4,390cc DOHC V12 Engine
6 Weber Carburetors
352bhp at 7,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Superb restoration by marque experts
*Matching numbers example in factory livery
*Three long-term owners for over 40 years and just over 20,300 miles from new
*Part of the famed Livanos Collection for more than a decade
*One of the 123 haloed factory Spider models of the iconic Daytona
*Offered with Massini report, restoration receipts, books and tools
THE FERRARI 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 365 GTB/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 275 GTB (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 275 GTB.
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 275 GTB-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 constructed when production ceased in 1973.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
The history of this phenomenal Daytona Spider, chassis no. 16801, starts in the early months of 1973. The new Spider was the 88th example built in the assembly sequence of the 123-car total production. Configured as a left-hand-drive Spider destined for the US, the Daytona was optioned with air conditioning, a radio and US-market instruments. 16801 was painted in the same color it wears today, the classic 20-R190 Rosso Chiaro red, and trimmed in VM 8500 Pelle Nera black.
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 February of 1973 that 16801 was shipped off to the Western US Ferrari importer, Modern Classic Motors, owned by Nevada gambling pioneer and renowned collector William F. Harrah. By 1976, 16801 was owned by Miami resident Mr. Jeff Weiss, who would keep the red Daytona Spider for more than a decade, before selling it in 1987 to Mr. Erich Eichler of Malvern, PA. The car's comprehensive history file documents this sale, and also certifies that 16801's original mileage at the time was just 15,099 miles.
Soon after acquiring the rare Ferrari, Mr. Eichler embarked on a complete restoration, to make the 15-year-old car a show winner at Concours events. Seeking the most talented restorer for the job, Mr. Eichler entrusted 16801 to renowned automotive restoration facility Karosserie, based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Receipts from the work performed can be found in the restoration file accompanying the sale of 16801. While Karosserie performed the bodywork, Ferrari factory trained specialist Charles Pierson of Kimberton, PA was entrusted with the mechanical part of the restoration. Receipts from Mr. Pierson's work can also be found in the comprehensive history file. Once finished, Mr. Eichler started showing the exceptional Daytona Spider at various Ferrari Club of America events, including the 1995 FCA National Meet, and the 1996 Ferrari Concours in Reading, PA.
By the late 1990s, 16801 had become part of Mr. Peter Livanos' impressive Gstaad, Switzerland based collection, and would remain in his ownership for nearly two decades. In 2017, the red Daytona Spider returned to the US, and was treated to some recommissioning and paintwork by renowned coachwork specialist Richard Mullin of Malvern, Pennsylvania. Remarkably, Mr. Mullin had experience on 16801 back in the 1980s when Karosserie performed their work, so he was indeed very familiar with the red Ferrari.
Today, 16801 remains in exceptionally well restored condition throughout. The odometer reading of just over 20,300 miles is indeed believed to be the car's actual mileage from new. Close inspection reveals the superb job performed by Karosserie and Richard Mullin, and meticulous maintenance and careful custodianship since. Fitted with correct Borrani wire wheels shod with classic Michelin XWX tires, factory air conditioning and a period Becker Mexico radio, 16801 is accompanied by many desirable original items, including a set of manuals and books in pouch, the yellow Ferrari dust cloth, both the large leather bag tool roll and the Attaché briefcase tool set, convertible top cover, and a matching Borrani spare wheel and tire. The car's history file includes Marcel Massini's history report, and an abundance of restoration receipts. A legendary Ferrari model in its rarest form, this exquisitely presented Daytona Spider is an outstanding example of the rare breed.