The ultimate expression of Ferrari’s fabulous line of V12 front-engined sports cars, the 365 GTB/4 debuted at the Paris Salon in 1968, soon gaining the unofficial name Daytona in honor of the sweeping 1, 2, 3 finish by the Ferrari 330P4 at that circuit in 1967. Pininfarina’s Leonardo Fioravanti, 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.
The favorable reception of Luigi Chinetti’s 275 GTB-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. The rear end needed to be extensively reworked, but the result was so successful it was hard to tell 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 170 mph.
One of only 25 Daytona Spyders built for the European market, left-hand-drive chassis number 14605 was delivered finished in Blu Dino with silver side stripes and beige leather interior. The car was sold new via Luigi Chinetti Motors to a customer in France. In 1976, Chinetti imported the Daytona to the USA. Subsequently, the Ferrari was repainted in red and the engine changed.
In June 2000, this car was auctioned at the Petersen Automotive Museum, where it was bought by the current vendor and imported to the U.K. Reading 11,300 at time of purchase, the odometer total currently stands at circa 14,000. Described as in excellent condition, the car comes complete with tool roll. Ferrari Daytona Spyders are extremely rare, and even more so in European specification.