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  • Part of The Aurora Collection
  • Number 113 of 122 factory-built Spiders
  • Single ownership from new; only 3,862 miles on its odometer
  • Rare factory-correct colour combination of Marrone over Pelle Nera Connolly leather
  • Retains its matching-numbers chassis, engine, and transaxle according to factory records
  • Built to US-specification with factory air conditioning, Voxson stereo, and imperial instruments

Ferrari announced the 365 GTB/4 in berlinetta form in 1968, introducing Leonardo Fioravanti’s famed shark-nose design while the upcoming rear-engined flat-12 remained a work-in-progress. That the model was nicknamed “Daytona” in honour of the company’s dominant 1-2-3 finish at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona has become a point of legend, even if the name was not officially sanctioned by Enzo Ferrari.

Powered by a 4.4-litre dual-overhead-cam Tipo 251 V-12 engine with six Weber twin-choke carburettors, the Daytona evolved into an especially handsome form when the top was removed. The striking 365 GTS/4 was introduced at the 1969 Frankfurt Motor Show. Endowed with a purity of line and a purposeful stance, the new convertible became instantly collectible with only 122 examples produced. As the final front-engined, open-topped Ferrari to feature a derivation of Gioacchino Colombo’s classic short-block V-12, the Daytona Spider is the ultimate evolution of 20 years of development, and the final hereditary successor of a generation of vintage Ferraris.

The remarkable US-specification example offered here was the 113th example produced. It was delivered new in April 1973 to official Swiss importer SAVAF (Société Anonyme pour la Vente des Automobiles Ferrari) in Geneva, Switzerland. The car was sold on 3 April 1973 to its first, only, and current owner, who in the intervening years brought the Ferrari to Sweden.

Finished in the same correct colour combination today as when it left the factory, this Daytona Spider’s deep Marrone (106-M-73) exterior is perfectly complemented by an interior elegantly finished in correct Pelle Nera Connolly leather. Built to US specifications, the car features instrumentation in miles, and was desirably equipped with factory air-conditioning and a Voxson Stereo with AM/FM radio and 8-track player. The car is accompanied by its “briefcase” toolkit, additional leather tool bag, and spare wheel.

According to factory records, the Daytona Spider retains its matching-numbers chassis, engine, and transaxle. In November 2011, the car was certified by Ferrari Classiche, as is documented by an accompanying digital scan that is available to view in the history file. Bidders should note that its printed Classiche “Red Book” has been misplaced, and its next owner will need to contact Ferrari Classiche directly to discuss recertification.

Stunningly preserved, exceedingly rare, and endlessly desirable, this quintessential 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider is offered from the collection of its first and only owner, and at the time of cataloguing its odometer read a remarkable 3,862 miles. For marque enthusiasts, this Daytona Spider presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a machine of unparalleled provenance.

Please note, a small leak has been observed from the head gasket, and it is recommended that the engine should be inspected prior to being run.

Si prega di notare che è stata osservata una piccola perdita dalla guarnizione della testa e si raccomanda di ispezionare il motore prima dell’utilizzo.

To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/ve23.

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