Introduced at the 1968 Paris Salon, the 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” was an obvious winner from the start, and a noteworthy successor to the 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta it had replaced. The Daytona used underpinnings similar to the 275 GTB’s chassis and suspension, but with vastly improved braking. Ferrari finally dispensed with the substandard Dunlop discs that had been used since the 250 series. The new four-cam, 4.4-liter, V12 engine was fitted with six Weber 40 DCN carburetors and produced an impressive 355 hp at 7500 rpm.
Pininfarina had produced some of the most attractive bodywork for the prototype, which also helped give the new Ferrari an aggressively exciting look. The best part was that it had performance to match. It would eventually go on to be one of the last great, front-engined Berlinettas with bodywork by Scaglietti.
The 170-plus mph performance of the Daytona was not exceeded by a front-engined Ferrari until fairly recently-certainly one attribute that makes the car both legendary and extremely desirable. The first production examples reached US shores in 1970 and featured a slightly different nose treatment than their European counterparts. European Daytonas had headlamps fitted behind a transparent, full-width plastic cover, whereas the US versions featured retractable headlamps under two flush-fitting panels. Other differences included hexagonal-type wheel nuts and a leather-rimmed steering wheel on the US version, versus three-eared knock-off wheel nuts and a wood-trim steering wheel on the European models.
Wildly successful in coupe form, a Spyder version of the Daytona was introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in the fall of 1969. Known outside the US as the 365 GTS/4, the Spyder was again an instant success with both the motoring press and the public. Despite this popularity, only a handful of factory-built Spyders were produced. In fact, only 121 Daytona Spyders were built, 96 of them finding their way into the hands of US customers. Many owners had the tops of their Berlinettas removed to convert them to Spyders, making the opportunity to acquire an original Spyder a rare occasion. The vehicle featured here, S/N 14565, is one of the original Pininfarina, factory-built Spyders. Finished in Fly Yellow with black leather interior, the car has been pampered and maintained without regard to cost. This is one vehicle that runs and drives as if it were new and considering that it has accumulated a mere 12,798 miles on its odometer, it is perhaps one of the finest low-mileage Ferrari Daytonas offered in a long time.