logo of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Auction Source: 2009 RM Auctions Sports & Classics of Monterey
1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder 14553 – sold for €694,400 The Daytona Spyder offered here is a left-hand drive U.S. version that was delivered new in 1971 to Bill Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors of Reno, Nevada, equipped with air conditioning, Voxson radio and instrumentation in miles. MCM sold the car to its first owner, Francisco Mir of Diagnosis & Service, a dealer in Santa Monica, California. From there, the car was sold to its first true private owner, Mike Hendricks, a building developer in Los Angeles. Auction Source: 2010 RM Auctions Sporting Classics of Monaco
Giallo Fly 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder 14671 – sold for $1,017,500 This car is one of these U.S. versions. It is the 26th Daytona Spyder built by Carrozzeria Scaglietti in Modena and was originally ordered in yellow (Giallo Fly 20-Y-191) with a black interior. According to the factory files, 22 of the 121 cars built, plus the prototype, were originally painted in the traditional Giallo Fly. Serial number 14671 has Scaglietti body number 636 and was equipped with the desirable feature of air conditioning. As a U.S. delivery car, the speedometer is calibrated in miles. Auction Source: 2010 RM Automobiles of Amelia Island Auction
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder 17001 – sold for $1,485,000 The example presented here, a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder is number 106 of 121, among the last produced in 1973, the final year of production. The subject of an extensive mid-1990s restoration aimed at producing a concours-level car, this Daytona Spyder has been shown and honored at several prestigious events by its current owner. Auction Source: 2008 Monterey Preview
1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Euro 14415 – sold for €962,500 The handsome Ferrari offered here, however, is one of the rare left-hand-drive spyder examples built to European specifications and as such, was assembled without seat belts and without air conditioning. While the serial number is the tenth in numerical sequence, according to the Ferrari Assembly Number, the car is in fact the third Daytona Spyder built. It was originally finished in Blu Dino (106-A-72) with a white stripe on the body flanks, a Nero interior, and with convertible top material reportedly supplied by the client. Auction Source: 2008 Leggenda e Passione