1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe  Chassis no. 15865 Engine no. 15865

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Lot 222
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe
Chassis no. 15865 Engine no. 15865

US$ 110,000 - 135,000
£ 82,000 - 100,000
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe
Coachwork by Pinin Farina

Chassis no. 15865
Engine no. 15865
Enzo Ferrari, founder and, until his death in 1988 at age 90, the guiding influence in the firm that bore his surname, lived a life filled with accomplishment. As a young test-driver for Alfa Romeo, he drove to a second-place finish in the 1920 Targa Florio. By 1929, he was commanding his own race team, managing the factory (and later independent) Alfas entries under the Scuderia Ferrari banner. From around 1932 on, the team’s cars were emblazoned with Ferrari’s personal symbol, a prancing black horse on a yellow background. After parting with Alfa Romeo in 1937, Ferrari’s next logical step was to manufacture racecars, but a non-compete agreement with Alfa and the advent of World War II intervened.

As soon as the war ended, Ferrari began working on a new racecar. Assisted by Francisco Nardi, Enzo produced several V12-powered racecars during 1947 at a new works located in Maranello, near his native Modena. The first Ferrari designed for regular street driving, the Type 166 Inter, followed the next year. During the two decades that followed, Ferrari racecars often dominated motorsports events, while the street-tuned models became perhaps the most coveted of cars among truly elite motoring enthusiasts.

Every Ferrari is worthy of being called a great car. But one that clearly set a new standard for refinement was the 365 GTC/4 Coupe, introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1971. The extremely clean body by Pininfarina introduced a roofline that would be greatly admired and unabashedly copied by the global auto industry. Inside, the front compartment was exceptionally roomy and comfortable and the essentially vestigial rear seat’s backrest could be flipped down to provide a useful storage tray.

The GTC/4 was powered by the renowned Ferrari 60-degree, 4390cc (268 cid) 4-cam 12-cylinder engine, rated for this application at 320 hp. Its six Weber carburetors were mounted horizontally, allowing for a lower hood line than that of the then concurrent Daytona 2-seater, which had vertically mounted carbs. The GTC/4 could exceed 150 mph in factory tune, reaching 60 mph from rest in just over seven seconds. Power steering, power brakes and a self-leveling rear suspension were standard.

Production of the 1971-72 365 GTC/4 is estimated to have been around 500 units.

The offered 365 GTC/4, a 1972 model, was originally delivered in Europe and is presently titled in California. The chassis and engine numbers match, both reading 15865. Many service records are to accompany the car, in addition to factory-supplied owner publications and the tool kit. The vendor describes the car as being fully restored.

Regarded as one of the all-around best Ferrari models of the ‘70s, the 365 GTC/4 offers Ferrari prestige and performance in a refined automobile that is exceptionally pleasing both in appearance and performance.
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe  Chassis no. 15865 Engine no. 15865
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe  Chassis no. 15865 Engine no. 15865
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe  Chassis no. 15865 Engine no. 15865
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe  Chassis no. 15865 Engine no. 15865
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupe  Chassis no. 15865 Engine no. 15865
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