1972 Ferrari 365
Year of manufacture1972
Engine numberF101 AC N. 221
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Coupé
Coachwork by Pininfarina
Chassis no. 15993
Engine no. F101 AC N. 221
"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 365 GT4 2+2, the 365 GTC/4 was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1971. A contemporary of the awe-inspiring Daytona, the 365 GTC/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 365 GTC/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 365 GTC/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 (241/km/h). By the time the model was withdrawn in October 1972, production had totalled only 500 units, making the 365 GTC/4 eminently collectible today.
According to the accompanying Massini Report copy, chassis '15993' was delivered new via the Florence-based Ferrari concessionaire, Nocentini Automobili SpA to its first owner, a resident of the Tuscan capital, Mr Giancarlo Bossi Pucci, with the Italian licence plates 'FI 638534'. The specified colour combination was Grigio Argento (silver grey) with black leather interior, the same as today.
The first owner did not keep the car for long and sold it on 9th February 1973 to SCA Genova Società Costruzioni Autostrada in Genova. They in turn sold the Ferrari in 1976 to its third owner, a Carlo Massa of Turin, who kept the car until 1991 when he sold it to a Mr Renna of Palermo, Sicily. Subsequently the Ferrari changed hands again, passing to the collection of Luigi Compiano of Treviso. As is well known, his collection was confiscated by the Italian Guardia di Finanza in 2013 and sold at auction in Milan in November 2016, where the current owner purchased the car for 308,000.
Subsequently, the owner had the car serviced at the official Ferrari dealer Rosso Corsa in Milan, who also fitted new tyres and had the car Ferrari Classiche Certified. The invoice for the service including the certification amounted to no less than 16,100 and is dated April 2017. A further 1,932 was spent at a local specialist for cleaning and setting up the carburettors. Described by the vendor as in excellent condition throughout, this beautiful Ferrari is offered with its original leather pouch and owner's manual; Italian registration documents; and the aforementioned Massini Report, invoice copies, and Ferrari Classiche certification (confirming matching chassis, engine, and colours).