No. 16839 was originally delivered by the noted Modern Classic Motors of Reno, Nevada, the West Coast Ferrari distributorship of William F. Harrah. It was a late production car, being the 90th Daytona Spider to leave the factory, one of the just 121 made in total. Per factory records, No.16839 was finished in Giallo Fly (1 of 16 US cars in this color), with Black leather interior, factory air conditioning, Becker radio system, Borrani wheels and instrumentation in miles. All of these accessories and options are present to this day.
The Spider was first sold to James N. Nute, a gentleman from Michigan. In 1979, it switched hands to Fred “Itzer” Johl through Rolls-Royce Beverly Hills. Consequently, according to the available Marcel Massini report, it was owned by some four American owners and reported to be in great condition. In 2000, it was sold across the pond to Sir Anthony Bamford in Stoke-on-Trent (UK). Mr. Bamford is a well-known avid Ferrari collector and can count two 250 GTOs in his current garage. Under his ownership, the car is thought to have been repainted in the same original Giallo Fly 20-Y-490, as certified by the factory. Certain measures were also taken to convert the car to European specification (carried-out by Terry Hoyle), which included removing the side markers and clean air equipment.
In 2001 the car was re-imported to the United Stated and titled by Joel Finn in Connecticut. October of 2006, No. 16839 was offered for sale and purchased by the current American consignor. The consignor obtained a Nevada registration and carefully garaged this special car.
Currently, this car is presented in beautiful condition, with the paint showing really well and with just some minor stress cracks in the usual areas. The odometer marks 32,284 miles, which were accrued in the early ownership of the car. Inside, the leather work, which is thought to be original, is fabulously stunning. All the electric components (lights, air conditioning, power windows etc) appear to be working perfectly. This car has to be seen and felt in person to be truly and fully appreciated.
ABOUT THE DAYTONA SPIDER
The evolution of the 275 GTB4 was a milestone in the history of extreme high-performance front-engined sports cars. It almost immediately became known as the “Daytona”, although this was an unofficial title given by the media of the time, in recognition of the Ferrari 1-2-3 victory in the Daytona 24-Hour Race in 1967. However, the unofficial name has stuck, and continues to be widely used today. The new model had a large success, especially in the United States where it is to this day considered one of the cult Ferraris. The convertible version of the 365 GTB4 made its debut at the 1969 Frankfurt Motor Show. It was received enthusiastically by the public and the trade press alike, and retained the mechanical features and performance of the coupé, with a design that is still striking today. The production numbers were extremely low and just 121 spiders were made compared to the 1,284 coupés made.
Due to the popularity of the spiders and the struggle for buyers to get their hands on one, several berlinettas have had the roof cut off to be converted into the spider variant, this vogue being particularly popular in the late eighties as the price of original examples soared. Our exemplar is certified to have been originally produced as a spider and is offered with a new soft top.
THE ENGINE and PERFORMANCE
The engine was the same Colombo V12 unit used in the 365 GTB4, with factory type reference 251, of 4390cc capacity, with a bore and stroke of 81mm x 71mm, with dry sump lubrication. It was fitted with a bank of six twin choke Weber 40 DCN20 or 21 carburettors, those of the USA market cars carrying the suffix “A”, with a twin coil and rear of engine mounted distributors ignition system, with an electronic system fitted to USA market versions, to produce a claimed 352bhp. All versions of the Daytona were fitted with a five-speed manual gearbox, which was mounted towards the tail of the car to help even out the front/rear weight distribution. Drained of all its various fluids, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 tips the scales with a dry curb weight of 2,646 pounds. That’s mighty light by modern standards, but about right for the era in question. Managing the heft (or lack thereof) is a four-wheel independent suspension, with wishbones and coil springs at each of the corners.
As it has been said, the Ferrari Daytona is the model that projected Ferrari into the 70s as the world’s leading sports car manufacturer, winning in the race tracks and on the sales floor. The Daytona solidified Ferraris presence around the world and was especially adored by its American clients. Today, you have the mouth-watering opportunity to acquire one of the few original spiders in the stunning colors of Enzo’s birthplace.