Designed by Pininfarina, built by Scaglietti, engineered by Ferrari. Three ingredients that make the Daytona Spyder one of the most sought after Ferrari road cars of all time.
The prototype was premiered at the 1969 Frankfurt Motor Show, exhibiting Plexiglas headlights and slight angulations to the body - features lost on the 121 other production models. Pop-up headlights were brought into comply with the regulations of the USA, the Spyder's largest export destination. Sharing a 4.4-litre V12 with its Berlinetta namesake, the Daytona Spyder made 170mph motoring all the more exciting with the roof down. It is a rare car, not only because of its low volume production, but also because it has never had any real contemporary.
The story is similar today and a genuine Daytona Spyder enjoys a unique following and ever-gaining appreciation. It is, without question, one of the ultimate and the last ‘proper' open Ferrari from the Enzo era.
Ordered in the late summer of 1971, the Ferrari Daytona Spyder offered here was delivered new to the casino owner and car collector William F. Harrah. This example, chassis 14543, was one of the cars in Harrah's personal fleet and would have been quite a spectacle on the roads of Nevada.
Harrah sold the Spyder to Dr. Jack Frost, another enthusiastic collector, in 1976 with just 2,509 miles on the odometer. ‘14543' joined Frost's 50-strong collection, housed in a climate-controlled warehouse, where it resided for 31 years. In that time the Spyder saw minimal usage but was well-known in Ferrari Club circles for its various Concours appearances and features in numerous publications. The Spyder remained original under Frost's ownership, save for a 'like-for-like' repaint.
14543 was sold to its third owner in 2008 after Dr. Frost's passing and a sympathetic recommission returned the Spyder to full roadworthiness, replacing as few original pieces as possible. By this time the odometer read approximately 3,700 miles and even the factory-fitted Michelin XWX tyres remained. Given its supreme original state the Daytona was granted Ferrari Classiche certification in 2009. Recently it was decided that this car was the perfect basis for a Concours-grade refinish and has now been completed in the most desirable colours of black coachwork with fresh red leather by Luppi. In combination with this now flawless condition, the Spyder has still only covered 3,946 original and accounted-for miles.
As arguably the finest Daytona Spyder on the open market and one of just 122 ever built, this is an extremely rare opportunity to acquire one of the most collectable Ferraris ever made. Completing the package is a history file documenting this truly remarkable low owner, low mileage and low production Daytona Spyder. Only after considerable persuasion by ourselves has the ‘Stradale' Collection considered releasing this car at today's guide price. Those who track indices such as HAGI will very quickly identify the trend that these cars have travelled in value. It's not such a stretch to see a rare and true benchmark Ferrari such as this top $5million dollars soon, should history repeat itself...