Despite increasing pressure from its Italian rivals in the early 70s, Ferrari remained steadfast in its commitment to traditional front-engine V12-powered road cars. When the wild new mid-engine Lamborghini Miura first appeared in 1965, it signaled alarm bells for many at Ferrari, making the contemporary 275 GTB/4 look decidedly old-fashioned. Even within the factory gates, the Scuderia’s open-wheel and prototype sports cars had gone to rear engines, yet Enzo dug in his heels for road cars, insisting his clients did not need finicky race cars for the street.
Concurrently, Pininfarina’s design chief, Leonardo Fioravanti, had never been entirely satisfied with the 275 GTB/4 and was eager for a new model that reflected the spirit of the times. Shortly into 275 GTB/4 production, he “borrowed” a bare chassis and engine from the assembly floor, which he used to mock-up its potential replacement. He created a modern and muscular shape that, while still in its traditional front-engine layout, was far removed from the 275 and ready to propel Ferrari into the new decade. Enzo Ferrari was so impressed with Fioravanti’s experiment that he immediately green-lit the car for production. The new 365 GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ was introduced at the 1968 Paris Salon, boasting a quad-cam V12 engine of 4.4-liters and a top speed of 174 mph. While it may not have shared the Lamborghini Miura’s shock value, it was no less exciting to drive, with superior comfort and practicality. The Daytona is a cornerstone of collectible Ferraris, with iconic looks and stunning performance that define Italian motoring in the 70s.
This 1970 365 GTB/4 Daytona ‘spider’ is being offered for the first time in more than 40 years. Chassis number 13505 is a European-spec model sold new through Crepaldi Automobili to an Italian doctor. According to the history report compiled by Marcel Massini, the first owner, Dr. Arrigo Recordati, was a resident of Milan and head of Recordati Industria Chimica e Farmaceutica - a large and highly successful pharmaceutical business, still in operation today. Dr. Recordati’s Daytona was born as a coupe, finished in Argento Metallizzato over black leather, and equipped with the early-style Plexiglas nose panel, wood steering wheel, headrest-delete seats, and instruments in Kilometers. The next significant moment in its history appeared in 1978 when it was converted to an open Spider in Modena using parts acquired from Carrozzeria Scaglietti, the coachbuilder responsible for the 122 official Daytona Spiders.
Approximately a year later, 13505 was imported to the United States and federalized by Autopalace in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1980, it was sold via Terry Myr to its most recent custodian, and the Daytona remained in the care of his expansive private collection through 2021. As offered today, 13505 is finished in classic Rosso Corsa over its original black leather interior and shows just over 31,000 km on the odometer. Four decades of continuous ownership is documented, with registration certificates dating back to the early 80s.
The Daytona’s coachwork is crisp, and the paintwork is attractive and well-preserved all around. It was converted from its original ‘Plexi-nose’ spec (for federalization purposes) using factory components, and the body is authentically detailed with correct bumpers, lamps, and other fittings. Rolling stock consists of the iconic five-spoke knock-off Cromodora alloy wheels shod with period-correct Michelin XWX radials.
The superb interior retains the original black leather headrest-delete seats, the proper wood-rimmed steering wheel, and factory-original fittings. The upholstery’s rich and appealing character was earned over 40 years of continuous care and enjoyment, and it encourages regular use with a beautiful patina. Instruments, controls, and switchgear are in good order, and the black canvas top has some age-appropriate fading but is otherwise sound.
Ferrari’s mighty 4.4-liter four-cam V12 engine is well detailed and tidy, with evidence of consistent servicing through the years. Noteworthy maintenance items include recently replaced ANSA center and rear exhaust system components, fitted at considerable expense. It runs and drives well, with all of the power and excitement expected from a Daytona.
Few performance machines of the era can match the Daytona’s style, sense of occasion, and thundering performance – and this example adds open-air motoring to the mix for the ultimate 70s supercar experience. Available for the first time in over 40 years, this attractive and exceptionally well-preserved Daytona is ready for its next caretaker to enjoy out on the open road.
Offers welcome and trades considered