1972 FERRARI 365GTC/4
One of a mere 41 examples produced in RHD
Chassis No. 16091
Engine No. F101AC001
The Ferrari 365 GTC/4 was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1971 and was a contemporary of the iconic Daytona model. The 365GTC/4 shared a slightly lengthened yet similar chassis design to the Daytona and a wet sump version of the roaring 4,390cc (4.4L) four-cam V12 which was mated to a conventional five-speed gearbox. The cylinder heads were also revised to accommodate the six side-draught 38DCOE Weber carburettors which enabled renowned designer Pinifarina to create the elegant and low-profile bonnet line.
Regarded as a more civilised car in comparison with the Daytona, the 365 came with ZF power steering and assisted brakes as standard and with softer suspension which resulted in a far more accommodating ride in true Grand Touring spirit. Despite the GT nature of the car, it wasn’t lacking in performance, the slightly detuned V12 was still good for 340bhp and a top speed in excess of 150mph.
The 356GTC/4 was only manufactured for 18 months between 1971 and 1973 which resulted in a low production run of just over 500 cars, of which only 41 were right hand drive of which 32 were delivered to the UK.
This stunning GTC/4 was purchased by the Stuart Suanders from Maranello Concessionaires Limited in South London in July 1974. It was sold on behalf of the first owner Gerald Thomas, the famous British director of the ‘Carry On’ comedy film series and owner of Pinewood Studios. It had been driven for only 4500 miles “I had gone to Maranello looking for a Daytona which at that time were selling for £4000 to £5000 and I saw and fell in love with this car, purchasing it for £4,650.00”. The car was purchased just before Stewart emigrated to Australia, and the cars features of power steering and optional air conditioning were considered perfect for Australian touring.
The example offered here, chassis number '16091' is one of only 42 right hand drive examples produced, with 32 being delivered in the UK and a mere 508 produced overall.
The car left Ferrari's Maranello works finished in Grigio Argento Le Sancy (dark silver) with the rare combination of dark blue leather interior. Remarkably the car is still in its original paint and trim, having never being restored. It gained second place in the Ferrari Concours d’Elegance at Eastern Creek, several years ago, due to its originality.
This GTC/4 is being sold with its original tool kit and some booksb (no original warranty card or service book) together with original purchase receipt and correspondence with first owner. Interestingly, the correspondence with Maranello Concessionaires has been signed off by their agent Peter Michael Salmon. He competed in 13 Le Mans 24 Hours, and in 1963 (with Jack Sears) finished fifth overall and first in his class in Maranello Concessionaires’ Ferrari 330 LMB.
The car has been used and serviced regularly and has undertaken just over 100,000 miles in 50 years. It has been in the custodianship of its current owner for over 48 years and has been impeccably maintained. A car of this condition and quality rarely appears on the market, and this is an extremely rare opportunity to acquire truly collectable original factory right hand drive carburetted V12 front engined Ferrari.
This car is being sold unregistered.