Lot Number
Body by Pininfarina
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4

CHASSIS NO: 365GTC415359
• Very rare as one of as few as 500 examples produced 1971–1972
• Documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini; just 51,000 original miles
• Handsome Pininfarina designed and built body; great V-12 sound
• Professionally serviced, sorted, and ready to enjoy

4,390 cc light-alloy DOHC V12 engine, six Weber twin-choke 38 DCOE side-draft carburetors, 320 HP (SAE rating), five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, ZF limited-slip differential, hydraulic four-wheel disc brakes; wheelbase: 98.5”

Conceived and built to replace the four-seat 365 GT 2+2 and 365 GTC, Ferrari’s 365 GTC/4 debuted at Geneva in 1971. A somewhat roomier Grand Touring companion to the 365 GTB/4 Daytona, the 365 GTC/4 featured sleek bodywork, styled and rendered in steel by Pininfarina. The basic 4.4-litre V-12 engine of the 365 GTC/4 was shared with the Daytona, but equipped with different cylinder heads, wet-sump lubrication, slightly lowered compression, and six side-draft Weber carburetors for clearance underneath the low hood. Unlike the Daytona, the five-speed manual gearbox of the 365 GTC/4 was conventionally mounted in unit with the engine and the model incorporated a wider transmission tunnel in anticipation of the planned offering of an automatic gearbox; however, buyers waited for the automatic until debut of the subsequent 365 GT4 2+2.

Despite its stated Grand Touring mission in contrast to the harder-edged Daytona, the 365 GTC/4 offered outstanding performance closely approaching its much-vaunted stablemate, with 0-60 acceleration in the 6-second range and a top end over 150 mph. Topping the Ferrari road-car line when new, the 365 GTC/4 was priced slightly higher than the Daytona and very popular with Ferrari buyers. The 365 GTC/4 delivered a highly enjoyable driving experience and is regarded as “the civilized brother to the Daytona” due to its power steering, more civilized road manners, probably the best air-conditioning system of the vintage Ferraris. It was produced for just two years – 1971 and 1972 – with as few as 500 examples manufactured according to Ferrari experts.

Numbered 15359 and listed in Hilary A. Raab’s Ferrari Serial Numbers Part I and documented by Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, this 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 was the 330th example produced by assembly sequence and distinctively finished in Rosso Cherry (Cherry Red) over Nero Cologo (Cologne Black) leather upholstery. Built during March 1972, 15359 was built during March 1972 and then delivered new to its first owner via Ferrari’s West Coast U.S. distributor, William Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors of Nevada. Subsequent history finds the vehicle listed in the 1980 Ferrari Owners Club (FOC) USA membership roster as having resided in Fred Fohl of Encino, California. According to sale advertisements quoted by Marcel Massini, 15359 had been restored and repainted in red during the 1980s and it had only accumulated some 46,000 miles by 1990. During the early 1990s, the Ferrari was owned by Hubert Phipps of West Palm Beach, Florida and during October 2005, it was purchased by Richard Becherer of Cullowhee, North Carolina. It was subsequently purchased in 2011 by John Barrett of Athens, Georgia, who had comprehensive service and sorting work performed during 2015 and 2016 and within the last 1,000 miles, with a thorough engine servicing, suspension and brake service, rendering the car, as they say in the trade, “on the button” and ready for immediate use and enjoyment. The interior was also refurbished and new carpeting installed. The veneered wood center console panels have also been recently refurbished, a correctly restored factory steering wheel was installed, and further items included refurbishment of the air-conditioning system, fitment of a new factory bonnet pad, restoration of the Borrani wire wheels, and installation of new correct-type Michelin XWX radial tires. Invoices for this recent work and parts accompany the sale of 15359.

Complete with full service history, this 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 has been well-kept and cared for through all ownerships. According to the Consignor, a classic Ferrari and sports car expert, this 365 GTC/4 will offer its new owner enjoyment with no surprises. The gearbox and clutch action are excellent, the body gaps are correct, and the vehicle’s structural integrity is similarly excellent with no rust. Importantly, this 365 GTC/4 has never sustained any accident damage. Continuing to benefit from an older cosmetic restoration, 15359 remains in superb condition throughout as offered. One of the best driving and most usable of the 1970s-vintage V12 Ferrari models and one of the best-sounding V12 Ferrari’s of all time, this 1972 365 GTC/4 is complete with books, tools, a window crank, factory jack, and wheel hammer. It will certainly provide a great driving experience in the finest V12 Ferrari Grand Touring tradition and a welcome show entry.

1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4
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