Lot #29: 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 (Not Available)
A long term ownership example with very low mileage offered with No Minimum Bid; Body by Pininfarina
- One of as few as 500 examples produced 1971-1972
- Handsome Pininfarina designed and built body
- Exceptionally low mileage - less than 13,000 miles
- Nicely presented with desirable colors and Borrani wire wheels
- Fastidiously maintained by the current long-term owner
- Books in leather pouch, tool kit, service invoices, 2 keys
|True Mileage:||12,900 miles
A very nicely presented and well-maintained example of the rare Ferrari 365 GTC/4, offering superior comfort with comparable performance to the vaunted 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta. Exceptionally low mileage vehicle, presented in desirable colors complemented by Borrani wire-spoke wheels.
Specifications: 4,390 cc DOHC V-12 engine, six Weber twin-choke sidedraft carburetors, five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, ZF limited-slip differential, hydraulic four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98.5"
Conceived and built to replace both the four-seat 365 GT 2+2 and the 365 GTC in the Ferrari model line-up, the 365 GTC/4 was introduced at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show. A somewhat roomier companion to the 365 GTB/4 "Daytona", the 365 GTC/4 featured sleek, flowing bodywork, styled and rendered in steel panel work by Ferrari's long-time coachbuilding partner, Pininfarina. Flush-mounted glass, pop-up headlamps, and a neat Kamm tail aided aerodynamics and heightened the new Ferrari's sophisticated persona. Based upon a shortened version of the 365 GT 2+2 chassis, the new 365 GTC/4 was certainly comfortable and inviting, yet its rear seating was only suited for occasional use, marking a conscious step on the part of Ferrari and Pininfarina away from the roomier, true four-passenger cabin of the larger 365 GT 2+2 that came before.
The basic 4.4-liter V-12 engine of the 365 GTC/4 was shared with the "Daytona," but equipped with different cylinder heads, wet-sump lubrication, slightly lower compression, and six sidedraft Weber carburetors for hood clearance. European examples were rated at 340 hp, while US-spec cars were rated at 320 hp. Unlike the "Daytona," the five-speed manual gearbox of the 365 GTC/4 was conventionally mounted in unit with the engine. Despite its stated GT mission in contrast to the harder-edged "Daytona," the 365 GTC/4 delivered outstanding performance closely approaching its much-vaunted stablemate, with 0-60 acceleration in 6.1 seconds and top speeds around 160 mph.
Topping the Ferrari road-car line when new during the early 1970s, the 365 GTC/4 was priced slightly higher than its "Daytona" cousin and enjoyed strong demand from Ferrari's clients. It delivered a highly enjoyable driving experience and it was an unqualified Grand Tourer par excellence, a sentiment echoed by magazine road tests in period. Offering good luggage space suitable for a high-speed, cross-country dash, the 365 GTC/4 was well-equipped with power steering, standard air conditioning, and self-levelling rear shock absorbers. According to marque experts, only 500 examples were ultimately produced over an 18-month production run spanning 1971 and 1972. Today, the 365 GTC/4 enjoys the focused attention of Ferrari collectors and enthusiasts. Ferrari expert Michael Sheehan, in his August 2008 Forza article "The Classic V12s", noted that the Pininfarina coachwork of the 365 GTC/4 tends to display better panel fit and fewer rust issues than its more famous stable-mate and he went on to refer to the GTC/4 as "the bargain 1970s Ferrari supercar."
Numbered 15663, this late-production 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 is the 444th example built, delivered new to Chinetti-Garthwaite Motors. Following eight years of storage, 15663 was sold in 1988 via a Fort Lauderdale dealer, subsequently exported to England, returning in the mid-1990s to the United States. The Ferrari passed through another owner, who had the engine rebuilt and a new clutch installed prior to acquisition by the current owner in January 2003 at only an approximate 10,000 miles. Since then, 15663 has received a great deal of care and select updates with the gearbox rebuilt including new synchros, a new MSD electronic ignition system, tuning and balancing of the carburetors, a tune-up and new battery, a new clutch and pressure plate, throwout bearing and clutch cable, a rebuilt water pump, new valve-cover gaskets, and replacement of all brake pads. The original Cromodora alloy wheels were also replaced by a set of classic Borrani wire-spoke wheels for a great look.
Now offered with less than 13,000 miles, 15663 is handsomely presented and ready for a new owner to enjoy. Included in the sale of the Ferrari are 2 keys, service invoices, books and manuals in their leather pouch, and a tool kit housed within the proper Ferrari hard case. Comfortable, drivable, and enjoyable with thrilling performance and handsome Pininfarina bodylines that have stood the test of time, this 365 GTC/4 is at once a compelling and highly capable classic Ferrari.