Daytona Spyder Ferrari Replica
My Daytona Spyder Ferrari Replica turns more heads on the road than my real Ferrari. This replica utilizes running gear and components from a 1980 Corvette and a 2007 Corvette ZZ4 crate engine. It is registered in Nevada as an "Assembled Vehicle" as it sports a Ferrari Daytona Spyder 365 GTS/4 replica body. Most people think it's a real Ferrari, but on close inspection Corvette owners and Ferrari owners usually recognize it as a replica. Although it doesn't sound like a Ferrari, it has a deep throaty roar with glass packs on the otherwise straight pipes. It originally had a 350ci engine putting out 190 or 230hp, I don't know which. It now has a light weight ZZ4 Corvette crate engine (as of December, 2007) that puts out about 350hp. The real Daytona has 352hp. I estimate the car is perhaps 500 pounds lighter than the original Vette's 3,336 lbs. although I haven't had it weighed yet, and much lighter than a real Daytona. That makes it pretty fast! It's very quick off the line, even though it's an automatic. It's much faster than a stock Vette of that year, and maybe even as fast as a real Ferrari Daytona (rated at 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds), if you can find one outside a museum. There were only 122 factory-made Spyders, and only some of those were shipped to the U.S. It doesn't handle as well as a Ferrari from Modena, although I have had it on the race track. I've had it up to 165 mph with more power to spare. The original Ferrari goes 172 mph, and was the fastest production car in the world for many years.
I bought it in New Jersey and shipped it here to Vegas. The original builder of the car might have been McBurnie Coachcraft, but I doubt it since there is no badging and a few other coachbuilders also made them. There are no manufacturers currently building the car that I know of. The license plate is a Las Vegas Commemorative Plate: "VICE" which refers to Miami Vice. In the 1980s the car gained new notoriety on the first two seasons of NBC's hit television series Miami Vice. The black car used in the series was a replica built on a Corvette chassis. Ferrari execs were not pleased that their company and one of their products was represented on TV by an imitation car. The Daytona replica was eventually destroyed on-screen and replaced with a Ferrari Testarossa, the company's newest model during the time. That is one less Ferrari Daytona replica. Daytona replicas are probably even more rare than the originals, as Ferrari has forced every replica manufacturer to stop production as soon as they find out about it. For more information see Wikipedia or read a magazine article.
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