Lot 151

2016   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2016

1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4

Coachwork by Pininfarina


$350,000 - $400,000





Car Highlights

One of Just 505 365 GTC/4s Produced
Finished in Elegant Original Color Combination
Beautifully Kept Largely Original Example
Retained by Original Owner for 35 Years
Offered with Records, Books, and Tools

Technical Specs

4,390 CC DOHC V-12 Engine
Six Twin-Choke Weber Sidedraft Carburetors
320 BHP at 6,200 RPM
5-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent A-Arm Suspension with Coil Springs
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Glenn and Albert Turner, Beltsville, Maryland (acquired new in 1972)L.J. du Pont, Washington, D.C. (acquired from the above in 2007)Current Owner (acquired in 2010)

The Ferrari 365 GTC/4 debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in the spring of 1971. It was conceived in response to rising customer demand for a luxurious grand tourer to succeed the outgoing 365 GTC. Its chassis was based on the tubular space frame design of the 365 GTB/4 Daytona, but stretched 100 mm to create extra cabin room. Its engine was also rooted in the Daytona’s four cam Tipo 251 4.4-liter V-12, but sported revised cylinder heads, wet sump lubrication, and a slightly lowered compression ratio. The largest departure from the Tipo 251 engine was a change from downdraft Weber carburetors to a sidedraft arrangement, which allowed a much lower hood profile in the sleek and thoroughly modern bodywork designed by Filippo Sapino of Pininfarina. Unlike the Daytona, which featured Pininfarina-designed bodies manufactured by Scaglietti in Modena, the GTC/4 bodies were both designed and built by Pininfarina in Torino, then shipped to Maranello for assembly. Today, the 365 GTC/4 is hailed as an outstanding long-distance tourer. It is an ideal combination of beauty, power, handling, and comfort.

This spectacular Rosso Nearco (dark red, non-metallic) Ferrari 365 GTC/4 was originally shipped to Chinetti-Garthwaite Inc. in Paoli, Pennsylvania, with air-conditioning, beige leather interior, and elegant Borrani wire wheels. Just 505 examples of the 365 GTC/4 were produced over its 18-month production run in 1971 and 1972, and Ferrari historian Marcel Massini documented this as the 351st example built.

Chassis no. 15365 was purchased new by Glenn and Albert Turner of Maryland and housed in their collection from 1972 through 2007. It was acquired in 2007 by noted Ferrari collector L.J. du Pont and earned a spot in his renowned stable. While in Mr. DuPont’s care, the car received an extensive and well-documented mechanical restoration that included attention to the engine, gearbox, suspension, exhaust, brakes, and other ancillary systems. At the end of this process, only the exterior paint and excellent original upholstery were left untouched.

The current owner, a gentleman who has owned several examples of the GTC/4, has continued to maintain the car as needed to keep in excellent condition throughout. The Ferrari, repainted in its original color this past year, makes a strong presentation today, with a well-preserved original interior and tidy engine bay.

Having covered just 39,000 miles since new and offered with a report compiled by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, an impressive file of invoices, hand books, and tools, this GTC/4 offers the discerning buyer an outstanding opportunity to acquire an expertly owned, meticulously maintained, and luxurious grand touring Ferrari.