• Year of manufacture 
    1971
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    136
  • Reference number 
    MC24_r0045
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
    Monaco
  • Exterior colour 
    Black

Description

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Monaco event, 10 - 11 May 2024.

  • Offered from The 20th Century Collection
  • The fifth of six examples factory-equipped with an automatic transmission
  • Retains its matching-numbers engine
  • One of 800 total examples built
  • Originally finished in the rare colour scheme of Giallo Man O’War over a Nero leather interior
  • Excellent basis for a full restoration

Introduced at the Paris Salon in 1967, the 365 GT 2+2 continued Ferrari’s tradition of 2+2 grand touring machines, becoming Maranello’s largest and most luxurious model to date. The 365’s coachwork—designed and constructed by Pininfarina—featured low-slung fastback styling that drew heavily from the 500 Superfast and 365 California models.

The latest 2+2 was the first Ferrari grand tourer that was equipped as standard with power amenities (steering, brakes, and windows) and a self-leveling independent rear suspension. The 365’s luxurious interior was appointed with plush leather upholstery, elegant veneered trim panels, and a wood-rimmed steering wheel, which in combination with air conditioning and a radio made the model as comfortable as it was powerful. Of course, trademark Ferrari power would never take a backseat to creature comforts, and in this final iteration of the single-overhead-camshaft 4.4-litre “Colombo” engine, triple-Weber 40 DFI/5 carburetors contributed to a robust output of 320 horsepower.

Given the 365 GT 2+2’s sublime combination of power and luxury, it is little wonder that the model came to be known among some enthusiasts as the “Queen Mary”, a suggestion of the car’s sheer size and aristocratic presence.

This unrestored example claims rare factory-appointed mechanical features and cosmetic finishing, offering an ideal template for a full restoration. Chassis 13171 bears the unusual distinction of being the fifth of only six examples that were factory-equipped with an automatic transmission. Finished in rare Giallo Man O’War paint over an interior trimmed in Nero vaumol leather by Connolly, the 2+2 was distributed in May 1970 to Luigi Chinetti Motors, which later that year sold the car to a Mr. W. Taylor.

Although the 365’s intermediary history is not documented, in late-2007 it was offered by an esteemed dealer in the Los Angeles area, at which time the car was acquired by the consignor, a respected collector based in the Middle East. The 2+2 has remained in storage since then, and it now emerges to offer a tantalizing restoration prospect.

As one of only six examples factory-equipped with an automatic transmission, and originally finished in the rare Giallo Man O’War, this 365 GT 2+2 offers an incredible opportunity for any enthusiast seeking to steward the full restoration of a very intriguing Ferrari. Given a proper refurbishment, this fascinating car should make an ideal candidate for concours display or enjoyment on the open road for a whole family of tifosi.

Please note this lot has entered the EU on a temporary import bond, which must be cancelled either by exporting the lot outside of the EU on an approved Bill of Lading with supporting customs documentation or by paying the applicable VAT and import duties to have the lot remain in the EU.

Veuillez noter que ce lot est entré dans l'UE sous couvert d'une autorisation d'importation temporaire, qui doit être annulée soit en exportant le lot en dehors de l'UE avec une lettre de débarquement approuvé accompagné des documents douaniers nécessaires, soit en payant la TVA et les droits d'importation applicables pour que le lot reste dans l'UE.

To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/auctions/mc24/.


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Title 
Mr
First name 
Augustin
Last name 
Sabatie-Garat

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