Knievel Ferrari Daytona at Bonhams Auction

July 27, 2009
Courtesy of Bonhams

Evel Knievels 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB 4 Daytona Spyder.
Evel Knievel’s 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder.

Bonhams & Butterfields is proud to announce the consignment of the collection of former professional baseball player, five-time World Series title holder, Hall of Fame inductee, and lifetime car aficionado Reggie Jackson.

Of particular note in the collection is this 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder, chassis number 16835, formerly owned by famed motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel who, after suffering his famous crash attempting to jump the fountains of Caesar’s Palace, was no longer able to get into the car and sold it to celebrated radio DJ Frankie Crocker. In 1997 Crocker sold the original condition, Pininfarina-coachbuilt car to Jackson.

The baseball legend, most remembered for playing with the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics, has always been enamored with cars and was fortunate enough to have a career that allowed him to indulge this passion. This particular Daytona Spyder, one of three that he’s owned, has by far the most interesting provenance. As for Jackson’s interest in this particular model, he says, “It’s probably the first muscle car Ferrari made. The 275 was an attempt and might have been close at the time but the 4-cam 365 V-12 steered and drove like a muscle car. It has more power, like a Mopar in its day, just with different RPM and gearing.” He adds, “I love the lines, the styling, the power and particularly the sound. The Daytona sounds great!”

With incredible performance and handsome, predatory looks the Daytona Spyder is a strong, reliable Italian automobile that sports a comfortable interior with many amenities, something not altogether too common in similar cars of the period. The popularity of this model has grown exponentially since production ended in 1973 and many hard-top Berlinettas have been decapitated in attempts to duplicate the style and flair of the limited production Spyder.

Not only is this particular car authentic and original in every respect, but of the three owners in the car’s history each has been a celebrity, making it probably the only Ferrari in the world with that distinction.

Other notable “muscle cars” from the Jackson collection to be offered alongside the Ferrari, include a Big Brake-equipped 1961 Chevy Corvette Fuel Injected Convertible, a Tiger Gold 1965 Pontiac GTO and a 1969 Chevy Camaro COPO ZL-1 Coupe. Additionally, Bonhams will be featuring several rare and important competition cars at the same auction, such as the one and only 1939 Auto Union D-Type GP, the ex-works 1952 SIATA 208CS Berlinetta, and the 1950 Grand Prix de Paris-winning Ecurie Belgique 1948 Talbot-Lago T26C, to name just a few.

This remarkable auction takes place during the internationally renowned Monterey Car Week on Friday, August 14th at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, California, with a preview being hosted the day prior. Please note that while the adjacent Quail Motorsports Gathering is sold out, entry to the Bonhams & Butterfields’ preview and auction does not require a ticket and all are welcome.

Those interested in registering to bid, either in person or remotely, may call or e-mail the Bonhams Motoring Department at 415-861-7500 or

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