1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 Sports Coupe
Chassis no. 12369
Engine no. 245
By the mid-1960s, 50 percent of all Ferraris produced were being built with four seats, and following on from the success of its first such model, the 250GTE of 1960, Ferrari introduced the 330GT 2+2 in January 1964. The newcomer's steel tube chassis was 50mm longer in the wheelbase than that of its predecessor and featured independent front suspension and a live rear axle, while beneath the 330's more-spacious Pininfarina coachwork was a 300bhp, 4.0-litre V12 coupled to a four-speed overdrive gearbox. Its replacement, the 365GT 2+2, was launched at the Paris Salon in October 1967. Sleekly styled in the manner of the limited edition 500 Superfast, the 365GT 2+2 was the most refined Ferrari to date.
Based on that of the contemporary 330GTC, the chassis was made up of Ferrari's familiar combination of oval and round steel tubing, and as well as featuring independent suspension all round (for the first time on a Ferrari 2+2) boasted Koni's hydro-pneumatic self-levelling system at the rear. Further refinements included mounting the engine and drive-train in rubber bushes to insulate the car's occupants from noise and vibration, and providing ZF power-assisted steering and air conditioning as standard equipment. Developing 320bhp in its 365GT incarnation, the well-proven 4.4-liter V12 engine was coupled to a five-speed gearbox, while the car's blistering performance - top speed 150mph, 0-60mph in 7.0 seconds - was restrained by Girling ventilated discs all round. A total of 800 cars had been completed by the time production ceased in 1971. Endowed with that unusual combination of fine handling and a supple ride, the 365GT 2+2 was rated by Car magazine as 'the most civilised Ferrari yet.'
Offered from a prominent private collection of automobiles that are regularly used and enjoyed rather than shown, this handsome GT Coupe has been driven on numerous rallies, notably the 2009 New England 1000, and has received considerable maintenance expenditure in the last couple of years, putting it into a good usable order. It was last repainted in 1990 and almost certainly retains its original tan leather interior.
The Ferrari is known to have been delivered originally in Switzerland in 1969 and, while not all specifics of its history are charted, it is known to have had just three keepers since 1976 and that it was not until 25 years later in 2001 that it would arrive in the U.S.A. In its current ownership, the car has been kept in a temperature-controlled garage and has been used for both local and long distance driving.
With bills on file for more than $40,000, this is a driver quality car, unusually in ready to drive order, and comes with handbook, parts catalog and jack. It has recently been serviced and prepared by Automotive Restorations of Stratford, Connecticut for the sale.
- Please note that this vehicle is titled with chassis # 365GT12369.