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post #1 of 14 Old 06-27-2004, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Rare sighting

Friday June, 25 I saw a Ferrari 365 GTS/4 (Daytona Spyder) when I was driving in Tempe,AZ. I saw the front right off anddI knew it was a Ferrari front but from the side it didn't look much like a Ferrari 365. But the angle I was looking at is what made it look strange. When it drove by I saw the back and knew it was a Ferrari 365. It is one of the fastest street cars in it's time and one of Enzo Ferrari's favorates. I myself like it but prefer the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 (Daytona Coupe) which is my second favorate car. That is a very rare sighting for me cause I don't think they made much of them and not much are around anymore.
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-27-2004, 09:01 PM
 
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Very cool! Just yestrerday I saw a 365 GT 2+2. Wow does that V12 sound good.
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post #3 of 14 Old 06-27-2004, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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I did not hear the engine nut I know what it sounds like and it is a beatiful sight to see. :work:
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post #4 of 14 Old 06-28-2004, 06:52 AM
 
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Very sweet, Daytona spiders are cool, what colour was it?

now the bigger question was it a real one or a conversion?
but still very cool, i also saw one yesterday (conversion though) :wink:
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post #5 of 14 Old 06-28-2004, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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It was Ferrari red. I don't think it was a conversion. How do you tell? I found more informatino on the 365GTS/4. This Ferrari model is better known as the Ferrari Daytona Spyder. It's rarity(only 127 were built between 1969 and 1974) and a lusty, powerful 352-hp V-12 and groundbreaking body had collectors drooling in the late 1980s when Daytona prices peaked at well over $1 million.
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post #6 of 14 Old 06-28-2004, 12:55 PM
 
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One of the original Spyders will go for something in the $300-400K region. The conversion, usally done by Starman out here in California, will go in the $150-250K area.

As the "Original" spyders were indeed conversions themselves built by Italian Coach Builder Scaglietti, commissioned by Ferrari. The coupes were delivered to Scaglietti (in shell form) and the roofs then cut off and chasis reinforced. A Euro version and US existed as usual. The most striking difference between the two it the US version recieved Pop-Up head lights and the Euro's sat behind clear Plexiglass. Also center knock-off Borani wire wheels were replaced later in the production run with center knock-off five star wheels that we all now associate with Ferrari cars.

During the 80s the TV show "Miami Vice" used a Replica of one of the spyders built on a Corvette chasis as one of the main (Don Johnson) character's car. Due to the exposure of the show and Ferraris unhappyness at a "Replica" being used they offered the show a White Testarossa as a replacement. Needless to say the show excepted. Don Johnson was also given a Testarossa as well. This show as well as "Magnum PI" helped move Ferrari from obscurity in the US to one of the most recognizable brand names in automobiles.
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post #7 of 14 Old 06-28-2004, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Nice to give information to each other. I have a little matchbox Ferrari from magnum P.I. that has Magnum P.I. on the hood on it. It is a Ferrari 308 GTB.
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post #8 of 14 Old 06-28-2004, 01:31 PM
 
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Magnum drove a 308 GTS :P
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post #9 of 14 Old 06-28-2004, 02:18 PM
 
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The first was a 308GTS. Then a 308GTSi. But, they moved to a Quatrovalve later in the show.

Porsche saw wat a marketing coup this was and offered them a 928s, Porsche's flagship at the time, for free if they'd use it at the Robin Masters/Magnum car. The producers knew good and well that the car was an intigral part of the show said no thank you and kept the Ferrari. Multiple Ferraris were used during shooting:
http://www.ferrariclub.com/faq/magnum.html

The car(s) were also said to be used by the gofers on their runs.
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post #10 of 14 Old 06-28-2004, 03:20 PM
 
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The most striking difference between the two it the US version recieved Pop-Up head lights and the Euro's sat behind clear Plexiglass.
How sure are you about this? Since I thought the sort of headlights had to do with a early or late version, not with the original market for the car.
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post #11 of 14 Old 06-28-2004, 04:28 PM
 
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If my memory serves me correctly it was a market distinction. The non pop up are not US DOT approved. Like the covers on the Dino's lights aren't DOT approved. Ferrari did make all later versions with the pop-up version. I'll have to check QV500 and see if they have anything on it....

That is a good point to make Dr.Bob and I'll be the first to admit when I'm wrong. Which I might be in this case...
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post #12 of 14 Old 06-29-2004, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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I don't know much of Magnum P.I. What year was it around anyway?
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post #13 of 14 Old 06-29-2004, 01:41 PM
 
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I don't know much of Magnum P.I. What year was it around anyway?
mid and late 1980's with Tom Selleck playing a P.I. and driving around in a Ferrari :green:
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post #14 of 14 Old 06-29-2004, 02:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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I was not born in the mid 80s and was small in the late 80s :green:
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