By the mid-1960s, 50 percent of all Ferraris produced were being built with four seats. Third in this succession of ‘family Ferraris’ was the 365GT 2+2, which made its public debut at the Paris Salon in October 1967. Sleekly styled in the manner of the limited edition 500 Superfast, the 365GT 2+2 was the most refined Ferrari to date. Based on that of the contemporary 330GTC, the chassis was made up of Ferrari’s familiar combination of oval and round steel tubing and, as well as featuring independent suspension all round – for the first time on a Ferrari 2+2 – boasted Koni’s hydro-pneumatic self-levelling system at the rear.
Further refinements included mounting the engine and drive-train in rubber bushes to insulate the car’s occupants from noise and vibration and offering power-assisted steering and air conditioning as standard equipment. Developing 320bhp in its 365GT incarnation, the well-proven 4.4-litre V12 engine was coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox, while the car’s blistering performance – top speed 150mph, 0-60mph in 7.0 seconds – was restrained by Girling ventilated discs all round.
At its launch at the 1969 Paris Motor Show, the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 made a huge impact. It was the company’s largest and most luxurious Ferrari to date.
Rare in Right-Hand drive form, this car is one of just 52 cars built. It is a matching numbers example and is sold with a large history file with invoices dating back to the 90’s. The car also retains its very rare original leather Ferrari wallet and handbook including the “Bulletin De Garantie” reflecting the matching engine and chassis numbers and the rare original Voxson 8 track stereo with operating manual.
The car was sold new in South Africa on the 16th April 1969 by Contak in Johannesburg to a R.E Wilson who resided in Germiston. It was then sold to Sir George Albu, 3rd Bt. of Gencor / BHP Billiton fame on the 29th of May 1985 before being sold to our vendor on the 5th July 2014. Finished in red with dark brown interior, this wonderful GT car shows a mere 38,851km recorded on its odometer.