Ferrari Classiche certified
German registration papers
Period pictures from the 70's
The Ferrari 365 GTB/4 was unofficially named “Daytona” after the 1-2-3 marque win at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1967. With its now newly revisited V12 developing 352 horsepower, the Lamborghini Miura was dethroned as the fastest production car. Technically, a dry-sump lubrication meant the engine was installed lower for a centre of gravity favourable for driving, and the five-speed transaxle allowed for a perfect 50-50 weight distribution. Although intended as a coupe only by Ferrari at the beginning, the spider prototypes designed by Scaglietti and Pininfarina cought Ferrari’s interest, and one of the propositions was approved. The GTS/4 Spider was launched at the 1969 Frankfurt Auto Show, and only 121 examples for the world were ever made.
Our 365 GTS/4 Spider
Our example is chassis number 16839, a striking Giallo Fly example with Nero vaumol leather interior. Of the 121 Daytona Spiders ever made, our car is the 90th to roll out the factory. It sports some extras of the time such as air conditioning for the hot summers and a Becker radio.
Manufactured in March 1973, the car was distributed to William Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors in Reno, Nevada. Its first owner, James Nute of Dearborn, Michigan, presented the Daytona at the 12th annual Ferrari Club America Meet in May 1974, held at Stone Mountain Park, Georgia. Jim Southard of Atlanta purchased the car in 1976, and the car was then passed on to two dealers before finding home at the hands of California-based German Fred Johl in 1978. His brother, Armin Johl, was famous for having a successful leather manufacturing business and being an avid Ferrari collector.
In its then new ownership, the Daytona was registered in California with tags bearing his nickname “ITZER”, before being imported to Germany where it was seen at the Ferrari Owners Club meet at the Nürburgring in June 1980, and the AvD-Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring in 1982. Chassis 16839 was sold to Kay Bradford of Villanova, Pennsylvania, in 1986, who kept it for three years before passing it on to Gerald Bowers of Philadelphia, at which point the odometer displayed 29,132 miles. The Spider was presented under Mr. Bowes ownership at the Sixth Annual Reading Concours d’Elegance at Reading, Pennsylvania, in June 1990, winning a class award. Mr. Bowes kept the car for an additional three years, before selling it to its next caretaker.
The Daytona found its way to New York in 1993, now owned by Gary Schaevitz, who kept the car for two years, and then sold it to Dean Becker, owner of a beeper company. After an additional American ownership, the Daytona was sold to world-renowned collector Sir Anthony Bamford of Stoke-on-Trent, England, in April 1999. Marque expert Terry Hoyle was commissioned to carry out a full cosmetic restoration of chassis 16839, where exterior as well as interior were treated to an overhaul in the original delivery colors.
The car found its way once again to the USA, where, in 2001, it was purchased by Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler, for inclusion in his local museum. The car changed hands once again, acquired by Joel Finn of Connecticut, to whom it was then delivered from England. In 2006, the car was sold once again to another American owner, who kept the car for almost 13 years, during which he drove the vehicle very scarcely, meticulously maintaining it and storing it in a climate-controlled garage. In 2019, our Daytona found its way back to Germany, in a collection of Italian horses and bulls.
Our Spider retains its original engine and gearbox and is therefore a matching-numbers example. It holds a Ferrari Classiche Certificate attesting of the originality of its drivetrain and color combination. The mileage of 36.000 miles is believed to be original, and overall, the car retains a stunning condition, not over-restored, with still a very original interior, engine bay, boot, and soft top. It’s beautiful Pininfarina dress coupled to the exquisite V12 from Ferrari, as well as its rarity and condition, make it a great addition to a collection of Ferrari’s or Italian cars.
Schaltkulisse is proud to offer this piece of Ferrari history in very good condition, matching-numbers, and with a Ferrari Classiche certificate. The car as well as its underbody can be inspected at our showroom in Munich.