1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4
The late 1960’s and early 1970’s were a fabulous time for Ferrari. Its flagship 365 GTB/4 Daytona was a resounding success and Enzo’s ‘big risk’ the Dino 246 was also selling very well. Ferrari wanted to continue with his tradition of producing high performance ‘Grand Touring’ cars and needed a successor to the 365 GT 2+2 and 365 GTC. He opted to continue with a 2+2 configuration – enter the 365 GTC/4.
The Ferrari 365 GTC/4 was first shown at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show and the unique Pininfarina design took some styling cues from its ‘big brother’, the 365 GTB/4 Daytona. It shares the same chassis and engine block from the Daytona but the focus on this car was to ensure it was a comfortable, luxurious, high performance GT car. It had power steering, electric windows and air conditioning as standard.
The model received good reviews in period and 505 cars were built in a short production run from 1971 to 1972. It was succeeded by the wedge shaped 365 GT/4 2+2.
This is a very rare factory right hand drive example (1 of 31 delivered new to the UK) and was purchased and imported into Australia by its current owner back in May 2012.
The car has a known history from new and it was ordered on the 8th January 1971 with exterior colour grigio le sancy, upholstery light blue with dark blue carpets. The car was finally delivered to its first owner a Mr Bert Caira from Dundee in Scotland in May 1972! The car is understood to have passed to its second owner, Maurice Ravens, in 1988 and then its third owner, Michael Berry, in 2004. The car’s current and fourth owner acquired the car through UK Ferrari specialists DKEngineering in February 2011. The car underwent a major refurbishment in 2005 which included an engine rebuild and repaint. The mechanical works were completed by Ferrari specialist Kent High Performance Cars.
Once the current owner imported the car he decided to have the paintwork redone and the interior retrimmed in black leather. The current mileage shows 31324 miles which is believed genuine.
Today the car presents and drives beautifully. The paintwork is excellent as is all of the chrome and the trim. Given the interior has been retrimmed in the current owners tenure it is ‘like new’ and the cockpit is a lovely place to be. The car starts on the button and the engine pulls strongly, as you would expect given it has only done circa 12,000 mile since it was rebuilt. The car is tight on the road with no rattles or squeaks.
The current owner is meticulous with his cars to say the least and he has had it regularly serviced and when anything has needed to be done it has been done. The car is fitted with ‘as new’ Borrani wire wheels which were an option new and they really suit the car. The current owner has also fitted fibreglass front and rear bumpers in body colour which gives the car a unique look. The original Cromodora alloy wheels and the original bumpers will accompany the car. The car is currently fitted with a modern stereo system which will be replaced by a period correct Becker radio once the car is sold.
To ensure this car is a more usable classic the current owner has fitted Black Stallion electronic ignition, a modern A/C system which blows ice cold air and electronic cooling fans to improve the efficiency of the cooling system. The current owner also complained of a noisy gearbox when he first got the car and swapped the aluminium case gearbox from this car with a steel case gearbox from a 365 GT/4 2+2.
The car has books in the correct leather wallet and tools.
- Ferrari 365 GTC/4
- 31324 miles
- 4390 cc