By the late sixties, Lamborghini and others were offering double overhead cam engines with multi-carb setups. Although Ferrari’s 275 GTB/4 was more than a match in performance, the public wanted more sophistication. The result was the car many consider Ferrari’s street car tour de force.
Making its debut in 1968 at the Paris Auto Salon, the stunning 365 GTB/4 was enthusiastically received by Ferrari fans and the motoring press. It was regarded as a worthy successor to the previous 275 GTB/4, and was quickly nicknamed “Daytona” in recognition of Ferrari’s one-two-three win at the 24-hour race the previous year.
The Daytona was powered by Ferrari’s big 4.4-liter V12 engine, with four overhead cams and six 40DCN20 Weber carburettors. Output was a healthy 352hp at 7,500rpm and with the 318 lb-ft of torque required to propel the big 3,600 pound two-seat berlinetta from 0 to 60 runs in just 5.9 seconds, the quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds and an impressive top speed of 174mph, the Daytona became the world’s fastest production automobile at the time of its introduction. And yet, with power brakes, air conditioning, and a leather interior, it was also a high speed “gentleman’s express.” One of the last hand-built Ferraris, the Daytona is also one of the most iconic Ferraris of all time.
Although Ferrari built more than 1,400 Daytona’s, less than ten percent of them were Spyders, making them not only the most desirable, but also the rarest.
Factory records indicate that this left hand drive Daytona was sold new in Rivisio, Italy in 1970, prior to its export to the United States. The car has resided with various owners, recently in ownership of an American collector for 20 years, with the professional spyder conversion performed sometime prior to the acquisition from its previous owner in Arizona.
The car presented in gunmetal grey features brown leather seats, black hood and original Borrani wire wheels.
For less than one-third the price of a factory Daytona Spyder, this attractive and powerful convertible Ferrari represents terrific value in today’s rapidly escalating market. And what car could be more ideal for a cruise along the French Riviera or Italian Alps?