The Daytona was the most “macho” of all Ferraris, the last of the great front-engined Berlinettas.
When announced, Ferrari claimed the new engine developed 355bhp at 7,500rpm and provided a top speed in excess of 180mph, making it the fastest production car in the world, a title it retained during the six years it was on sale. Because of this, many enthusiastic would-be owners, particularly on the West Coast, eagerly awaited a soft-top Spyder version.
Their requests were fulfilled in September 1969, when the factory Daytona Spyder was unveiled by Pininfarina at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Their conversion of the basic Berlinetta into Spyder form has been described by Ferrari authority Antoine Prunet as remarkably successful, and the sharp edge formed by the rear deck and the rear fenders harmonized perfectly with the rest of the design, which was not changed from the Berlinetta. Only the Borrani wire wheels, which replaced alloy wheels, were different.
It appears that about 1,383 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona cars were manufactured between 1968 and the end of production in 1973, among which the genuine Spyders such as this one form a much sought-after minority.
This example has a known history from new and shows a recorded mileage of 31,952. It has unmarked fly yellow paint and excellent panelwork with perfect shut lines to the doors, hood and trunk. The interior has its correct black leather Daytona seats with black trim and gray carpeting.
Less than 100 Daytona Spyders were built for the U.S. market, and this car is number 65; only 16 of the US cars were produced in fly yellow with black interior. The Ferrari was a Class Award Winner at the Reading, Pennsylvania, Ferrari Concours in June 1990.