1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4
Lot No. 5065
Auctioned on Saturday, August 31, 2013
Sold for $189,750
Ferrari phased out the 365 GTC in 1969, leaving the company without a luxury two-seat coupe in its lineup. Daytona production was progressing, but its Berlinetta characteristics did not satisfy those Ferrari clients in need of a more luxurious grand touring car. Pininfarina and Ferrari stepped into the fray, launching the 365 GTC/4 in March 1971.
The 365 GTC/4 was developed to meet the ever-growing demand among Ferrari’s clientele for high performance automobiles with accommodations for up to four passengers. Its chassis was essentially that of a Daytona, stretched 100-millimeters with a five-speed transmission mounted more conventionally: directly to the engine. The C/4 borrowed the 2+2’s oleo-pneumatic self-leveling rear suspension, presumably to accommodate its owner’s luggage. One very important benefit of the 100-millimeter wheelbase stretch was increased room for taller drivers, a welcome change from the Daytona.
Luxuriously equipped, the 365 GTC/4 also came with ZF power steering, a radio, and most also had air conditioning. Pininfarina’s design for the 365 GTC/4 was executed in steel, with pop-up headlights and a low, oval grille. The hood sloped gradually back from the grille to the windshield base, a low profile facilitated by the substitution of the Daytona’s 40 DCN 20 downdrafts with six side-draft Weber carburetors.
Finished in the desirable and factory correct color combination of Blu Ortis with a beige leather interior this example benefits from a fresh restoration and is offered in excellent condition. Complete with the correct mousehair dash, console and rear shelf as well as a Becker Mexico radio this example will also sport the correct Cromodora alloy wheels shod in brand new Michelin XWX’s at the time of the sale. Reportedly in excellent running and driving condition; this example shows just under 40,000 kilometers which are believed to be original.
As prices in the Ferrari market continue to rise, this freshly restored example presents a great opportunity for the discerning collector to acquire a V-12 Ferrari before they become the next model to cross the quarter million dollar mark.