1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2

Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company

Making its debut at the 1967 Paris Auto Show, the 365 GT 2+2 emerged as the most luxurious and best-equipped Ferrari model in the hallowed company’s history. In addition to its sleek Pininfarina bodywork, the 365 GT 2+2 was the first Ferrari equipped with power steering and brakes as standard equipment — and Ferrari’s first self-leveling rear suspension. Unlike the balance of the product line, which used transaxles, the gearbox of the 365 GT 2+2 was mounted behind the engine and routed power to a conventional differential. The SOHC 320-bhp, 4.4-liter V12 included triple twin-choke Weber carburetors, good for sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just over seven seconds and capable of a top speed of over 145 mph. After a successful run, the 365 GT 2+2 was taken out of production in 1971, with approximately 800 examples built.

Still in its original silver with black leather, chassis 13069 has benefited from a single Southern California ownership since 1987. It has been enjoyed throughout the years both as an occasional driver and for short stints as primary transportation.

In recent years, 13069 received new paint and new leather interior. The carburetors have been rebuilt, and the shock absorbers, self-leveling suspension and brakes were similarly addressed. The Borrani wire wheels have been restored and shod in a new set of Michelin XWX tires. The consignor estimates that nearly $100,000 has been spent over the years maintaining the 2+2.

When searching for an Enzo-era Ferrari, long-term West Coast history represents a major step in the right direction. Whether taking part in Ferrari Club activities or on a leisurely costal jaunt, 13069 is sure to please its next caretaker with its prodigious performance and inimitable Italian charm.

 

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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