We always want what we can't have. With only 122 produced, few people will ever have the pleasure of driving a Ferrari Daytona Spyder, much less own one. Of course, this prompted kit car manufacturers to create look alikes in droves and even encouraged some coach builders to chop the roof off hardtop Daytonas. This numbers matching 1971 Daytona for sale in Arizona is said to have been converted by known coachbuilder Richard Straman and was recently restored.
1971 Ferrari Daytona 365 GTB/4 Straman Spyder Convertible. Black Exterior with Tan Leather Interior. Hours were spent to make the car laser straight and all gaps to fit correctly. V-12 numbers matching engine that was freshly rebuilt and the MSD Ignition Boxes were added for reliability. Has large Borrani Wires that were completely redone with new Michelin XWX tires. This Ferrari was completely disassembled, cleaned, and restored. Looking under the hood and chassi of the car it simply looks new. It has the Euopean front marker lights and Amber/Red tail lights. Car was believed to have been converted by Richard Straman's Shop in 1979 to a Spyder in Costa Mesa California. This car was built in March 1971 and was delivered through Luigi Chinetti Motors of Greenwich, Connecticut USA. Spent some time in Southern California and was later for sale by Prancing Horse Collector Bob Bodin in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the early 1990's with 28,000 miles. Just completed a four year restoration in Scotsdale, Arizona. This car will be sold at Bonhams Auction Scotsdale Arizona on January 17th, 2013. Lot number is 392.
A real Daytona Spyder will set you back around $800,000 at the least, with most examples falling between $1.1 and $1.2 million. Even though this is a conversion Spyder by a well known coachbuilder, we're looking at a lesser value closer to the hardtop Daytona. It is curious this car is being advertised online as it will be offered at Bonhams at a few days, but perhaps the seller is testing the waters. Sadly, at over $1 million for a conversion Spyder, I would have to say with almost 100% certainty that it won't sell at this price.