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 V12 twin cam engine sporting six Weber carburettors, and through various iterations remained the most expensive model in Ferrari’s range for the next 17 years. The 365 GT4 2+2 is 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 1972 and 1976, with 55 being in right-hand drive. Only a handful have survived.
The Series 1 bodies were formed and fully trimmed in Connolly hide at the Pininfarina works in Turin, and were then shipped to the Ferrari factory in Maranello for the installation of the mechanical components. Under the bonnet, Ferrari squeezed in their 4.4 litre V12 unit producing some 400 bhp at 7,000rpm, making it, at the time, the world’s most potent full four-seater. Despite its 1,450 kilos, the car sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and was capable of a top speed of 165 mph.
This rare early example, fitted with a manual 5-speed gearbox, was first registered in July 1973 with the plate RPG 1L and supplied to a Mr. John Greenwood of Stoke-on-Trent. The car later fell into the ownership of Sir Henry Cooper OBE, the best British boxer of a generation. Our ‘Enry was famous for his knockdown of a young Muhammad Ali in 1963, afterwards becoming good friends with Ali. Following his retirement from boxing he continued his career as a television and radio personality, and to date is the only boxer to be awarded a knighthood. Henry was a big fan of cars and motorsport in general, enjoying club racing alongside his great friend Graham Hill.
Now showing 60,000 miles from new, the 365 is offered with a substantial history file containing a number of invoices, correspondence, brochures, manuals and UK MoT certificates dating back to the mid-1980s. Pleasingly the car is offered with a complete Ferrari toolkit and Henry Cooper memorabilia, and is supplied with the cherished registration CCZ 365.
Finished in Rosso Corsa with complementing biscuit hide and new matching carpets, this is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an extremely rare V12-engined GT with fantastic provenance.