1968 Ferrari 365GT 2+2
Year of manufacture1968
- Documented history from marque historian Marcel Massini
- Heavily patinated, numbers-matching grand tourer in need of complete mechanical and cosmetic restoration
- Original colors of Argento Metallizzato over Blu Nuvola Connolly leather
- Columbo 4.4-litre V-12 mated to a five-speed manual transmission
- Factory equipped with air conditioning, power windows, and magnesium alloy wheels
- Offered with jacking kit and full-size matching spare
Please note that this lot will need to be collected from Bergamo, Italy,
Introduced by Ferrari at the Paris Salon in 1967, the 365 GT 2+2 was the marque’s largest and most luxurious model to date, carrying forward the growing demand for high-speed transport with accommodations for up to four passengers. Designed and constructed by Pininfarina, it had a low-slung fastback design and was the first Ferrari to be equipped with standard power steering and power brakes. The 365 GT 2+2 was also the company’s first 2+2 with a self-leveling independent rear suspension. The 4.4-litre single-overhead-camshaft V-12 engine was fitted with three Weber carburetors and produced 320 bhp. Such performance was combined with a luxurious interior to make a most impressive grand tourer. Plush leather, luxurious veneered trim panels, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, air conditioning, a radio, and standard power windows completed the interior appointments. The 365 GT 2+2 proved to be incredibly popular among consumers with just over 800 of these models built during its model run. As one of the most comfortable, long-legged GT cars of its time, it is no wonder that the 365 GT 2+2 has become increasingly prized amongst the pantheon of Ferrari GT road cars.
According to research by noted marque historian Marcel Massini, chassis 11557 was completed in July 1968 and finished in Argento Metallizzato (Silver Metallic) over Blu Nuvola Connolly leather. Delivered new to Perugia-based Ferrari dealer Romeo Pedini, this 365 GT 2+2 was then purchased by its first owner and registered with local municipal plates. By 1972 the Ferrari had been imported stateside and appeared in a February 1979 Ferrari Club of America classified with 60,000 kms (~ 37,300 miles) recorded on its odometer. Reportedly placed into an Oklahoma storage facility in 1998 with 88,000 kms (~54,700 miles) displayed, chassis 11557 would remain untouched until 2016, whereupon it was inspected by Rolling Art Auto Restoration of Tulsa, Oklahoma. During this time, the Ferrari is said to have run and was apparently driven under its own power, though no attempts have been made to start it since. Purchased by the prior owner in 2017 and thusly imported to Bergamo, Italy—chassis 11557 is now offered as a restoration project in need of mechanical and cosmetic consideration.
Original finishes abound, and the overall state of the car appears to be largely undisturbed. The interior features the original steering wheel, shifter, gauges, and leather seat upholstery. The engine bay is dirty and unrestored but appears to have remained substantially complete; the original chassis tag is present and appears to be held in place by the original rivets, a telltale sign of a car that has been untouched by a restorer’s hands. The air conditioning has been disconnected, though the compressor is still with the car. The odometer currently records fewer than 88,700 kms (~55,100 miles), which may be reflective of original mileage on the vehicle. Accompanying the car is its matching ten-hole magnesium alloy spare, jack kit, and Marcel Massini’s history report.
This exciting, heavily patinated, numbers matching Pininfarina-bodied GT begs to be returned to the road after its many years of hibernation. This is the perfect restoration candidate for any Ferrari enthusiast looking to execute their own vision of the marque’s classic V-12 grand tourer.
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