1972 Ferrari 365GTC/4 Berlinetta Coachwork by Pininfarina Registration no. EKR 75K Chassis no. 15623
'Each new Ferrari model brings some noteworthy advance over previous ones. The GTC/4's is mechanical refinement. Less mechanical thrash comes through from the engine room than in any previous Ferrari, and the controls are smoother and lighter than ever, making the car deliciously easy to drive well. And the lack of mechanical clatter does not deprive us of entertainment; there's just the right amount of purr from the four tailpipes, and when working hard in its upper rev range the engine sings the familiar and beautiful V12 song.' - Road & Track.
A short-lived interim model that bridged the gap between production of the 365GT 2+2 and 365GT4 2+2, the 365GTC/4 was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1971. A contemporary of the awe-inspiring Daytona, the 365GTC/4 used a similar chassis and a wet-sump version of the former's 4,390cc four-cam V12 in a slightly lower - 320bhp - state of tune, which was coupled to a conventional five-speed gearbox rather than the Daytona's transaxle. Cylinder heads revised to accommodate side-draught carburettors enabled stylist Pininfarina to achieve an elegant, low profile bonnet line. 'In all, a graceful, clean and understated design with subtleties one discovers only by looking it over carefully. One might say this model is a Ferrari for the mature enthusiast,' observed R&T.
Altogether more civilised and easy to drive than the heavy Daytona, the rapid 365GTC/4 came with ZF power steering and servo-assisted brakes as standard, the option of air conditioning, and an especially luxurious interior featuring individual reclining front seats and occasional rear seats. In spite of the increasing emphasis on refinement, the 365GTC/4 gave nothing away to its rivals in the performance stakes, racing through the standing quarter mile in under 16 seconds on its way to a top speed in excess of 150mph. By the time the model was withdrawn in October 1972, production had totalled only 500 units, making the 365GTC/4 eminently collectible today.
The example offered here, chassis number '15623', was built for the US market in May 1972. The car left Ferrari's Maranello works finished in Oro Kelso with Beige Scuro leather interior, and was equipped from new with air conditioning, power windows, and a speedometer in miles. Its destination was William F Harrah's US West Coast Ferrari distributorship, Modern Classic Motors in Reno, Nevada. No details of its early ownership history are known, although '15623' was advertised for sale periodically in Ferrari Market Letter and other US journals.
On 10th October 2014, the Ferrari was first registered in the UK where it would be treated to a full 'last nut and bolt' restoration to concours standard by its new owner, Ferrari official workshops: Joe Macari, who retained the finished car for his personal use. A detailed photographic record of the rebuild is on file,
Refinished in grey "Catherine" metallic with matching leather interior, the Ferrari was displayed by Joe Macari at the London Classic Car Show at Excel in February 2016, and shortly thereafter, in May 2016, was sold to the current enthusiast vendor. The sales invoice is on file and this stunning car also comes with a Massini Report and the all-important Ferrari Classiche certification. Wanting only a new custodian, '15623' represents a rare opportunity to acquire a superbly restored Ferrari 365GTC/4 in a particularly attractive colour combination.