- One family ownership for forty two years (1972 to 2014)
- Matching numbers; mileage of 29,000 believed to be genuine
- All tools and books, original color combination
#14185 has a wonderful history residing in California its entire life with essentially two owners. Delivered new in March 1971 to 'Classic Motors' of Reno Nevada, its first owner purchased it on 31 July 1971 and was a resident of North Hollywood, California. In November 1972 its second owner purchased it from'Hollywood Sports Cars' in Los Angeles with 2,800 miles, the car remaining with him and his son until last year. The current indicated mileage of 29,168 is from new and believed to be correct. In 2014, after purchasing the car from its long term family ownership, the car was sent to'The Finishing Touch' in Arizona for a complete repaint, new exhaust system, and a light mechanical service. The car makes a very strong cosmetic impression with an impressively straight body,excellent panel gaps, chrome, glass, and lights, and the wheels are in very good condition, The hood is of highest quality Mohair, in good physical condition, and the rear window is clear. The interior is very good throughout, the leather trim being excellent and slightly mellowed. The dashboard has been re-trimmed in high-quality leatherette, rather than the usual 'mouse fur' that quickly deteriorates in the sun. The gauges and switches are excellent and the car has the correct and very rare retractable sun visors which are unique to the Daytona Spider. The original wing liners are present as is the air pump, which is almost always missing, and the original factoryDinoplex ignition boxes. The car is complete with its original Ferrari factory books in the original leather pouch, copy of the purchase invoice from 1972, original and very rare Guarantee Card, USA supplement, tools, jack, and knock-off hammer and matching spare wheel. The History File also includes many photos of the car before, during, and after the work by Richard Straman.
With only 124 Daytona365 GTS/4 spiders built, exceedingly rare and prohibitively expensive ( 3 of them were sold at auctions in 2014 and 2015 for almost 3 million euros...), several Daytona Coupées were reconfigured to replicate the legendary spider, and today high quality conversions to spider format are accepted and valued within therealm of the Ferrari enthusiast. Within these enthusiasts the coachbuilder with the highest reputation for the integrity of work and quality of finish was Richard Straman of Southern California, who in the early eighties' was commissioned by the long-term owner to convert this Coupée to a spider. With known history from new, essentially two owners, an entire life in Southern California, and matching-numbers with no accident history, this is a great opportunity to acquire an attractive and extremely straight Daytona spider conversion that offers tremendous value.