- Body Type: Convertible
- Full Service History
- 32,070 Km
- Year Built: 1970
- Trans: Manual
- Ext color: Grigio Ferro
- Int color: Beige
Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider Conversion Grigio Ferro
According to the master himself, designer Leonardo Fioravanti, the legendary Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” was his personal favorite piece of art. We can fully understand why. And soon you will too. Chassis number 138865 was made by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, the famous coachbuilder who produced all Berlinetta’s and Spider versions for the public road. However, Straman laid his hand on this one in the late 80s and early 90s as well. Because there was a time that our original Italian delivered 1970 Ferrari Daytona Spider had a fixed rooftop…
Furthermore, the Spider Conversion has matching numbers, only four previous owners in more than a half a century and remains in absolute stunning condition from the inside and outside. Also, the Grigio Ferro Ferrari 365 GTB/4 is recently serviced by Foskers Ferrari. So next summer is one to remember forever. Heads up, roof down. This beauty is totally ready for you!
When our Daytona was sold for the first time, it was originally invoiced by the official Ferrari dealer in Verona called Dino Ravasio & Sons. It left the factory having a GTB bodywork, Bianco Polo exterior color and Nero Connolly leather upholstery. This all changed when it came into the hands of Richard Straman in 1989: reputed automobile designer, coach and convertible builder in California, USA. Since there were 1,300 coupes produced by Scaglietti – compared to 123 convertibles and a whole lot more demand for the open two-seater, professionals like Straman were regularly asked to transform a Berlinetta into a Spider. So they did. In addition, the characteristic headlights behind plexiglass were converted to pop-up versions to comply with the American regulations. Borrani wire wheels were fitted, the exterior was repainted in Ferrari red and there was a new black interior finish.
After three years being in America, the 365 GTB/4 Daytona was done modifying. A project that took two years. In 2007, the one and only American owner William Effinger from Atlanta, said his fully FAF Motorcars serviced Daytona goodbye. The German Helmut Gassman was next in January 2008, changing the Ferrari for the second time by giving it a Grigio Ferro paintjob and beige leather seats including black inserts. In 2016 a UK-based owner purchased the Italian masterpiece.
We all know the Ferrari Daytona Spider as the ultimate star of the American 80s television show called Miami Vice. It’s epic to fill the shoes of James “Sonny” Crockett, but he had to do it with a replica version, while this is the real deal… Including official US-specs like the pop-up headlights. Besides, the Spider transformation was fulfilled that perfect, you won’t see the difference with a factory delivered roofless Ferrari 365. Designer Leonardo Fioravanti designed a whole lot of gorgeous machines, but to use his own words: this one is his all-time favorite. The sharp shark-nose, long bonnet, small cabin and short tail provide an elegant, strong and timeless style. A style that always have been typical for the traditional V12-powered Ferrari GT’s. Nowadays details like the double round taillights at each side are re-introduced on modern Ferrari’s. And of course the Daytona Style Seats – available in almost every model – are based on the original one.
But there are lots of other reasons to completely fall in love with this classic grand tourer configuration. For example, the 4.4 liter “Colombo” 12-cylinder engine in front is a true gem. A powerful one as well, with 352 hp and a top speed of 277 km/h. In fact, at the time the Ferrari Daytona was introduced, it was the fastest road-going car in the world. That’s exactly the reason why it was named after the Daytona circuit in 1968; the year before Ferrari had scored a 1-2-3 podium finish with their 330P4 racing car on the famous track. Now you know why there were only 123 Spiders put on the road by Ferrari as well. So this open 365 GTB/4 is an extra chance to fulfill someone’s dream. May be yours?