1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder Conversion

The ultimate expression of Ferrari’s fabulous line of V12 sports cars, the 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” was the world’s fastest production car at the time of its launch. Capable of over 170 mph, it is surely destined to remain a front-ranking supercar for the foreseeable future.

Although there had been no official open-top version of its predecessor, 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, with deliveries commencing in 1971.

Just 1,279 Berlinetta models and 122 Spyders had been made when production ceased in 1973. The small number of Spyders left many would-be customers disappointed, a situation that led, inevitably, to a number of coupés being converted to Spyders.

In 1978, right-hand-drive chassis 15951 was converted from a closed GT to open GTS configuration by Richard Straman Coachworks in Newport, CA. 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.

In 2008, the Daytona was imported to the U.K., still with fewer than than 6,000 miles showing. In 2011 it had an overhaul at marque specialists DK Engineering, followed by a detailing by Foskers Ferrari Specialists.

Virtually indistinguishable from a genuine factory Spyder, 15951 represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a well-maintained and little-used soft-top Daytona at a fraction of the cost of an original.

Steve Ahlgrim

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Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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