We are pleased to offer 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 s/n 17041, an amazing “barn find” US model Daytona Spyder with one owner for the last forty-three years, apart for thirty-six plus years and with only 1,835 original miles. Originally shown at the Frankfurt motor show in 1969, the Daytona Spyder was instantly collectible, with 96 of the 121 production Daytona Spyders built for the US market. In the October, 1970 issue, Road & Track magazine described the 365GTB/4 as “The best sports car in the world-or the best GT. Take your choice; it’s both.”, and indeed the 365 GTB/4 remains one of the greatest and most legendary cars ever made. The 365 GTS/4 represents Ferrari’s absolute top-of-the-line offering in period, and with just 121 production “Daytona” Spyders (and one prototype s/n 12851) produced, the 365 GTS/4 are among the most collectable and certainly the highest performance Ferrari road cars of the Enzo-era, and have been, from their introduction, a true “blue chip” investment vehicle.
Built in July of 1973, 365 GTS/4 s/n 17041, with assembly sequence no. 107, body no. 1313, engine # B 2840 and transaxle # 1392. From new in Finizioni esterna giallo fly 20-Y-490 (Fly yellow) with Finizioni interna nero VM 8500 (black leather). 365 GTS/4 s/n 17041 is the 82nd of 96 US model 365 GTS/4 Daytona spyders built and was new to Johnny Von Neumann, who had been the West Coast distributor for Volkswagen and Porsche and was,
in the1950s, both a Factory Ferrari dealer and Ferrari racer. In 1971 Von Neumann sold out his Porsche and Volkswagen distributorship and retired. On 27 Jan., 1977 365 GTS/4 s/n 17041 was sold to the second and current owner by Hollywood Sports Cars, 5766 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA for $52,000 USD plus sales tax of $3,120 with 1,480 miles. We have the original Bill of Sale on file. On 17 Oct., 365 GTS/4 s/n 17041 was serviced for the current owner by Hollywood Sports Cars, 5766 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA with a major tune and new exhaust resonators, the total invoice was $2,786.18 with 1,835 miles. We have the original service invoice on file. On 15 Nov., 1978, the Ferrari Factory confirmed by Telex that 365 GTS/4 s/n 17041 was the 82nd of 96 US model 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyders. In the early 1980s 365 GTS/4 s/n 17041 was disassembled for a repaint from yellow to red by Bill Larzelere, Automotive Grooming, Burbank, CA. The engine and transaxle were removed by Alan Johnson, who had been a mechanic at Hollywood Sports Cars. New upholstery on the seats, door panels and carpet was started by Richard Muehlig but never completed. The repaint from yellow to red was done by Jim Torres, Burbank Coachwork, but 365 GTS/4 s/n 17041 was never re-assembled. The last date of registration is 20 Jan., 1985.
The body of 365 GTS/4 s/n 17041 is in superb condition, with absolutely no signs of any body repairs to any of the front, rear and inner body structure, hood, trunk lid or doors. Every body trim part is numbered with body # 1313 and all major body components, the pop-up light housings and doors, the stainless steel door and inner door opening trim panels are accounted for and correctly numbered 1313. The folding top frame, the folding tonneau cover and the original canvas top are with the car. The fuel tanks, the support bars, sending unit, fuel pumps and all major trunk components are with the car. The under body and chassis are clean, original and have no damage. Many of the suspension components have been powder coated or cadmium plated and were wrapped in copies of the 25 April, 1987 Los Angeles Herald Examiner. The five Borrani wire wheels are new.
The interior seat frames and headrests are with the car as are most of the interior inner trim panels, the shifter and handbrake controls. The dashboard and gauge cluster are with the car and the odometer shows the 1,835 original miles. The irreplaceable under-dash face cover for the A/C is with the car and sit in place. The headrests are still covered in their original black leather. Some of the new small parts that were ordered from England were wrapped in 03 May, 1984 copies of the Eastern Daily Express, published in Norwich, England.
The engine # B 2840 and under hood components are complete with the carbs, airbox and intake snorkel, carb linkage, distributors, alternator, starter, A/C compressor, cast A/C mount brackets and exhaust headers. Two new exhaust headers and a new exhaust system are with the car. The all-important smog pump, header air injection tubes and related small parts are with the car and in excellent condition. The transaxle # 1392 is complete and is fitted with the standard 10/33 gear ratio. All suspension arms have been re-plated and were wrapped in the 25 April, 1987 edition of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.
1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 “Daytona Spyder” s/n 17041 offers an opportunity to acquire an ultra-low miles, one extremely long-term owner, barn find that has been completely off-the-radar for four decades. Daytona Spyders are very rare, and are certainly among the most coveted and user-friendly Enzo-era road-going Ferraris ever built. Thanks to its abrupt tail, its four menacing exhaust pipes, its long phallic nose and its aggressive “nose down-tail up” stance the Daytona is the epitome of “macho” good looks. This Freudian combination represents the pinnacle of 1970s front-engined exotic car styling and performance. Add in 350 horsepower and an exhaust shriek to die for and you have the first of the 70’s super car. Beyond its good looks, you need only know that the Daytona will do 60 mph in 1st gear, 85 in 2nd, 115 in 3rd, 150 in 4th and there is one gear left for those brave enough to exceed 170 mph in a road car. Effortless bullets at high speed, the brakes, steering and shifter effort are just “heavy” enough to let you know you are driving a very potent machine at low speed or on a tight curve. This car, with its unique history and verifiable mileage, is a guaranteed entry to any major concours, offering the new owner his chance to restore what is certainly the lowest mileage and probably the only barn-find Daytona Spyder on the planet. Some assembly is required.
S/n 17041. Identified as 365 GTB/4 USA Spyder. Destinazione Von Neuman, USA. Assembly sequence no. 107, body no. 1313. Engine # B 2840. Numero Interno # B 2840. Transaxle # 1392. Ratio 10/33. Fitted with A/C. (H. Raab “Ferrari Serial Numbers Part I, 2nd ed”). Per factory records: Spyder No. 107; Destinazione Von Neumann; Finizioni esterna giallo fly 20-Y-490; Finizioni interna nero VM 8500; Particolarita aria condizionata, impianto radio; Strumenti MG; Targa USA.
1973, July, build date.
1973, new to John Von Neumann, the Western US distributor for Porsche, Volkwagen (he sold out in 1971) and the Ferrari distributor for southern California in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
1977, 27 Jan., sold by Hollywood Sports Cars, 5766 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA for $52,000 USD plus sales tax of $3,120 to the second and current owner with 1,480 miles.
1978, 17 Oct., serviced for the current owner by Hollywood Sports Cars, 5766 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA. Major tune, new exhaust resonators, total invoice $2,786.18. 1,835 miles.
1978, 15 Nov., identified by SEFAC Ferrari as a USA version 365 GTB/4 Spyder by factory telex, number 82nd on list of 96 US model 365 GTS/4 Daytona spyders.
1984, disassembled for repaint from yellow to red by Bill Larzelere, Automotive Grooming in Burbank. Engine and trans removed by Alan Johnson, who had been a mechanic at Hollywood Sports Cars. Interior started by Richard Muehlig. Repainted from yellow to red by Jim Torres, Burbank Coachwork, but never re-assembled.
1984, 03 May, small trim parts ordered from England were wrapped in the 03 May edition of the Eastern Daily Press, published in Norwich, England.
1985, 20 Jan., last date registered.
1987, 25 April, suspension parts which were sent out for cadmium plating were wrapped in the 25 April, 1987 edition of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner which was, at the time, claimed to be the largest afternoon-newspaper circulation in the country. It published its last print edition on November 2, 1989.
2004, 16 February, as per an e-mail from one of the owner’s sons: My dad and I have two projects currently snailing along that I think you would be interested in. The first, a red 1972 GTC4 s/n 15787 (1 owner). Original from the mouse hair on the dash to the plaid inserts in the seats. The second is a yellow 1973 Daytona Spyder. Serial is 17041 and it has right around 1800 total miles on it.
2019, 01 Oct., as per the owner’s second son, it’s time to sell the 365 GTC/4 s/n 15787, now restored, and the 365 GTS/4 which is in storage.
2020, 22 March, 365 GTS/4 picked up from long term storage by Mike and Colleen Sheehan, Ferraris-Online.