1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2

With the intention of competing in the worldwide luxury car market, Ferrari introduced the totally new 365 GT 2+2 at the Paris Salon in October 1967. It bore a strong resemblance to both the 330 GTC Special built for Belgium’s Princess de Rethy and to the famous 500 Superfast.

The car was a technical triumph. It was the first 2+2 Ferrari to have four-wheel independent suspension, which also featured a hydro-pneumatic self-leveling system. Power steering and air conditioning were standard, while excellent insulation from noise and vibration was achieved by stabilizing the engine, gearbox and rear axle casing in one unit and mounting it all at four points on special rubber bushes. The engine itself was the new Type 245, with a displacement of 4.4 liters, single overhead camshafts and three Weber carburetors, producing 320 bhp at 6,600 rpm.

The car was indeed no slouch — with a top speed of 152mph, it could achieve 0-60 mph and 0-l20 mph times of 7.2 seconds and 26.2 seconds respectively.

During the three years of its production, only 800 examples of the 365 GT 2+2 were produced, yet nonetheless it is regarded as one of Ferrari’s most successful luxury models ever made.

The car pictured here has seen little use, having only been used during the dry summer months and has always been well maintained and garaged. Finished in Argento with navy blue leather upholstery, this stylish 1960s four-seater Ferrari has recently enjoyed some cosmetic improvement.

Jim Schrager

Jim Schrager - SCM Contributor

Jim wrote for the 356 Registry and SCM for over a decade, was a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama (the magazine of the Porsche Club of America), and wrote for Excellence and the Porsche Market Letter. He has written two popular books on vintage Porsches: Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356; and Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Early Porsche 911. He owns about 20 vintage Porsches, which he attempts to keep on the road through all kinds of weather. He is a clinical professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he teaches a popular course on strategy. He actively races his family’s 41-foot sailboat with his two boys on Lake Michigan.

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