c.1970 Ferrari 365GT 2+2 Berlinetta Coachwork by Pininfarina Registration no. GPF 946J Chassis no. 13857 Engine no. 13857
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 2" longer in the wheelbase than that of its predecessor and featured independent front suspension and a live rear axle. Beneath the 330's more-spacious Pininfarina coachwork was a 300bhp, 4-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 drivetrain in rubber bushes to insulate the car's occupants from noise and vibration, and offering ZF power-assisted steering and air conditioning as standard equipment. Developing 320bhp in its 365GT incarnation, the well-proven 4.4-litre 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 fine handling and a supple ride, the 365GT 2+2 was rated by Car magazine as 'the most civilised Ferrari yet.' Impressed by the car's build quality, Car & Driver reckoned it, 'prototypical of the new Ferraris where everything fits and falls together accurately, as needs must if Ferrari is to survive in the US market.' The respected American magazine found the overall effect to be 'one of a very real and serious, ultra luxurious, high-speed touring machine,' yet no compromises had been made in the handling department: the 365GT 2+2 remained very much a driver's car in the traditional Ferrari manner. Road & Track agreed: 'Out on the open road this car really comes into its own, as does any Ferrari; the power steering makes it seem light on its feet and the giant Michelin XVR tyres furnish high cornering power with little fuss.'
Factory records show that this matching numbers 365GT 2+2 was sold new to TECO in Hong Kong (believed to be the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office). The car was delivered in right-hand drive configuration equipped with air conditioning and Voxson radio, and was finished in Oro Kelso (gold metallic) with Nero (black) Connolly leather interior. Only a limited mileage had been covered in Hong Kong before the Ferrari was imported to this country circa 20 years ago. (The current odometer reading is 39,487 miles). Restored at around the same time, 'GPF 946J' is offered with related invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 document.