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Lot 8

2019   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2019

1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2

Coachwork by Pininfarina

SOLD $212,800

Estimate

$220,000 - $250,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

13049

Engine

13049

Car Highlights

A Rare 12-Cylinder Ferrari GT; One of 800 Examples Built
US-Specification Example Originally Finished in Silver over Black
Recently Discovered After Two Decades of Single Family Ownership
Late-1980s Mechanical Restoration by Marque Specialist Patrick Ottis
Documented by Ferrari Historian Marcel Massini

Technical Specs

4,390 CC SOHC V-12 Engine
Triple Weber 40 DFI Carburetors
320 BHP at 6,600 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension, Rear Self-Leveling
Register to Bid

Homananda Weerasuria, Austin, Texas (acquired by 1973)Jeff Arnold, Orinda, California (acquired by 1979)Barry Bellport, Lafayette, California (acquired by 1984)David Hunt, Piedmont, California (acquired by 1986)Harry Koue, Aptos, California (acquired in 1989)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Ferrari used the Paris Auto Show of October 1967 to introduce its latest four-seat touring model, the 365 GT 2+2. Employing a body design reminiscent of the ultra-exclusive 500 Superfast, the new 2+2 offered unprecedented standard features for a Ferrari road car, including power steering, airconditioning, four-wheel independent suspension, and a proprietary selfleveling rear suspension system developed with KONI. As the company’s last model to feature a single overhead cam version of the long-running Colombo V-12 engine, the 365 GT 2+2 is now prized both for its impressive engineering lineage and luxurious yet sporting characteristics.

The fascinating example presented here, chassis 13049, was completed at the Ferrari factory in February 1970, equipped for the US market, and finished in Argento (Silver) paint with black leather upholstery. The car was then distributed through William F. Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors in Reno, Nevada, before being sold to an owner in Austin, Texas.

By the end of the decade, the 365 GT assumed California-based ownership, and records from the Ferrari Owners Club show that it was in the care of Barry Bellport of Lafayette, California, in 1984. Around 1986, the Ferrari was sold to David Hunt of Piedmont, California, and he commissioned the esteemed marque expert Patrick Ottis to conduct a substantial restoration that included a rebuild of the V-12 engine and related mechanical components, including the braking and suspension systems.

In mid-1989, Harry Koue of nearby Aptos, California, acquired the refurbished 365 GT from Ferrari of Los Gatos and showed it on rare occasions, eventually commissioning a bare-metal repaint in Rosso. Circa 1994, after he had driven the car little more than 1,000 miles, Mr. Koue parked the 365 GT in a heated garage in the company of his Dino 246 GT (Lot 9), and the cars enjoyed a cloistered hibernation together for the next 24 years.

While this Ferrari has recently undergone a basic service to return it to running order, it will still require additional mechanical attention before use. Remaining in very presentable cosmetic condition, this rare grand touring Ferrari is now an excellent candidate for a full concours-quality restoration, or it could simply be returned to the road for driving enjoyment.

As one of only 800 examples produced, and far fewer with such a clear, well-documented provenance, this particular 365 GT 2+2 beckons to Ferrari aficionados and vintage grand touring enthusiasts.