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Coachwork by Pininfarina
First shown at the Paris Motor Show in 1967, and borrowing much of its design philosophy from the exclusive 500 Superfast, the 365 GT 2+2 was the most luxurious and best-equipped production Ferrari to date. Featuring bodywork designed and built by Pininfarina, the 365 GT 2+2 was the first Ferrari to feature standard power steering and vacuum-assisted brakes. Unlike its siblings, which used rear-mounted transaxles, the gearbox of the 365 GT 2+2 was mounted in unit with the engine and routed power to a traditional rear differential. The 320 bhp, 4.4-liter V-12 featured three twin-choke Weber carburetors and was good for sprints from rest to 60 mph in just over seven seconds, and a top speed over 145 mph. When production of the model ceased in 1971, just 809 examples of the 365 GT 2+2 had been built.
This European-market equipped 2+2, numbered 13269 was first sold via the Ferrari dealer in Torino in April 1970. It left the factory in the sophisticated combination of Grigio Mahmoud Metallizzato, (Dark Gray Metallic), accented by a Beige leather interior. According to a report by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, in the ensuing decades, the Ferrari was enjoyed by several subsequent owners, all within Italy, until its purchase by noted Ferrari collector P. Paul Pappalardo. Mr. Pappalardo bought the Ferrari in about 2005 and initially kept it in Italy, entrusting it to SportAuto Modena for significant restorative work. During his ownership, Mr. Pappalardo had the engine and gearbox rebuilt as well as having work done on the suspension.
Joining the consignor’s eclectic collection of modern classics in 2017, the Ferrari has been maintained as necessary by specialist Winning Makes of Santa Barbara, California, and has been regularly exercised on the idyllic roads of coastal Montecito.
The 365 2+2 has long been regarded as one of the most comfortable and user-friendly Enzo-era Ferraris, allowing capacious travel for four. This handsome example is poised to satisfy each of the next caretaker’s senses on the road ahead.