The Ferrari 356 GTB/4 Berlinetta was introduced at the Paris Auto Show in late 1968. Its Pininfarina body was a departure from any preceding Ferrari. While the fastback greenhouse and truncated Kamm tail suggested the 275 GTB, the flowing lines were entirely new for Ferrari. Most importantly, the headlights were arrayed behind a fixed Plexiglas nose panel that stretched the front, continuing around to taper smoothly into the side indicator lights.
Only one thing could make the Ferrari Daytona better, a Spyder version. It took Ferrari only a year to introduce it at the Frankfurt show in late 1969. Because the Daytona had been designed as a large-window fastback, the conversion to a spyder took some effort with many new panels, windshield frame and boot lid. Pininfarina's designers and engineers, in collaboration with engineers at both Scaglietti and Ferrari, made substantial changes in the structure of the Daytona Spyder to compensate for the loss of structural rigidity once the roof was removed.
This was the last 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder built. It was sold to Gret Garrison in September 1974 directly from Ferrari. Finished in Oro Chiaro with beige leather interior and chrome spoke alloy wheels, #17073 is the final representation of the Daytona and Spyder designs with hidden headlights, amber parking light lenses and black accents down the body’s mid flank crease.