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Coachwork by Pininfarina
Formerly the Property of Yoshiho Matsuda
The 365 GTC/4
Launched at the 1971 Geneva Show, the Ferrari 365 GTC/4 replaced both the 365 GTC and 365 GT 2+2 as a somewhat roomier companion model to the 365 GTB/4 Daytona. Draped in modern bodywork styled and built by Pininfarina and highly equipped, the 365 GTC/4 advanced Ferrari’s rich grand touring legacy with excellent performance approaching that of the Daytona. Only 500 were produced over 18 months during 1971 and 1972. Today, the 365 GTC/4 is rightly beginning to attract the attention of Ferrari collectors and enthusiasts alike for its many excellent attributes.
Numbered 15773, this Ferrari 365 GTC/4 was originally finished in Silver Gray with gray cloth-and-leather upholstery, blue carpeting, and wood-grain accents. A left-hand-drive, US version, it was also factory-equipped with air- conditioning. Following completion in April 1972, the Ferrari was shipped to Chinetti-Garthwaite Motors in Paoli, Pennsylvania, where it was sold to its first owner, one Mr. Cortese. By 1975, the Ferrari was with Bill Joest of Los Angeles, and then it passed through the ownership of Lewis R. Schmid of Anaheim, California, to Michael Mignon of Carmel in 1990. During February and March 1990, Mr. Mignon advertised the car for sale in the Ferrari Market Letter as having new silver paint and a new gray interior, restored Borrani wheels, and a top-end engine rebuild. Subsequently in 1990, the Ferrari was sold to Yoshiho Matsuda’s Ferrari Collection of Art located in Gotemba-Shi, Japan, where it remained until early 1996, when it returned to California. The 365 GTC/4 was subsequently owned by a Seattle, Washington, enthusiast and then on to single ownership from 2003 to 2008 in Knoxville, Tennessee. In 2009, the Ferrari joined a private Texas collection, where it was fastidiously maintained by the collection’s full-time in-house mechanic and properly stored. In December 2009, the Ferrari was serviced and just 275 miles were traveled before the owner’s illness forced its sale in 2012, when the consignor acquired it.
Prior to the consignor’s purchase, a leakdown test was performed, with all cylinders showing excellent compression. A comprehensive pre- purchase inspection was also completed by Ferrari marque specialists, with all items noted on the inspection report having been rectified, replaced, or serviced accordingly. The consignor also replaced all rubber mouldings and welting surrounding the doors and windows. As offered, the GTC/4 is finished in its factory-correct Silver Gray and complemented by new tan carpeting. Furthermore, it was fully serviced by the consignor approximately 1,000 miles ago. In addition to an original owner’s manual, 15773 is accompanied at auction by copies of the aforementioned pre-purchase inspection report and the current service records. Clean throughout, adorned by Borrani wire-spoke wheels, and further equipped with power brakes, 15773 remains a most desirable and truly rare example of Ferrari’s definitive high-performance grand touring car of the early 1970s.