By the mid-1960s, half of all Ferraris produced were being built with four seats, which demonstrates just how important this particular market sector had become for Maranello. Replacing the second of these four-seat Ferraris, the 330GT 2+2, the 365GT 2+2 was launched at the Paris Salon in October 1967. Sleekly styled in the manner of the ultra-exclusive, limited edition 500 Superfast, the 365GT was the most refined Ferrari to date.
Based on that of the contemporary two-seater 330GTC, albeit 250mm longer in the wheelbase, the chassis was made up of Ferrari’s familiar combination of oval and round steel tubing. There was independent suspension all round (for the first time on a Ferrari 2+2) incorporating Koni’s hydro-pneumatic self-levelling system at the rear. Further refinements included rubber-mounting the engine and drive-train to insulate the car’s occupants from noise and vibration, and providing ZF power-assisted steering and air conditioning as standard equipment. Developing 320bhp, the well-proven 4.4-litre V12 engine was coupled to a five-speed gearbox, while the car’s blistering performance – top speed 240km/h, 0-100km/h in 7.0 seconds – was restrained by Girling ventilated discs all round. A total of 800 cars had been completed by the time production ceased in 1971. Endowed with that unusual combination of fine handling and a supple ride, the 365GT 2+2 was rated by Car magazine as ‘the most civilised Ferrari yet.’
This wonderful example has enjoyed much care and attention in recent times, notably the car has been refinished in “Marrone Colorado”, the engine, carburettors and fuel system have benefitted from a major service, and also a new clutch and tyres have been fitted. Offered with a UK V5 document, this is a beautiful example of one of Ferrari’s most understated V12-powered GT cars.