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From A Private Ferrari Spider CollectionH.J. Hoff, Norfolk, Virginia (acquired new in 1972)Sydney Pollack, Los Angeles, California (acquired circa 1975)Alberto Amezcua, Mexico City, Mexico (acquired in 1979)Ed Zamarelli, Warren, Ohio (acquired in 1984)Alberto Amezcua, Mexico City, Mexico (reacquired from the above in 1986)George Santopietro, Beverly Hills, California (acquired in 1998)Ron Bridges, Longwood, Florida (acquired in 1999)David Nagle, Oakland Park, Florida (acquired by 2004)Gordon Apker, Scottsdale, Arizona (acquired in 2006)Chris Cox, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (acquired from the above in January 2008)Peter Capone, Santa Ynez, California (acquired from the above in November 2008)Steve Adler, New Vernon, New Jersey (acquired from the above in 2009)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2011)
Concorso Italiano, California, 1993FCA Concorso Arizona, Scottsdale, 2007 (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 1967 24 Hours of Daytona, 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 aluminium by Carrozzeria Scaglietti. Power was delivered by an enlarged version of the six-carb, four-cam, dry sump V-12 engine, now displacing 4.4 liters and delivering 352 hp at 7,500 rpm. Capable of accelerating from 0–100 mph in just 12.8 seconds and continuing on 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 and 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 2nd 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 Automobile.
At the 1969 Frankfurt International Auto Show, 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 14779, is the 31st of the 121 cars built by the factory. Completed in December 1971 and originally finished in Argento Metallizzato (Silver Metallic) over black, this Ferrari was built for the US market for which it was suitably equipped with Borletti air-conditioning and instrumentation in miles. Imported into the US by official distributor Luigi Chinetti Motors, the Ferrari was first sold, in June 1972, to dealer Carl A. Haas Automobile Imports of Highland Park, Illinois.
After a brief stint in the hands of its original owner, H.J. Hoff of Norfolk, Virginia, 14779 was sold to Academy Award-winning director, producer, and actor Sydney Pollack, whose star-studded films were among the most successful of the 1970s and ’80s. After several glamorous years in Hollywood, the Daytona Spider was sold in 1979 to well-known Mexico City-based Ferrari specialist Alberto Amezcua.
Mr. Amezcua had not had 14779 long when a powerful Mexican pawnshop owner decided he had to have the car, but had no desire to pay for it. Contrary to conventional purchasing methods, he sent armed guards to force Amezcua to sign away the title to his Ferrari. In spring 1983, the Daytona resurfaced in the US, when it arrived at European Auto Restoration in Costa Mesa, California, for repairs. A year later, the 34,000-mile car was sold to Ed Zamarelli of Ohio, who, unfortunately, learned of the car’s colorful history when he tried to sell it in 1986. Still active in the classic car community, Amezcua had noticed Zamarelli’s advertisement in Ferrari Market Letter, retained an attorney, and successfully reclaimed his purloined Ferrari.
Refinished in black, the Daytona Spider remained in Mr. Amezcua’s collection through the late 1990s, during which time it was displayed at Concorso Italiano in Carmel, California. After passing through several LA-based owners, Ron Bridges of Longwood, Florida, acquired 14779 and, in 2001, he sent the car to local specialist Vantage Motor Works for a show-quality restoration. This thorough work included a repaint in the original silver metallic livery and a comprehensive mechanical overhaul at a reported cost of $170,000.
The Ferrari remained in Florida until 2006, when it was sold to noted collector Gordon Apker. During his ownership, the Daytona Spider earned an FCA Platinum Award at the 2007 Concorso Arizona, and was then sold in January 2008, at Gooding & Company’s inaugural Scottsdale Auctions. Two years later, a subsequent owner, New Jersey-based collector Steve Adler, commissioned Steve Babinksy’s Pebble Beach Best of Show award-winning firm Automotive Restorations Inc. to improve the car’s already excellent presentation, which included restoring the interior to concours standards and addressing fine details.
Since 2011, the Daytona Spider has been a fixture in a Texas-based collection, where it has been proudly displayed among a stable of iconic postwar sports cars. Although the Ferrari has enjoyed sparing use, it has always been maintained as needed and kept in show-ready condition.
Presented today in its attractive, factory-delivered color scheme, and equipped with optional Borrani wire wheels and a wood-rimmed steering wheel, this Daytona Spider has enjoyed limited use throughout its life and shows less than 40,000 miles on its odometer. An unusually correct and complete example, this Platinum Award-winner is offered with important and valuable accessories including a proper tool roll and owner’s handbooks, as well as 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, comprised of 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. Even today, it remains among the most sought-after sports cars of its era, as it is one of the few genuine front-engine V-12 supercars that can provide the incomparable thrill of open-air motoring. Fast, beautiful, and rare, these Ferraris embody the finest qualities of thoroughbred Italian sports cars. The car presented here is a particularly appealing example, worthy of serious consideration.