Enzo Ferrari loved the 365 GT4 2+2 for its line that did not need to scream its excesses, but with elegance and style that always managed to excite.
Designed by Leonardo Fioravanti of Pininfarina, It was a Ferrari of crystalline purity, in elegant dress, but able to reach very high speeds, without giving up the luggage of its passengers. Inside, the finishes included a standard leather upholstery with the two rear seats that were all in all comfortable, thanks to the good height of the ceiling and the useful space for the legs.
Launched in 1972 at the Paris Motor Show, the Ferrari 365 was regarded as one of the quickest four-seater sports cars of its time. Indeed, Ferrari’s new top-of-the-range model was also the Italian car maker's most expensive in the range, even more so than the stunning Daytona of the same year. Moreover, only 524 examples were produced between 1972 and 1976. Ready to lock horns with the world's finest luxury saloons, the 365 inherited Ferrari’s 340 HP V12 masterpiece upfront. What’s more, it offered speeds of up to 150 mph and 2+2 practicality.
The Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 had a lot of classy elements. The bodywork, produced by Pininfarina of Turin, was then transferred to Maranello for final assembly. Thus came to life a refined Ferrari, with its imposing bonnet and four powerful exhaust from its exaggerated V12, which sounds impressive. Four five-spoke light alloy wheels with a star design and a single nut chevron completed the perfection of the external lines. The three-spoke steering wheel complimented an old-fashioned interior with large, well-shaped seats. The stereo system, the electric windows, the wooden inserts on the dashboard and the wooden steering wheel are also standard.
Body: 2 Doors Coupe
Driver's Side: RHD
Transmission: 4 Speed Manual
Indicated Mileage: 25,000 Miles
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Both Hong Kong & UK Registered
This Motor Car: Offered here today is this splendid Silver 365 GT4 2+2, well cared for, equipped with the 4.4L V12 of 340 HP, only 524 of them were produced, 40 years worth of vehicle history, Leather Pouch, Books and Tools. Delivery new by Hong Kong Ferrari dealer back in 1974, this Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 is very well preserved with matching chassis and engine number. It boasts the kind of patina that will please the Maranello’s purists out there. Crucially, having just spent over $1M HKD and received a full mechanical restored by specialized workshop Colin Clarke Engineering in the UK who carried out a complete overhaul of the engine, brakes, suspension, power steering and tune-up.
* One of only 524 units produced
* 40 years of vehicle history
* Mechanicals freshly rebuild in the UK
* Both Hong Kong & UK Registered
Classic Insider condition score: 85 points out of 100
Preserved Original. Paintwork is in good condition overall, albeit some blemishes such as minor paint bubbles and surface rust spotted. Other minor imperfection such as paint chip and hairline cracks can be seen due to usage. The bodywork is otherwise excellent, rubber trims appears fresh. The interior is all original except for non-original radio. Seats, dash and console components looks good for the age. Wheels are unmarked and shod with fresh tires all around. Engine bay is very tidy. Full book pack and tools intact.
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BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2
It’s true to say that Italian 2+2s of the '70s and '80s were not to everyone’s taste. From enormous maintenance costs to notorious depreciation when new. Ferrari had been synonymous with building fine curvaceous design icons with glorious engines. However, in the early ‘70s, the Italian sports car maker turned its attention to building a Gran Tourer that could accommodate four adults and created the somewhat confusingly named 365 GT4 2+2. This model of Ferrari had, no doubt, disappointed some in the motoring fraternity, however, this intriguing tourer is now becoming a desirable sought-after investment and is finally getting the recognition it deserved.
The Italian Gran Tourer was based on the 365 GTC4, which only lasted a year and a half in production. Although the 365 GT4 2+2 was not considered the most desirable of sports cars to come out of the Maranello factory, customers were certainly buying them. As a result, two further iterations of the model followed, namely, the 4.4-liter 400 in 1976 and the 4.8 liter 412 in 1985. The 365 GT4 2+2 remains the most desirable of the trio and, with values rising, these Gran Tourers are no longer the cheapest way into Ferrari ownership.
The 365 GT4 2+2 numeric designation refers to the single-cylinder displacement (365cc), four overhead camshafts (GT4), and the number of seats (2+2). What’s more, it remained Ferrari’s only front-engine car during its production run.
Ferrari squeezed the glorious 4.4 liter quad-cam V12 under the hood which produced 340 horsepower and was similar to the Ferrari Daytona. Bearing in mind the car weighed 3,307 lbs, the powerplant could still propel the Italian GT from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and manage to hit a top speed of 155 mph, which was impressive by standards of the day.
Indeed, the engine was the main attribute of this Ferrari. What's more, the howling V12 soundtrack from the four tailpipes was, of course, mesmerizing. There’s no doubt that this sports tourer, was made to cover large distances in comfort and high speed.
In 1976 Ferrari replaced the 365 GT4 2+2 with the 400 GT. Moreover, it was the first Ferrari with an automatic transmission, which to Ferrari enthusiasts was almost sacrilege. However, the 5-speed manual transmission remained an option. The V12 displacement increased to 4,823cc, and power output remained at 340 hp, even though it had gained almost 440 lbs in weight.
In 1979 the 400 acquired electronic injection in place of the two rows of three Weber carburetors. Finally, the arrival of the Ferrari 412 with increased engine size to 4942cc became the first Ferrari to have ABS as standard.
The 365 GT4 2+2 was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti of Pininfarina. He was also responsible for designing the gorgeous Ferrari Daytona. Although the design was subjective, it’s true to say the razor-sharp 365 design has aged very well.
The 365 was distinguished by its six rear taillights and knock-off alloy wheels. With taut lines and clean edges, the prancing horse was a futuristic and elegant tourer. Furthermore, the three-box design with a steeply sloping windscreen was distinctive at the time. In addition, the folding front headlights finished off the svelte looks of the 365 and were the signature design feature of all ’70s and '80s Italian sports cars. The cabin of the Ferrari came with full leather, air conditioning, electric windows, and power steering as standard, which was a luxury at the time. What’s more, the expanses of glass gave great visibility, and the spacious interior could accommodate four people.
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