The ex-Mansour Ojjeh - Ferrari Classiche Certified
1973 FERRARI 365GTS/4 DAYTONA SPIDER
Coachwork by by Scaglietti Design by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 17057
Engine no. B2944
4,390cc DOHC V12 Engine
6 Weber Carburetors
352bhp at 7,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Exceedingly original and preserved example
*Retains original interior and much of the factory paint
*Few owners and less than 3,400 miles from new
*One of the 123 haloed factory Spider models of the iconic Daytona
*Impressively optioned, US delivery example
THE FERRARI 365GTS/4 DAYTONA SPIDER
'The Daytona has been called the last great front-engined supercar. For one who has thought about it, it is not difficult to see why; for one who has driven it, it is very easy to see why... A supercar must prove its superiority on ordinary roads; the Daytona did.' - L J K Setright, Supercar Classics, autumn 1983.
The ultimate expression of Ferrari's fabulous line of V12 front-engined sports cars, the 365GTB/4 debuted at the Paris Salon in 1968, soon gaining the unofficial name 'Daytona' in honor of the sweeping 1, 2, 3 finish by the Ferrari 330P4 sports prototype at that circuit in 1967. Pininfarina's Leonardo Fioravanti, later the famed carrozzeria's director of research and development, was responsible for the influential shark-nosed styling, creating a package that restated the traditional "long bonnet, small cabin, short tail" look in a manner suggesting muscular horsepower while retaining all the elegance associated with the Italian coachbuilder's work for Maranello. An unusual feature was a full-width transparent panel covering the headlamps, though this was replaced by electrically operated pop-up lights to meet US requirements soon after the start of production in the second half of 1969. Fioravanti later revealed that the Daytona was his favorite among the many Ferraris he designed.
In response to Lamborghini's 350GT, Ferrari's road-car V12 had gained four overhead camshafts during production of the 275GTB (cars thus equipped acquiring a '/4' suffix) and in the Daytona displaced 4,390cc. Power output was 352bhp at 7,500rpm, with maximum torque of 318lb/ft available at 5,500rpm. Dry-sump lubrication permitted a low engine installation, while a five-speed transaxle enabled 50/50 front/rear weight distribution to be achieved. The chassis embodied long-standing Ferrari practice - being comprised of oval-section tubing - the all-independent wishbone and coil-spring suspension was a more recent development though, having originated in the preceding 275GTB.
Unlike the contemporary 365GTC/4, the Daytona was not available with power steering, a feature then deemed inappropriate for a 'real' sports car. There was, however, servo assistance for the four-wheel, ventilated disc brakes. Air conditioning - vital for the US market - was optional, but elsewhere the Daytona remained uncompromisingly focused on delivering nothing less than superlative high performance.
Although there had been no official open-top versions of its predecessor, the favorable reception of Luigi Chinetti's 275GTB-based NART Spider no doubt influenced Ferrari's decision to produce a convertible Daytona. Again the work of Pininfarina, the latter was first seen at the Paris Salon in 1969, deliveries commencing in 1971. Although the rear end had been extensively reworked, so successful was Pininfarina's surgery that it was hard to credit that the Daytona had not initially been conceived as a Spider.
The most powerful two-seater, road-going GT and the world's fastest production car at the time of its launch, the Daytona was capable of over 170mph (274km/h) and is surely destined to remain a top-ranking supercar for eternity. Some 1,400 Berlinetta coupe models and just 123 Spider convertibles had been made when production ceased in 1973.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
As original and preserved collector cars are gaining more and more interest and appreciation among collectors around the world, the exceptionally original example of Ferrari's legendary 365GTS/4 Daytona Spider offered here represents a genuine opportunity to acquire something very special.
The history of this phenomenal Daytona Spider, chassis no. 17057, starts in the summer of 1973. The new Spider was the 113th example built in the assembly sequence of the 123-car total production. Configured as a left-hand-drive Spider equipped for the US market, the Daytona was optioned with air conditioning, and a Becker radio was installed with loudspeaker and antenna. 17057 was painted in the same exterior paint color it wears today; the smart Azzurro Hyperion light blue metallic, and trimmed with the same interior and upholstery still in the car today; the light Beige Scuro accented by black inserts. Finally, the new Spider was finished with the same Cromodora alloy wheels as seen on it today.
As was the case with many of the world's expensive super cars of the era, the new Daytona Spider took months to complete and it wasn't until March of 1974 that 17057 was officially ordered by the US Ferrari importer and agency, Luigi Chinetti Motors, Inc., at that time located on Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut. Chinetti Sr. had brought the car to the US for a long time client and friend of his, Mr. Wayne Nelson of Indianapolis, Indiana, and later Florida. As summarized by Mr. Nelson during recent correspondence: "Luigi Chinetti Sr. spent a great deal of time working with me on this Daytona Spider. The natural leather was ordered with the car, and the blue is a special color that I have a special affection for, and I still have cars this color".
17057 would remain in Mr. Nelson's ownership for decades. A builder of residential real estate, the low-mileage of 17057 can be attributed to Nelson's busy schedule during the 1970s and 1980s. According to Nelson, he was building over 400 apartments a year during this period, an activity that would ultimately leave the blue Daytona Spider parked in the garage for the majority of the time during his ownership. A collector of other Ferraris, and a regular at Concours d'Elegance and Ferrari events to this day, Nelson was a great custodian for 17057, and kept the car in immaculate original condition, complete with the car's original purchase contract from Chinetti, the original factory order form, the original books and service manuals, radio manual, Shell cloth and tool roll.
Mr. Nelson finally sold 17057 in 1992, at which point the Daytona Spider had accumulated just 1,600 miles from new. The exceptional Ferrari was purchased by San Francisco resident, Hudson Li, who in turn told the car to renowned Ferrari and sports car collector, Charles Wegner of Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Wegner kept the highly original, low-mile Daytona Spider for about a year, before selling it to motorsport enthusiast extraordinaire, racing team owner and previous owner of Tag Heuer Watches, Mansour Ojjeh of Paris, France. Mr. Ojjeh is believed to have kept the light blue Daytona Spider at his home on the Pacific Coast near Santa Barbara, California, using the car sparingly in the mild California climate. In 2001, with a little over 3,000 miles recorded on its odometer, 17057 was traded to a collector in Texas, who kept the car in largely static storage, before selling it to the consignor in 2009.
Today, 17057 remains in exceptionally original and beautifully preserved condition throughout. With less than 3,400 miles from new and a documented history of only a few dedicated owners, this time warp Ferrari must be one of the best-kept and most original examples left in existence. The car was recently treated to a service at Algar Ferrari in Pennsylvania, and was at the same time inspected, photographed and enrolled in Ferrari Classiche's Certification program. The new owner will be receiving the red Certification book once it has been completed at Ferrari SpA. Complete with the factory-applied decals and emblems, the car's original set of manuals and books, tools, and letters from Chinetti and Ferrari SpA, 17057 remains as intact as possible and presents as a complete historical package.
The sale of 17057 is an opportunity to acquire one of the most original and best-preserved Ferraris of the highly collectible Enzo era. It is unquestionably one of the most evocative and gorgeous Daytona Spiders to have left the factory, and remains today just as resplendent as it must have appeared upon delivery to Chinetti in 1973.