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The most popular of the 365 models was the 365 GT 2 + 2, It replaced the 330 GT 2 + 2 which had a live rear axle on leaf springs, the 365 GT 2 + 2 had independent rear suspension rather than a live axle.
The 365 GT 2+2 was a luxurious car with leather seats, power steering and brakes, electric windows, and optional air conditioning. It quickly became the company's top-selling model with 801 produced between 1968 and 1971. 52 vehicles were right hand drive.
It was originally presented at the 1967 Paris Salon, The body was by Pininfarina and the cars were constructed and trimmed at their works, before shipment to the Ferrari factory for fitment of the mechanical components.
The new model bore a resemblance to the 365 California at the front, although the quarter bumpers were bulkier, and incorporated side/turn light assemblies in the front face that were unique to this model. It also featured black plastic engine bay exhaust air louvres on the scuttle, either side of the trailing edge of the bonnet.
The five-glass cabin profile was longer than that of its predecessor, the 330 GT 2+2, with a longer and shallower slope to the rear screen, which ran into a virtually flat boot lid terminating in an angular Kamm tail.
The tail panel had a pair of horizontal triple circular lens light assemblies mounted in a rectangular chrome surround bezel, below which was a full width chrome-plated bumper. A hydro-pneumatic, self-levelling rear suspension system was developed with Koni to guarantee excellent road-holding whatever the load.
Although the 365 GT 2+2 shared the same wheel base as the 330 GT 2+2, it was wider, and whilst low and elegant looked big, due to increased front and rear overhangs, which extended the overall length by more than 130 mm. Initially it was fitted with similar design 10-hole alloy wheels as had been used on the Series II 330 GT 2+2, and then later with five-spoke ‘star’ patterns.
Borrani wire wheels remained available as an option throughout production. At about the same time as the change of wheel design, the plexiglass covers over the headlights were deleted, although the light position in deep wing recesses remained.
The bodies were mounted on a 2650 mm wheel base chassis, which had factory reference number 591, and all were numbered in the odd chassis number road car sequence. It was constructed along similar lines to the preceding model, with large section oval main tubes, substantial cross bracing, and sub-assemblies welded to the main frame to support the body, plus ancillary equipment. An innovation to this model was the self-levelling independent rear suspension, to maintain a constant ride height irrespective of load. It was also the first large series production Ferrari to feature power-assisted steering as standard, and was available as either left-or right-hand drive.
The engine was a single overhead camshaft per bank 4.4 litre V12 unit, with factory type reference 245. It had a total cubic capacity of 4,390 cc and a bore and stroke of 81 x 71 mm, with outside the vee spark plug arrangement, fitted with a bank of three twin choke Weber 40 DFI/5 carburettors. A twin coil and distributor ignition system mounted to the rear of the engine claimed to produce 320 hp. The engine was coupled to a 5-speed, all-synchromesh gearbox, with final drive through a propeller shaft to the differential unit, with drive shafts to each independently sprung rear wheel.
A UK supplied, Right Hand Drive Car, 12125 was supplied new via Maranello Concessionaires to a Mr Villiars of London W2 and first registered on the 24th February 1969.
A rare car in the UK with just 52 examples reaching these shores this is number 361 of a total production of 801.
This example has obviously led a pampered life. The history file shows a constant stream of repair invoices throughout the 80's and 90's, with the car being treated a full interior re-trim and re-paint in recent years.
This is a fabulous and rare Ferrari that is actually practical to use, in that it has four full size seats and good sized useable boot!
With nearly every other 1960's V12 Ferrari now commanding prices well into 7 figures, this must surely be the most cost effective way of owning a 1960's V12 Ferrari?!
Our reputation is built on the quality of the cars we sell. Graypaul Classic Cars prides itself by providing the best possible cars in the best possible condition prepared to an exacting standard with a proven provenance.
Following our workshop inspection, the following items have been attended to in preparation for sale.
Servicing as required
4 new period correct Michelin XWX Tyres fitted
Rear suspension bushes replaced and rebuilt
Various electrical faults rectified
Steering box oil leaks rectified
Rear tail lights re-chromed
Finally as always with our cars, a 2 day detail of the complete vehicle has been carried out in order to pass this vehicle onto its new owner in outstanding condition - it really does have to be seen to be believed !