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Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson puts rare Ferrari up for auction

Reggie Jackson, the Hall of Fame baseball player and long-time car collector, is selling one the most unique cars in his collection, a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder.

With chassis number 16835, Jackson’s car is among the rarest Ferrari models, and it will be one of the featured sale items at RM Auctions’ annual Automobiles of Arizona, Jan. 20-21, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Ferrari was also owned daredevil Evel Knievel, who died in 2007. The iconic motorcycle jumper sold the car to radio disc jockey Frankie Crocker after crashing while attempting to jump the fountains of Caesar’s Palace. Knievel’s injuries in the jump prohibited him from getting into the car. Crocker sold the original condition, Pininfarina-coachbuilt car to Jackson in 1997.

Jackson, who has owned three Ferrari Daytona Spyder models, commented:

“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. I love the lines, the styling, the power and particularly the sound. The Daytona sounds great!”

The popularity of the Daytona Spyder has grown exponentially since production ended in 1973. Jackson’s vehicle is expected to fetch more than $1 million.

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