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Coachwork by Pininfarina
Melzi S.p.A., Rome, Italy (acquired new via dealer September 1970)Motorcar Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (acquired circa 2011)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Introduced at the 1967 Paris Salon and produced through early 1971, the 365 GT 2+2 was a great commercial success by Ferrari standards, numbering as few as 809 in all and accounting for about half the company’s total production during its relatively brief run. Offering all-independent suspension, standard power steering, and air-conditioning, the 365 GT 2+2 was ideal for high-speed, long-distance driving. The 365 GT 2+2 was the last luxury-oriented, 12-cylinder model offered by Ferrari until the 1992 debut of the 456 GT, and today the 365 GT 2+2 remains a luxury GT car with a matchless pedigree. Often called the “Baby Superfast,” it combines wonderful Pininfarina styling and delivers the prodigious performance and incomparable experience of the greatest classic V-12 Ferrari GT cars.
Numbered 13659 and documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this 365 GT 2+2 is a late-production, left-hand-drive European model, factory-finished in Azzurro Hyperion (Light Blue Metallic). Completed in September 1970, chassis 13659 was delivered new to official Ferrari dealer Dino Ravasio & Sons in Verona, Italy, where it was purchased by first owner Melzi S.p.A. of Rome. Service work was performed by the Ferrari factory’s service department during November 1970 at 10,043 km and again in June 1971 at 27,030 km. Subsequent history continues with 13659 being exported to the US at some point prior to 2011, and having been repainted in red. Following an ownership change in mid-2012, 13659 was refinished in dark blue. During spring 2015, the car received attention from noted Ferrari expert Patrick Ottis in Berkeley, California, where the electrical system was sorted and the clutch cable replaced. The current V-12 engine is a correct-type, unnumbered replacement. The owner of the original engine block is known to the consignor, and this information will be provided to the buyer.
According to the consignor, 13659 delivers a strong visual impression with a quality paint finish, good brightwork and glass, and an inviting passenger compartment. Riding on iconic Borrani wire wheels shod with period-correct Michelin XWX tires, 13659 offers a great opportunity to acquire a driver-quality Ferrari 2+2. The consignor reports that it operates well and provides all definitive elements of the classic Ferrari experience at a considerably lower cost than most vintage V-12 Ferrari models in today’s market.