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Coachwork by Michelotti
Formerly the Property of Marion Chinetti
The 365 GTB/4 presented here is a remarkable example of the coachbuilt Ferrari.
Completed at the Ferrari factory on May 19, 1971, 14299 was originally built as a US-specification 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta and finished in the elegant color scheme of Grigio Ferro with red leather upholstery. The Daytona was delivered new to official North American distributor Luigi Chinetti Motors of Greenwich, Connecticut, and subsequently sold to its first owner, Dr. Silva.
After several years of use, Dr. Silva returned 14299 to Luigi Chinetti; and, in 1976, he shipped the lightly used Daytona to Carrozzeria Giovanni Michelotti in Torino, Italy, for a special project.
Of the very few custom-bodied Daytonas ever built, Luigi Chinetti was responsible for the vast majority, commissioning five highly individualized examples between 1974 and 1976.
Working in cooperation with Carrozzeria Michelotti, Chinetti commissioned his first coachbuilt Daytona in 1974. Unveiled at the Torino Motor Show, the one-off design featured a Targa top, dramatic cut-down doors and molded bumpers.
For the 1975 NART Le Mans effort, Chinetti ordered a Daytona Competizione (15965) with Michelotti coachwork. Similar to the original 1974 design, this body featured clean modern lines and a Targa top.
In 1976, Chinetti ordered three Michelotti Spiders of the same design based on chassis 14299, 15003, and 16467. In fact, Michelotti built all three cars using the same wooden body buck, incorporating minor differences in trim, color, and specification.
As noted by Pat Braden and Gerald Roush in The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, the design is “distinctly reminiscent of Michelotti’s 1974 effort. The cut-down door is more subdued and the vent window much more constrained, but there is no mistaking the penchant for the line which extends front-to-back.”
The cockpit was thoroughly redesigned to complement the striking, angular appearance of the exterior and incorporated the original Veglia Borletti gauges into the new layout.
As completed, 14299 was finished in an attractive two-tone color scheme of metallic dark blue over gray with orange-tinted leather upholstery. The Daytona was further outfitted with a unique accessory hardtop, finished in metallic dark blue to match the upper section of the coachwork.
In 1977, 14299 was delivered to Luigi Chinetti, who then presented the coachbuilt Daytona Spider as a gift to his wife Marion. At this point, the Michelotti Spider was outfitted with “Marion” script on both doors and Chinetti’s NART insignia on the trunk panel.
In spring 1980, Marion Chinetti’s special Daytona Spider was shipped to Carrozzeria Michelotti and presented on their stand at the International Torino Motor Show held between April 23rd and May 4th. From there, the Ferrari was loaned to the Le Mans Museum in France, where it served as a featured display between 1981 and 1982.
When Marion Chinetti passed away in December 1982, her coachbuilt Ferrari remained in France and, in 1984, it was shown at the La Baule Concours d’Elegance.
In 1985, the Ferrari made its return to the US and was sold to Los Angeles classic car dealer Marty Yacobian. In November 1986, Mr. Yacobian displayed the special Michelotti Daytona at the Palm Springs Concours d’Elegance.
In January 1990, 14299 was offered at the annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction and sold to Richard Gorman of Vantage Motorworks in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. From there, the Michelotti Spider was sold to Marv Tonkin, brother of famed Por tland Ferrari dealer Ron Tonkin.
In September 1991, the current owner acquired 14299 from Al Mohr Imported Cars of Seaside, California. Over the past 22 years, the Michelotti Spider has been a fixture in an important private collection and resided alongside other significant open Ferraris, including a Scaglietti Daytona Spider and an alloy-bodied 275 GTS/4 NART Spider. During this time, the Michelotti NART Spider has made few public appearances and is all but unknown to the contemporary concours circuit.
A testament to this car’s significance, Ferrari Classiche has issued it an Attestation of Historic Interest. Introduced in 2009, this important document has been issued to Ferraris that have been deemed – as a result of their competition and/or internationally recognized show history – to be of historic interest but are otherwise ineligible for the strict Authenticity Certification criteria.
Over the past two decades, this Ferrari has continued to benefit from limited use and consistent maintenance. Most recently, the Michelotti Spider was entrusted to Dennison International in Puyal lup, Washington, for a basic service in preparation for its appearance at auction.
Today, the Michelotti Spider remains in exceptionally original condition and, at the time of cataloguing, the odometer displayed just 1,568 miles. It is believed that this figure represents the total mileage since the Carrozzeria Michelotti rebuild in 1976 and not the total mileage from new.
As would be expected of a well-preserved original Ferrari, the Michelotti Spider retains the correct tool kit and jack as well as its original accessory hardtop. In addition to these features, the Ferrari Classiche Attestation Certificate of Historical Interest and a history report compiled by Swiss historian Marcel Massini are included in the sale.
This Michelotti Daytona Spider is a brilliant expression of 1970s Italian styling and one of the most memorable Ferraris built in an era where automotive individuality was becoming increasingly scarce. With its important connection to the Chinetti family, inclusion in several international displays and factory recognition, this car possesses all the qualities one looks for in an important road-going Ferrari.
This very special Ferrari has an inviting patina, a fascinating history, and a short list of owners who have all sought to preserve this remarkable piece of history for future generations. A superb example of the ultrarare coachbuilt Daytona, the Michelotti NART Spider is truly a prize for the forward-thinking collector.