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Lot 160: Ferrari 365GTB/4 'Daytona' Spyder Conversion

Goodwood Revival Sale, Bonhams (15 September 2012)

The ultimate expression of Ferrari's fabulous line of V12 front-engined sports cars, the 365GTB/4 debuted at the Paris Salon in 1968, soon gaining the unofficial name 'Daytona' in honour of the sweeping 1, 2, 3 finish by the Ferrari 330P4 at that circuit in 1967. Pininfarina's Leonardo Fioravanti, later the famed carrozzeria's director of research and development, was responsible for the influential shark-nosed styling, creating a package that restated the traditional 'long bonnet, small cabin, short tail' look in a manner suggesting muscular horsepower while retaining all the elegance associated with the Italian coachbuilder's work for Maranello. An unusual feature was a full-width transparent panel covering the headlamps, though this was replaced by electrically-operated pop-up lights to meet US requirements soon after the start of production in the second half of 1969. Fioravanti later revealed that the Daytona was his favourite among the many Ferraris he designed. Although there had been no official open-top version of its predecessor, the favourable reception of Luigi Chinetti's 275GTB-based NART Spyder no doubt influenced Ferrari's decision to produce a convertible Daytona. Again the work of Pininfarina, the latter was first seen at the Paris Salon in 1969, deliveries commencing in 1971. Although the rear end had been extensively reworked, so successful was Pininfarina's surgery that it was hard to credit that the Daytona had not initially been conceived as a spyder. The most powerful two-seater, road-going GT and the world's fastest production car at the time of its launch, the Daytona was capable of over 170mph and is surely destined to remain a front-ranking supercar for the foreseeable future. Just 1,300 Berlinetta models and 123 Spyder convertibles had been made when production ceased in 1973. Ferrari's production run of just 123-or-so Daytona Spyders left many would-be customers disappointed, a situation which led, inevitably, to a number of coupés being converted. This example of what is still one of the fastest, and rarest, open two-seaters in existence was converted to Spyder specification by recognised specialists in the field, Richard Straman Coachworks of Costa Mesa, CA. Right-hand drive chassis number '15951' was originally invoiced by Ferrari to Maranello Concessionaires Ltd of Egham, Surrey in July 1972 as a 365 GTB/4 (Berlinetta Gran Turismo). The car was delivered to the UK in August 1972 in right-hand drive specification and finished in Blue Dino Metallizzato with dark blue leather and carpets, alloy wheels and factory air conditioning. In 1973 the car was sent to Australia (at that time all Australian ordered Ferraris went via the UK first) and was registered in New South Wales in the name of George Palby, the famous Australian Ferrari collector. While in Palby's ownership the car was repainted red. In 1978 '15951' was converted from closed GT to open GTS configuration by Richard Straman Coachworks in Newport, California, USA. Richard Straman was well known for his exceptional quality of work and use of Ferrari factory parts, and '15951' was completed to the most exacting standard. The car was returned to NSW and in 1992 was sold to a Mr Dean Willis with 1,667 miles showing on the odometer. Mr Willis was the Chairman and Managing Director of Coca Cola Amatil, and was and continues to be a passionate Ferrarista. In 1994 '15951' was sold to Frank Moore (with 4,980 miles recorded) and then in 2000 to a Sydney owner, Mr Victor Berk. Mr Berk had the car repainted in black and re-trimmed in red and black factory leather, and also had a set of Borrani wheels fitted. In 2008 the Daytona was imported to the UK, still with less than 6,000 miles showing, and was sold to a new owner in June 2008. Since then the car has had a major overhaul and service at marque specialists DK Engineering (in 2011) costing in excess of £12,000, plus detailing works by Foskers Ferrari Specialists at a cost of over £3,000 (bills on file). Virtually indistinguishable from a genuine factory Spyder, '15951' is described as in generally excellent condition and represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a well maintained and little used soft-top Daytona at a fraction of the cost of an original. The car is offered with current (tax-exempt) road fund licence, Swansea V5C document and fresh MoT.

Lot Details
Auction Goodwood Revival Sale
Bonhams, Chichester, Goodwood
TypeCar
Lot Number160
Estimate£180000-£220000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£175000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£197500
Year1972
Condition rating1
Registration numberEOG 520K
Mileage-
Chassis number15951
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2