Monterey, Jet Center
16 August 2007
1969 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 COUPE
Chassis No. 12305
Engine No. 12305
Red with tan interior
Engine: 60 degree V12, single overhead camshaft per bank, triple twin choke Weber carburetors, 4,390cc, 320bhp. Gearbox: five speed manual; Brakes: disc all round; Suspension: front wishbones and coil springs, rear, wishbones and coil springs with hydro pneumatic self leveling units. Left hand drive.
Combining the elegant nose of the exclusive 500 Superfast with the more rectangular styling of the one-off 330GTC Speciale show car, the 365 2+2 was much more sophisticated than the four seater Ferrari coupes that came before it. Under the steel bodywork, as usual from the pen of Pininfarina, was an all-new chassis with unequal length wishbones and coil springs at the rear instead of the live rear axle of the 330GT 2+2. The model also pioneered the use of self leveling rear suspension on a Ferrari road car, the Koni-supplied hydro-pneumatic units taking into account the variations in load. Another first was the adoption of power steering and air-conditioning, underlining the luxury touring car personality of the 365GT 2+2.
Not that it was a slow car - fitted with a 4.4 litre single overhead camshaft per bank V12 engine delivering 320bhp, the 365GT 2+2 was good for 150mph with handling and road holding qualities to match. Easily the best four seater Ferrari, it was a success for Maranello, the 800 units sold accounting for half of the company's V12 road car production between 1967 and 1971.
This particular 365 GT is in excellent condition and has benefited from regular maintenance and careful use. The car received a good quality repaint in bright red in December of 1990 and a new tan interior in March of 1995. Both the paint and interior have held up extremely well over the years with the paint retaining the shine of a car that was painted only a few years ago. The interior is in excellent condition showing very little wear and the carpets look almost new. According to the thick stack of service records included with the car, the car has been in California or Nevada since the late 1980s until 2006 which is apparent as the car is completely rust free. The service records show that the car has been well maintained and regularly driven. The odometer currently shows approximately 8,000 kilometers and based upon the service records it is believed that the car has traveled 108,000 kilometers or approximately 70,000 miles. The car retains its original wood steering wheel which was refurbished only a few years ago and looks like new. The car is a powerful European model that is equipped with air conditioning and Borrani wire wheels. The engine is extremely strong and comes standard with the legendary Ferrari V-12 exhaust howl. Past owners have found the car to be completely reliable and have driven it to the Monterey weekend numerous times. The car is absolutely stunning when seen in person and on the road. The current owner also has a red Dino Spyder and is always surprised that this car attracts more attention from other motorists than the Dino. This car promises to provide the new owner a reliable and enjoyable Ferrari Grand Touring experience.
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