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.
This right-hand drive example of one of Ferrari’s finest luxury GTs was purchased by the vendor in 1997 having previously been owned by a Mr M T Bourbon in the early 1980s. The latter lived in Paris and took the car with him to Fifth Avenue, New York in 1985. While in the USA it underwent substantial refurbishment at Automotive Restorations Inc of Stratford, CT (invoices available) before returning to the UK circa 1994. More recent work has included an engine top-end strip-down, new inlet camshaft and followers, overhaul of distributors and carburettors, new fuel pumps, rear suspension strip-down, new shock absorbers and suspension bushes, and overhaul of the brakes; all of the foregoing being carried out in February 1999 by D K Performance Cars of Edmonton, London N18 at a cost of £12,371 (invoice available). In November 2003 T-H-R-E Historic Racing carried out a further overhaul of the brakes prior to MoT at a cost of £4,010. Owed by the current vendor for the last three years it has been maintained as part of his collection and presents itself in very nice order indeed.
Finished in dark blue with matching leather interior, the car is offered with aforementioned invoices, current MoT and Swansea V5 registration document.