2023 |Amelia Island Auctions 2023
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider
Coachwork by Scaglietti
$2,500,000 - $3,000,000
Among the Most Iconic and Collectible Road-Going Ferraris of All Time
Faithfully Presented in As-Delivered Argento Metallizzato over Black Color Scheme
Concours-Quality Restoration of a Well-Documented, Low-Mileage Example
Three-Time Platinum Award -Winner; Voted Outstanding 365 GTB/4 at the 2018 FCA Nationals
Retains Original Chassis, Body, and Drivetrain per Ferrari Classiche Red Book
Accompanied by Original Books, Tool Roll, Window Sticker, and Massini Report
4,390 CC Tipo 251 DOHC 60° V-12 Engine
Six Weber 40 DCN Carburetors
352 BHP at 7,500 RPM
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Ventilated Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent-Wishbone Suspension with Coil-Over Shock Absorbers
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Boyd Lavon Jefferies, Laguna Beach, California (acquired new via Newport Imports in 1974)
Tom Taham, Texas (acquired via Ferrari of Houston circa mid-1970s)
Louis James and Barbara Hayes, Houston, Texas (acquired by 1980)
Mr. Markham, Kentucky (acquired in 1993)
Steve Hill, Los Gatos, California (acquired in 2004)
Private Collection, California (acquired in 2012)
Charles Wegner, West Chicago, Illinois (acquired from the above in 2013)
Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Cavallino Classic, Florida, 2014 (Platinum Award)
FCA North American Field and Driving Concours, Monterey, 2015 (Platinum Award)
70th Anniversary at Casa Ferrari, California, 2017
FCA North American Field and Driving Concours, Corning, New York, 2018 (Outstanding 365 GTB/4, Platinum Award)
Debuted in Paris in 1968, the 365 GTB/4 succeeded the 275 GTB/4 as Ferrari’s new top-of-the-line, two-seat gran turismo. Almost immediately, it was unofficially known as the “Daytona” in honor of Ferrari’s podium sweep at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1967, and it stands as the last front-engine, V-12 GT model designed before Fiat’s takeover of Ferrari road car production in 1969.
Continuing to utilize the general chassis layout, wheelbase, independent suspension, and rear-mounted transaxle of its predecessor, the 365 GTB/4 differed dramatically in its bold styling, penned by Pininfarina’s Leonardo Fioravanti and rendered in steel and aluminum by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. Power was delivered by an enlarged version of the six-carburator, four-cam, dry sump, V-12 engine, now displacing 4.4 liters and delivering 352 bhp at 7,500 rpm. Capable of accelerating from 0-100 mph in just 12.8 seconds and continuing to a top speed in excess of 170 mph, the Daytona was the fastest production sports car of its day. Period road testers were effusive: Car & Driver declared, “It isn’t fast – it’s blinding.” Le Mans-winning driver Paul Frère, who reached 176 mph on the Italian Autostrada during his test for Autocar, described the Daytona as “a Grand Touring car par excellence.”
While intended as a fast road car, the 365 GTB/4 remained competitive long after most others retired. Between 1970 and 1979, 18 Ferrari Daytonas contested their namesake 24-hour race, resulting in five Top 10 finishes and two second-place podiums, with the last including the 1979 GTO Class win scored by John Morton and Tony Adamowicz. Class wins were scored at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1972, 1973, and 1974) along with an outright victory at the 1972 Tour de France.
At the 1969 International Motor Show Germany, about a year after the model’s debut, Ferrari unveiled the prototype for a Spider version of the Daytona. The model was enthusiastically received and soon entered production at Scaglietti which, working in collaboration with Pininfarina and Ferrari, worked hard to achieve the car’s stunning, production-ready appearance while ensuring that the open car was as strong and rigid as its berlinetta sibling.
The most exclusive of the road-going Daytonas, the Spider had a very limited production run. Only 121 production examples were built, with the vast majority destined for the all-important US market. Whereas the 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta achieved fame on the road and racetrack, the Daytona Spider earned its status as a pop culture icon, thanks to notable appearances in films like The Gumball Rally and A Star is Born.
The Daytona Spider presented here, chassis 16793, is the 84th of the 121 cars built by the factory. Completed in early 1973 and one of just 14 examples originally finished in elegant Argento Metallizzato (Silver Metallic) over black, this Ferrari was built for the US market, for which it was suitably equipped with optional Borrani wire wheels, Borletti air-conditioning, and instrumentation in miles. Imported into the US by official West Coast distributor Modern Classic Motors in Reno, Nevada, the Ferrari was originally retailed via Newport Imports in Newport Beach, California, for $29,665.
As noted in the original warranty book, the Ferrari’s first owner was Boyd Lavon Jefferies, the founder of the Los Angeles-based brokerage firm Jefferies & Company. First registered in California as ‘607 KEM,’ the Daytona Spider later passed through Ferrari of Houston, where it was repainted gray and sold to Tom Taham of Texas. By December 1980, the Ferrari had been acquired by Louis James and Barbara Hayes of Houston and continued to reside in their care until at least October 1982.
In 1993, the Ferrari was sold to a Mr. Markham in Kentucky, with whom it remained until 2004, when it was sold through Motorcars International of Missouri to FCA judge and collector Steve Hill of Los Gatos, California. The Daytona Spider then passed through the hands of another California-based owner before being sold to noted Ferrari collector Charles Wegner. During his ownership, 16793 was completely restored to its original specification by San Diego-area specialists Bobileff Motorcar Company and Chris Dugan Enterprises. A testament to the quality and accuracy of the work performed, the Daytona Spider earned a Platinum Award upon its debut at the 2014 Cavallino Classic and subsequently received Ferrari Classiche certification.
Since 2015, the Daytona Spider has been a fixture in a prominent North American collection, where it has been fastidiously maintained among a stable of significant Ferrari models. Soon after acquiring the Ferrari, the consignor sent it to his preferred restorer, the renowned Motion Products Inc. of Neenah, Wisconsin, to receive a concours-quality, bare-metal repaint and other detailed cosmetic and mechanical attention. Since this work was completed, 16793 has earned a third Platinum Award as well as the prestigious ‘La Miglior Daytona Award’ for the outstanding 365 GTB/4 presented at the 2018 FCA North American Field and Driving Concours in Corning, New York.
Presented in its attractive, factory-delivered color scheme, and equipped with its desirable factory options, this Daytona Spider showed just 17,456 miles at the time of cataloguing, a figure believed to represent the original mileage from new. An unusually correct and complete example, this multiple award-winning Ferrari is offered with important and valuable accessories such as its original tool roll and owner’s handbooks, including the factory-issued warranty card, owner’s manual, parts catalog, and dealer directory. Additionally, the Daytona Spider is accompanied by its Ferrari Classiche Red Book, original window sticker, early California registration records, recent service records, and a history report compiled by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini.
Classic 12-cylinder Ferraris with open coachwork, disc brakes, independent suspension, and the refined torque-tube driveline are a rare breed, comprising just three models: the 275 GTS/4 NART Spider, 330/365 GTS, and 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider. The combined total production of these models is just over 250 individual cars.
Of these three landmark Ferrari models, the Daytona Spider is easily the fastest and most powerful, with bold, modern Pininfarina styling recognized by enthusiasts the world over.
Fast, beautiful, and rare, these Ferraris embody the finest qualities of thoroughbred Italian sports cars. Given its handsome color scheme, low mileage, exceptional documentation, and multiple award-winning restoration, this Ferrari Classiche Certified Daytona Spider is a particularly appealing example – arguably the finest of its type.