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1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder

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1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder
RM Auctions
Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction
Amelia Island, Florida
March 13, 2009
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 119 - Sold at a price of $1,017,500

352 bhp, 4,380 cc double overhead cam V12 engine, six Weber 40DCN20 carburetors, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel servo-assisted disc brakes. Wheelbase: 94.5". Chassis no. 14671.

This car 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.

Chassis no. 14671 was completed in October 1971. The original destination was Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut. After certificate of origin number 8747 was issued, the brand new yellow 365 GTB/4 Spyder was shipped on December 18, 1971 aboard the vessel "SS Savonita" from Italy to New York, where it arrived on Thursday, January 27, 1972. In March, Chinetti Motors invoiced the Spyder to Roger Penske's Chevrolet dealership in Southfield, Michigan.

Penske then leased it from 1972 to 1976 to first owner J. Anthony Forstman, a businessman in New York City. In October 1978, this Daytona Spyder was back at Chinetti Motors, who advertised it for sale in the Los Angeles Times.

In 1982, it entered the long-term ownership of Mr. Edsel Ford II, Ford Motor Company Board Member, former head of Ford Australia and the great grandson of Henry Ford. Ford, who resides with his family in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, maintained the car over the years and showed it at the Concours Italian Style down the road at Grosse Pointe Shores in 2002.

Never neglected or abused, this highly original car was garaged at his private residence and was very well maintained. In 2007 it was offered for the first time on the open market when it was consigned to RM's first Ferrari Leggenda e Passione auction at the Ferrari factory in Maranello Italy. As the bidding concluded at this inaugural event, the stunning yellow Ferrari had far surpassed its pre-sale estimate. Speaking of the experience for a subsequent issue of RM's bi-annual RM Magazine, Mr. Ford remarked, "One of my lifelong dreams was to go to Maranello. It was like going to auto heaven!"

The current owner, a dedicated collector in his own right, became only the car's third known owner and commissioned extensive additional work on the car to bring it to superb, show-quality condition. The car had previously never been restored, although a few panels had been repainted. Working in conjunction with FCA judges, the owner commissioned marque expert Jeff Provo to ensure the car was brought to 99-point, perhaps even 100-point, condition. A complete bare-metal re-spray was conducted to a first-class mirror-like finish. All of the body panels are straight and the gaps are excellent. The brightwork was redone, bumpers were re-chromed, and the suspension and brakes were rebuilt. The exhaust system was ceramic-coated, and engine work included rebuilding the six Weber carburetors. A slight repair was made to one of the cam lobes, a new radiator core was installed, and the electrical system was refreshed as well, including the replacement of the incorrect radio with a proper Becker AM/FM/Cassette unit.

Moreover, the windshield was replaced and the interior received new carpets, leather upholstery and door pads. The dash was redone with new old stock "mousehair," which is very difficult to find, and all of the instruments work perfectly. Finally, the air conditioning system was rebuilt to ensure it blows cold air, and the top was refurbished with new fabric and top mechanism as well as a correct black tonneau cover. Four new tires were added to the refurbished Borrani wire wheels. As presented, the car runs and drives superbly, and every gauge, instrument and electrical feature works perfectly. Everything is factory correct, down to the hoses and clamps.

Please note the paperwork and receipts for the work conducted while in the current owner's care are available for review in the auction office onsite in Amelia Island.

In August 2009, 14671 was invited to The Quail for a special FCA 30-car display of "The Great Ferraris." The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering is part of Monterey, California's annual week of classic car events, culminating of course in the famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. This particular Daytona Spyder was invited to the event, along with the owner's 275 GTB/4, which is also offered in this auction. Both cars were recently driven by Forza magazine for a comparison test that will be on newsstands by the time of the sale. Please also note this car comes with a full tool roll and leather pouch with original manuals as well as original documentation and a binder confirming its Ferrari Classiche certification.

Powerful, sexy and tremendously fast, the GTB/4 stands out as one of the finest sports cars ever produced by Ferrari and undoubtedly one of the most exciting to drive. The open Spyder configuration is a favorite among Ferraristi and a perpetually desirable model boasting a gorgeous Pininfarina design and superb V12 performance. This example further sets itself apart with well-documented ownership history and superb restoration work. With the exception of its appearance at The Quail, it has never been shown before and would undoubtedly make for an impressive, high-point entry at any concours event.

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