In 1972, at the Paris Auto Salon, Ferrari unveiled an all-new series to the world. It was a fast, svelte and elegant 2+2 powered by the classic VI2 twin cam engine sporting six Weber carbs, and through various iterations remained the most expensive model in Ferrari’s range for the next 17 years. The 365 GT4 2+2is easily distinguished from its stablemates by its six rear tail lights, knock-off alloy wheels, and lack of a front spoiler. In total, 521 were produced between 1972and 1976, with 55 being in right-hand drive. Only a handful have survived.
The Series 1 bodies were formed and fully trimmed in Connolly hides at the Pininfarina works in Turin, and then shipped to the Ferrari factory in Maranello for the installation of the mechanical components. Under the bonnet, Ferrari squeezed in their 4.4 litreV12 unit producing 400 bhp at 7,000rpm, making it, at the time, the world’s most potent full four-seater. Despite its 1,450kilos, the car sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and was capable of a top speed of 165 mph.
This wonderful example was owned in the early 1980s by none other than boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper OBE. Famous for his knockdown of a young Muhammad Ali in 1963, “Our ‘Enery” later became friends with The Greatest. Following his retirement from the sport, he continued his career as a television and radio personality and to date is the only boxer to be awarded a knighthood.
He loved his cars, was a great motorsport enthusiast and at one point did some club racing alongside his great friend Graham Hill. A copy of the V5shows Henry Cooper as the keeper, listing his home address in Hendon, North London. Numerous marque specialists have also known this car as “Enry’s Ferrari”.
Fast forward to the present day, this60,000-mile car presents beautifully, finished in Corsa Rosso with complementing immaculate Connolly VM 3286 biscuit hide and new matching carpets. The substantial history file, with lots of receipts and MOTs dating from 1986, shows significant on-going maintenance over the years and the caris currently MOT’d until August 2017.
A full original and complete Ferrari toolkit with all tools and a jack/warning triangle in case also accompany the car, as well as a factory Ferrari brochure from Maranello concessionaries, a parts book and a thick file of paperwork. This very rare 365GT chassis #175 out of 521 was ordered new without the door mirrors,and has matching number V12 engine#17175It should be noted that this car has the pedigree of the prancing horse, the presence of a heavyweight and the provenance to ensure it is a sound investment as well as a real driver’s car. The last of the front engine V12“Enzo” cars is for sale for complete with Sir Henry Cooper memorabilia and personal UK reg. plate CCZ 365