Lot 201 - 1974 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider Recreation
|Odometer reading||2,600 miles|
|Estimate||£95,000 - £120,000|
|Result||Sold - £92,000|
Introduced in 1964, the 275 GTB foreshadowed the end of Ferrari's dual-purpose berlinettas. The 275 GTB, and its later four-cam evolution, were effective in competition but were clearly designed and built with more emphasis on luxury and touring. Its design and construction paralleled Ferrari's even larger 330GTs, in both engine size and physical dimensions. Ferrari embarked upon a replacement for the 275 GTB almost immediately after it went into production and took advantage of its front-engined history and the legendary stature of its cars to create one, last front engined, V12-powered, two-seat berlinetta, the 365 GTB/4 Daytona.
Based on the all-independent suspension 330 GTC chassis layout and continuing Ferrari's heritage of long hood fastback designs, Pininfarina's design for the Daytona was dramatically different. Covered headlights, behind a Plexiglas nose panel in the first European models but later with pop up headlights, were immediately apparent. The Daytona looked fast, serious and predatory even sitting still. It backed up its appearance with 175mph performance and quarter mile times in the thirteen's.
Its character also lent itself to conversion to a lightweight, high performance spider, a market which the legendary 275 NART Spider had addressed and the Ferrari's 330 GTS did not fully satisfy. Scaglietti went on to produce a very limited of factory-built Daytona Spiders.
In addition to a folding top, the Spiders required different, stronger, windshield frames and complete new rear decks with conventional trunk lids. The bodies and frames were strengthened to make up for the substantial rigidity which the Daytona berlinetta's original fastback roof contributed to the Daytona's structure.
The Daytona Spiders' popularity has grown exponentially since production ended in 1973 and many berlinettas have been decapitated by shops both competent and casual in attempts to duplicate the style and flair of the Daytona Spider. It is of little surprise then, that a number of specialist coachbuilders began to produce accurate renditions, in limited numbers, of this most prized of convertibles.
The Ferrari 365 Daytona Spider by Southern Roadcraft is, without question, one of the most accurate replicas of the marque. Dimensions are exact and allow genuine Ferrari parts to be used if required although most used Jaguar V12 engines and running gear; a very rare few used a genuine Ferrari as the donor vehicle. Southern Roadcraft was created by brothers Ian and Brian Nichols in 1984. They saw a niche for high quality replica motorcars available within a realistic price range. Together with their team of craftsmen, they built an enviable reputation for superior products based on finer engineering, ease of assembly and outstanding value for money. Initial success came from the quality of their Cobra replica but the Daytona soon followed as, back in the booming 1980's, the prices of classic Ferrari's were soaring and Crocket and Tubbs in Miami Vice brought the gorgeous Daytona to the attention of millions.
This rare righthand drive example is one of the very rare Daytona Spiders by Southern Roadcraft which is based and registered as a 1974 Ferrari 365 Coupé, keeping the original matching chassis and engine numbers with a manual gearbox. Close inspection reveals that it is a near-exact copy of the original 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider using the wheels, lights and instruments from a donor Ferrari 365. Believed to have been built in the 1980's, this Daytona Spider is in superb condition throughout having only completed a very limited mileage since its construction. Finished in Sera blue with light blue leather interior, it is supplied with a V5C registration document, importantly describing it as a Ferrari 365 and a MoT test certificate which expires in March 2018.
It has undergone a full service in March 2015 and stored correctly since. The works included Valvoline Race engine oil and Shell transaxle oil, filters, gaskets and brake fluids. A battery cut-out has also been installed and, where once a badly fitted exhaust was situated, a new stainless steel, Daytona-type example has been fabricated and installed, all by QV London. Later, in 2016, new shock-absorbers and springs were fitted along with a carburettor re-tune by Porsche specialists, Woodward Motors.
With the original 1970's Ferrari Daytona Spider having a value in the millions of pounds, this Daytona Spider recreation looks, sounds and drives superbly. It is a Ferrari, not only in name, but in styling and detail.
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