1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe

Tom Wood Photography, courtesy of Bonhams

At the 1971 Geneva Salon de L’Automobile exhibition, Ferrari launched another new model. This was the GTC/4 as offered here, which was presented as a more sober and discreet alternative to the blisteringly high-performance Daytona. But the GTC/4 was really more closely related to the 365 GT 2+2, which it had replaced on the Pininfarina assembly line.

The GTC/4 had two small rear seats tailored for small children or perhaps for short-distance use by one adult, sitting across the car. By general consent, the GTC/4 proved to be a far more user-friendly car to drive than the Daytona, and its power-assisted steering made a tremendous difference.

Combined with the plush Pininfarina interior with reclining seats for driver and passenger, here was a Ferrari of great appeal to the successful businessman or the wealthy parent with a small family who considered the muscle-bound Daytona perhaps just too much Ferrari for them to handle.

The great majority of the 365 GTC/4 cars produced were sold on the American market, and production was ended around October 1972, when the replacement 365 GT4 2+2 was launched at the year’s Paris Salon. This replacement model was in effect just a longer wheelbase version of the 365 GTC/4.

Because its production run was so confined, the 1972 365 GTC/4 is one of the rarer of all “modern-era” Ferraris, and it also occupies a special place today as one of the last of the front-engined V12 sporting cars of Maranello’s classical progression from 1947 into the mid-1970s.

This Ferrari 365 GTC/4 was completed June of 1972.The first owner was a baron living in Milan. It was then sold to a man in Como before passing to Fabrizio Violati’s Bellancauto SpA of Rome, which later became the Collezione Maranello Rosso.

The car is now presented here today as it left the Maranello Rosso Collection. It has survived in its original Azzuro Hyperion paint with black interior and original blue carpets. Its odometer showed 60,013 km (37,290 miles) upon delivery to Bonhams. All the car’s major number stampings are absolutely correct, matching engine number and internal block and chassis numbers. It is in every way considered a highly original and authentic example of its kind.

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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