The Ferrari Daytona is one of the most sought after cars in automotive history and certainly the most sought after Ferrari. There were only 1,406 models built in its six model years, making it a very exclusive car. The spyder model, which is officially dubbed the Ferrari 365 GTS/4 is ultimately the rarest of the group, seeing only 122 models from 1971 through 1973.
We are not certain how many of the 122 spyder models are still in existence today, but that number may be taken down by one after a horrible meeting between a GTS/4 and a German tree. As expected of such a meeting, the tree won, leaving the once-worth-$600,000 GTS/4 with some serious damage.
According to reports, the driver claimed that his brakes failed, causing him to slam into the tree. Fortunately, the driver was not injured and his passenger was only treated for minor injuries. More than likely, the GTS/4 will be rebuilt, but judging from the damage, it will no longer be a $600K car. Hopefully the driver had some pretty stout insurance coverage on this puppy...
China is becoming a key market for a lot of automotive companies, including Ferrari and, as a thank you gift, the company has opened a new Myth exhibition at the Italian Center in Shanghai Expo Park. The inauguration ceremony was attended by the company’s Deputy Chairman Piero Ferrari, as well as representatives of both the Chinese and Italian governments.
The new exhibition center covers an area of 900 square meters and will be open to the public for three years. Its aim is to introduce the Chinese to Ferrari and allow them to experience the history, cars, technologies, and passion of the Prancing Horse first-hand, thereby further consolidating the already strong links between the Italian marque and this nation.
The models displayed are the 348 TS as the first Ferrari to enter the Chinese mainland market, a 275 GTB4, a 365 GTB4 Daytona, the 750 Monza sports prototype, and the FF.
"For millions of people around the world, Ferrari represents the pinnacle of Italian culture," declared Piero Ferrari. "It is a symbol of passion, success and the constant pursuit of excellence. It has always been our wish to share Ferrari’s unique history and culture with the people of China who have shown great affection for the Prancing Horse and with whom we share core values such as respect for tradition and a tenacious spirit of innovation."
RM Auctions’ in Monano has proved yet again that classic Ferrari models will never lose their value. A 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Scaglietti Spider was auctioned off for an staggering €5,040,000, or about $6.4 million, a record for this particular model. This was the first time in 30 years that this model was available for auction and it is one of the only two models ever built.
Next to this Ferrari, Monaco scored impressive sales of up to €33.5 million, about $43 million at the current exchange rates. The list of the most expensive models include: a 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spyder ’Tuboscocca’ and a 1966 Ferrari 206 S Dino Spyder each fetching an impressive €2,520,000 (about $3.2 million), a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder sold for €1,008,000 ($1.3 million), the Ferrari F1-2000 Racing Car raced by Michael Schumacher on his way to the 2000 Driver’s Championship for €806,400 ($1 million), and the highly anticipated 1953 Timossi-Ferrari ’Arno XI’ Racing Hydroplane for €868,000 ($1.1 million).
"Monaco 2012 has been a fantastic success. With in excess of 33.5 million sold, this sale rates as one of Europe’s highest grossing collector car sales of all time and most certainly the highest grossing collector car auction in Europe this year. Once again, RM has proved itself to be the preeminent force in the collector car auction scene," says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe.
In 1968, Ferrari saw it fit to replace the four-year-old 275 GTB/4. Its replacement was codenamed the “Daytona” in honor of Ferrari’s 24 Hours of Daytona win, but Ferrari had no plans to use this name for the production model, despite the outcry from enthusiasts.
In 1968, the GTB/4 was introduced and Ferrari enthusiasts took it upon themselves to dub it the Daytona. The nickname was so popular that the GTB/4 became almost more noticeable under its nickname than its given name. In the same model year, a rare convertible model was released based on the same GTB/4 chassis.
Ferrari did not stray too awfully far for the name of this convertible model, as they simply dropped the “B” in “GTB” and replaced it with an “S,” which stands for Spyder, creating the GTS/4. There were several models of the GTS/4, including: European-spec RHD, US-spec LHD and European-spec LHD. The latter of the group is the rarest, as only 18 of the 122 Daytona Spyders built were Euro-spec LHD.
If owning one of these masterpieces is something you would like to do, but never thought you could get your hands on one, RM Auctions has solved that part of the equation. On May 12, 2012 in Monaco, RM Auctions will be auctioning off a 1971 version of the Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder. This means you can not only own one of the rarest Ferraris, but also the especially rare LHD Euro-spec model!
Click past the jump to read our full review on this legendary machine.
Back in 1968, Ferrari unveiled the Daytona sports car, a model that stayed under production until 1973. During this period, Ferrari only produced 158 right-hand-drive units, but one of them was very special. It was loaned to Prince Charles for one week in 1973. It was then sold in July that same year for the sum of £9,250, or $13,172 at the current rates.
The Ferrari then moved from its princely duties over to the big screen in a film by Top Gear. In this movie, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 was driven by Richard Hammond and was put up against a £1.25m (about $1.7 million at the current rates) power boat driven by James May during a trip from Portofino to Saint-Tropez. This very same Ferrari will now be put up for auction on May 18th in the Historics auction at Brooklands. Of course, anyone looking for a price tag similar to the one paid in 1973 will be sadly mistaken.
The 356 GTB/4 is powered by a 4.4 liter V12 producing 352bhp at 7500rpm. During the 356’s production time, the Daytona was the world’s fastest production car with a top speed of 175mph and 0-60mph time of 5.3 seconds.
Mr. October himself, Reggie Jackson, has a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder bearing chassis number 16835, one of the rarest Ferraris you can find on the planet. The good news is that the baseball legend has put this specific car on the auction block. The bad news is that if you want to buy it, you’re going to need at least $1 million.
Such is the plight of the average folks. No matter how much we want to own a car of this magnitude, the closest thing we can settle for is pictures and the occasional daydreams.
If you just so happen to be one of the lucky ones that do have the money to make such a purchase, you’d be glad to know that the car will be one of the featured items at RM Auctions’ annual Automobiles of Arizona sale, which is going to be held on January 20th-21st in Phoenix, Arizona. Who knows, you might end up becoming the new owner of this classic Ferrari that was once owned by not just Reggie Jackson, but also iconic daredevil Evel Knievel.
In late 1968 Ferrari replaced the 330 GTC with the 365 GTC. The new model was in fact a re-engine of the 330 GTC, featuring almost the same design. Differences were limited to non-vented front fenders and a vented hood. Until 1970, when the car was discontinued Ferrari produced 168 units, in both left hand and right hand drive configuration.
Like the 330 GTC models, the bodies were built at the Pininfarina works in Turin, then delivered fully trimmed to Ferrari for fitments of the mechanical components.
The 365 GTC was built on a 2400mm wheelbase tubular steel chassis with the layout virtually identical to that of the models replaced, as the only mechanical change that had occurred was in the size of the engine. The standard road wheels were the ten-hole alloy design, as fitted to their predecessor, whilst similarly Borrani wire wheels were available as an option.
In 1966 Lamborghini unveiled the Miura sports car. We might say that this was the moment when Enzo Ferrari might have regret telling Lamborghini to focus on his tractors and let him worry about the cars. So it was his move, unless he wanted his sales to hurt a lot.
In 1966 Pininfarina designer Leonardo Fioravanti decided is time for him to create something unique. He took a standard 330 GTC chassis and mostly focused on improving its aerodynamics. So, in the autumn of 1968 at the Paris Motor Show Ferrari was presenting the 365 GTB (365 being the size of one cylinder in cubic centimeters, 4 referring to the engine’s four cams), also known as the "Daytona" in recognition of the Ferrari 1-2-3 victory in the Daytona 24-Hour Race in 1967.
The 356 GTB4 was the last model made by Ferrari before Enzo sold his company to Fiat in June 1969. It was also the last 12-cylinder Ferrari to be sold new in the USA (through official channels) until 1984, when the Testarossa was announced.
In 1967 at the Paris Auto Show Ferrari unveiled the 365 GT 2+2 as a replacement for the 330 GT 2+2. The car remained into production until 1971 with more than 800 units being produced all in only one version.
It was the first Ferrari to feature power steering and air conditioning as standard for the American market, as well as a spacious luggage compartment and two proper rear seats.
Like all the latest Ferrari it was designed by Pininfarina, with the cars were constructed and trimmed at their works, before shipment to the Ferrari factory for fitment of the mechanical components.
In designing the car Pininfarina took their inspiration from 365 California, but added bulkier quarter bumpers and incorporated side/turn light assemblies in the front face that were unique to this model. It also featured black plastic engine bay exhaust air louvres on the scuttle, either side of the trailing edge of the bonnet.
In 1968 Ferrari replaced the 330 GTS with the 365 GTS spider, a model with a very short life. In less than a year of existence Ferrari built only 20 units of the car, becoming one of the rarest Ferrari of the time.
On the exterior the 365 GTS looked almost identical to the 330 GTS; the exception was made by the omission of the exhaust air outlets on the front wing sides, which were replaced by a trapezoidal black plastic louvre panel close to each trailing corner of the bonnet. Also the "330" logo was replaced with only the "Ferrari" badge.
On the interior Ferrari also added two circular directional demister outlets in the centre of the dash top.
Like most of the Ferrari the 365 GTS was built at the Pininfarina works in Turin, then delivered fully trimmed to Ferrari for fitment of the mechanical components.