1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider
- Complete Restoration
- Spider Conversion by Sheehan
- Matching Numbers
- $Price on Request
1970 Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona Spider Conversion
As presented by Curated:
Completely restored – every nut and bolt by the very best craftsmen:
Interior by Classic Coach
Paint by Morici Motor Sports, LLC.
Mechanicals by Mark Brown.
Converted by Mike Sheehan
In the racing world, the word Daytona conjures up certain images, many related to the famous high speed banked oval in Daytona Beach, Florida, scene to famous races such as the Daytona 500 and 24 Hours of Daytona, to name a few.
But, to Ferraristi, Daytona only means one thing, the iconic Ferrari 356 GTB/4, the design which completely revolutionized the motoring world on its debut at the 1968 Paris Auto Salon, setting the design standard for other manufactures to follow for the next three decades as it was easily one of the most imitated cars in history.
The Daytona name was not given to the car by decree from Maranello, rather it was more of a tribute to Ferrari’s astounding success winning the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona with the legendary 330 P4s finishing 1-2-3. This important victory was captured in one of the most iconic racing images of all time as all three cars took the checkered flag line three abreast in a staged finish for the cameras, adding to the Ferrari legend on the high banked American combined oval and road course.
Ferrari was no stranger to producing front-engined V12 grand touring coupes and convertible spiders of course having produced classic designs from the 250 California GT, 250 GTO and 275 GTB/4 and other variants throughout the sixties. With the 365 GTB/4, Pininfarina designer Leonardo Fiovaranti took the concept to the next level with an eye towards the 1970s, an exciting new decade was coming, the world was changing and the automotive industry was changing with it. The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona was a direct reflection of those times.
While still, long and dramatic like its older brothers, the Daytona featured a more modern streamlined shape starting at the tip of the sharp nose extending to its famous wedge shape and still very much with a formidable Ferrari presence. Gone were the bulbous pontoon fenders of its older brothers, in favor of a cleaner streamlined shape to the tapered off rear end. No matter what angle you look at it, the Daytona is as close to automotive design perfection as it gets but still very much in the great Ferrari and Pininfarina fashion.
Under the hood, Ferrari increased performance carrying over the 275’s Colombo silk smooth alloy V12 engine but increased to 4.4 liters with dual overhead cams and six Weber twin carburetors pumping out 352BHP. With the engine placed in the front and 5-speed manual gearbox in the back, the Daytona had near perfect balance.
This car, 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 #13227, started life as a Berlinetta coupe but, as was not uncommon at the time, converted to a convertible by none other than Michael Sheehan in Costa Mesa, California.
Since, the Daytona Spider’s arrival at Curated, it has received superlatives from collectors and enthusiasts alike praising the presentation of the car. It’s has been gone over thoroughly, very clean from nose to bonnet, under the hood not a thing out of place and the interior is simply spectacular suggesting the last owner took very good care of the car.
Please visit the Curated showroom in Miami to see this spectacular Ferrari Daytona Spider Conversion!