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1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder Conversion Serial Number 13933

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Lead photograph of 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder Conversion Serial Number 13933

We are pleased to offer 1971 Euro Model Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spyder conversion s/n 13933. Originally introduced at the Frankfurt motor show in 1969, the prototype Daytona Spyder featured plexiglass covered headlights and was greeted with sensational reviews by the automotive press. Only 124 factory Daytona Spyders were built between 1969 and 1974, making them exceedingly rare finds, and at $2m today, prohibitively expensive for most enthusiasts. As a result of the collector car boom of the late 80’s, many coupes were reconfigured to replicate the legendary Daytona Spyders. With prices similar to a Coupe of the same quality and condition, 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder conversion s/n 13933 represent the best lines, best performance and best buy in a drop-top Enzo-era V12 Ferrari.

365 GTB/4 Spyder conversion s/n 13933 is one of the very last covered headlights Euro-spec Daytonas built, factory-equipped with air conditioning and delivered new in November 1970 to Clarke Simpkins, the authorized Ferrari dealer for Vancouver, British Columbia. Spyder conversion s/n 13933 was imported to the US in 1971 and sold to renowned Ferrari collector Carl Cantera of Philadelphia. In 1979 it and was converted to Daytona Spyder specifications for Mr. Cantera by Richard Straman and Company, Costa Mesa, CA. Spyder conversion s/n 13933 was later sold by Algar Ferrari to John Oppenheimer, who owned it briefly before being be sold to Roshan Siva of Vermont. The drop-top Daytona was later sold to Steve Frary, from whom the current owner acquired it. In early 2016, Spyder conversion s/n 13933 received a full cosmetic restoration, featuring show quality new black paint, an all-new tan leather interior plus the installation of a new canvas top and back window, with the work performed by Automotive Restoration, Inc. of Stratford, Connecticut at a cost of $108,450. Over the course of this great vehicle’s 46-year history, it has been driven only 74,475 kilometres (roughly 46,175 miles) at the time of writing. Importantly, 365 GTB/4 Spyder conversion s/n 13933 has received expert service over the past two owners and the last 20 years from Peter and Steve Markowski at RPM in Vermont, who share an excellent reputation among collectors and enthusiasts. We have all receipts on file in a well-presented ownership history, service history and restoration book. Ask us for photos or scans of all invoices.

Today 365 GTB/4 Spyder conversion s/n 13933 remains cosmetically stunning, having less than 100 miles since its restoration by Automotive Restoration, Inc. in Stratford, Connecticut. The paintwork was done to the highest standards and is dent-free and ripple-free. The body is arrow straight and features excellent panel fit. The black canvas top and plastic rear window are new, the interior features all new soft and supple tan leather with black “Daytona” inserts. The dashboard has been recovered in new “mouse fur”, the leather on the door panels is new and unblemished. The center console, carpets, headliner and rear parcel shelf are all new and the instruments, switches and controls function as new. The steering wheel has been fitted with new leather and a modern radio has been fitted. The clamshell which covers the folding top when down has been recovered in the correct vinyl. The chassis and undercarriage are in excellent condition and this Daytona is mounted on excellent 7.5″ X 15″ Borrani wire wheels fitted with near new and period correct 215/70/VR 15 Michelin XWX tires. The trunk presents correctly, with new carpet of the correct type. The spare is the correct 7.5″ X 15″ Borrani wire wheel and is fitted with a matching 215/70/VR 15 Michelin XWX tire. The chrome, glass and lights are all in as-new condition. The airbox, engine and engine compartment are all very clean and present very nicely.

Road and Track described the 365GTB/4 as “the best sports car in the world-or the best GT. Take your choice; it’s both.“, and indeed it remains one of the greatest and most legendary Ferraris ever made. Spyder conversion s/n 13933 is a “pride of ownership” Enzo-era Ferrari, runs extremely well, pulls strong to redline with near perfect syncros that go into 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear without a problem! Thanks to a $108,450 cosmetic restoration by Automotive Restoration, Inc. in Stratford, Connecticut; the cosmetics are as new and the A/C has been updated with front facing air vents. As a Euro model this Daytona is fitted with free flowing equal-length European exhaust headers for better top end performance. Has a well-known ownership history from new and is matching numbers, of course. Fly in for an inspection and test drive of this elegant Daytona in its stunning black with tan color combination that will not disappoint. We welcome any mechanical or body inspection. Priced right and seriously for sale at $695,950.

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