1969 Ferrari 365 GTC

In essence a closed version of the 275 GTS, the 330 GTC, which was the immediate forerunner of the 365 GTC, was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1966. Beneath the understated Pininfarina coachwork, there was the 4-liter version of Ferrari’s familiar, Colombo-designed two-cam, 60-degree V12 (as used in the 330 GT 2+2) mated to a 5-speed all-synchromesh transaxle. The chassis was of relatively short wheelbase, and the suspension independent all around by wishbones and coil springs. Naturally, there were disc brakes on all four wheels.

Introduced late in 1968 as a replacement for the 330 GTC and given its first public airing at Geneva in March 1969, the 365 GTC was virtually identical in appearance — apart from engine-cooling vents relocated in the bonnet, a feature it shared with last of the 330s.

Installing an 81-mm-bore 4.4-liter V12 in place of the 330 GTC’s 4-liter unit boosted mid-range torque and flexibility, while maximum power was raised to 320 horsepower at 6,600 rpm. Acceleration improved markedly, and the luxury coupe’s top speed increased to more than 150 mph. Less obvious to the eye were the refinements made to the drivetrain that achieved a marked reduction in cabin noise, a sign that Ferrari understood that 365 GTC customers valued comfort as well as high performance. A sumptuous leather-trimmed interior, electric windows and heated rear screen were standard equipment, while air conditioning could be ordered as an option. Like so many European sports cars, the 365 GTC (and convertible 365 GTS) would fall victim to increasingly stringent U.S. safety and emissions legislation. Production ceased after less than one year, during which time about 150 GTC and 20 GTS models left the factory.

Examples of this strikingly handsome, startlingly fast and much-underrated Ferrari Gran Turismo model rarely appear at auction. This right-hand-drive example offered has been fitted with a new set of wire wheels but comes with the original Borranis.

The car comes with full Ferrari Classiche certification in a red box file, current MoT certificate, Swansea V5C registration document and a very detailed history file containing MoTs dating back to 1974 verifying the mileage of circa 31,000. Presented in concours condition, 12721 represents a rare opportunity to acquire a low-mileage Ferrari 365 GTC possessing excellent provenance.

Steve Ahlgrim

Steve Ahlgrim - SCM Contributing Editor

Steve taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. He has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing high-level Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL.

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