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Coachwork by Pininfarina
Walter E. Brown, Los Angeles, California (acquired new via Hollywood Sport Cars in 1970)Dr. Norbert Reuter, Konstanz, GermanyVantage Motorworks, Miami, FloridaJean-Pierre Lacombe, Bernardsville, New JerseyMotorcars of Distinction, West Palm Beach, Florida (acquired from the above in 2009)Mark Sange, Bolinas, California (acquired in 2009)Dr. Ajai Cadambi, Fort Worth, Texas (acquired from the above in 2012)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Ninth Annual ItalianCarFest, Dallas, Texas, September 2012 (First in Class)
First shown at the Paris Auto Salon in 1967, the 365 GT 2+2 was the most luxurious and best-equipped Ferrari model built to date. Featuring bodywork designed and built by Pininfarina, the 365 GT 2+2 was the first Ferrari equipped with standard power steering and brakes, as well as with the company’s first self-leveling rear suspension. 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.
According to the research of marque historian Marcel Massini, chassis 13047 was completed in December 1969 and is believed to be the first US-specification version built for the 1970 model year. Originally finished in the striking color scheme of Oro Nasrullah over black leather upholstery, the Ferrari was delivered to Bill Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors, the factory’s official West Coast distributor.
Originally retailed through Chic Vandagriff’s Hollywood Sport Cars in Los Angeles, the Ferrari’s first owner was Walter Earl Brown, a Los Angeles resident. While it is not known how long Mr. Brown retained the Ferrari, it was eventually exported to Europe and sold to Dr. Norbert Reuter of Konstanz, Germany. Dr. Reuter undertook a cosmetic restoration, converted the instrumentation to kilometers for use in Europe, and fitted Plexiglas headlamp covers. The next recorded private owner, Jean-Pierre Lacombe of Bernardsville, New Jersey, owned the Ferrari until 2009, and it then passed to California collector and vintage racer Mark Sange. Records on file document that Mr. Sange entrusted the 365 GT 2+2 to respected Ferrari specialist Patrick Ottis for service and maintenance. In 2012, Dr. Ajai Cadambi of Fort Worth, Texas, acquired the car from Mr. Sange and, during his ownership, displayed it at the Ninth Annual ItalianCarFest, where it received a first in class award.
As offered, 13047 presents as an excellent example of the 365 GT 2+2. Beautifully finished in its striking original color scheme and equipped with optional Borrani wire wheels, it is accompanied by several rare and important accessories, including a tool roll and handbook set, which contain the important operation manuals as well as the warranty card, dealer directory, and Borletti air-conditioning pamphlet. Also included with the sale are the Ferrari Classiche Red Book, a report produced by Marcel Massini, and a file of assorted service records and ownership documents.
Impressively presented with a distinctive appearance and desirable features, this is a 365 GT 2+2 worthy of serious consideration.