The 365 GTC/4 was designed as the successor to the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2. In the development of the car, Ferrari largely reverted to the technology of the “Daytona”, such as the chassis and the suspension. This beautiful Ferrari is for sale by Pannhorst automobiles in Düsseldorf.
The engine was also identical in its basic features: both cars were powered by the 4.4-litre twelve-cylinder engine designed by Gioacchino Colombo, which had four overhead camshafts. However, the engine was modified in several ways for use in the 365 GTC/4. While Ferrari used downdraft carburettors in the “Daytona”, the 365 GTC/4 had six double flat-flow carburettors from Weber (type 38DCOE59/60). They were located on the outside of the cylinder heads and allowed for a lower bonnet than in the “Daytona”. Wet sump lubrication and modified cylinder heads were also new. The power output of the engine was 340 hp in the European version.
The five-speed gearbox of the 365 GTC/4 was essentially the same as that of the Daytona. However, while it was connected to the rear axle gearbox (transaxle), it was located at the front of the engine in the 365 GTC/4. It protruded far into the passenger compartment and was covered by a wide centre console. Together with the engine positioned far to the rear, this arrangement of the gearbox ensured that a substantial part of the weight was concentrated in the middle of the vehicle. Weight distribution was almost balanced with a ratio of 51 (front) to 49 (rear).
The car had independent suspensions on double wishbones, coil springs and hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers. In the rear, hydraulic level control was added.
The body of the coupé had been completely redesigned. Its layout was similar to that of the “Daytona”; however, the two models had not a single body part in common. The body was designed by Pininfarina; the executive designer was Filippo Sapino.
Sapino designed a hatchback body with a long, flat bonnet, a short passenger compartment and a sloping roofline that culminated in a cutaway ridge rear. The beltline was curved. Like the “Daytona” in its second version, the 365 GTC/4 had folding headlights. The 365 GTC/4 wore a distinctive wide radiator grille framed by a wrap-around black rubber bumper. The radiator grille contained turn signals and additional headlights. This shape of the front end was stylistically at odds with the flowing lines of the car and was a concession to safety regulations in the United States.
The design of the 365 GTC/4 built by Pininfarina was mostly perceived as less aggressive compared to the “Daytona”.
In the interior, the 365 GTC/4 differed in some details from those of earlier Ferrari sports cars. The dashboard had been redesigned. The five-speed gearbox did not have the open gearshift gate typical of Ferrari, but a leather bag covering the gearshift gate. Air conditioning and power steering were standard; leather upholstery for the seats, on the other hand, was an extra charge.
The 365 GTC/4 had a top speed of 260 km/h and accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds.
The 365 GTC/4 was produced from 1971 to 1972. Information about the production volume usually varies between 500 and 505 cars. The production of the 365 GTC/4 is distributed over the chassis numbers 14179 to 16289.
The German Ferrari importer Auto Becker in Düsseldorf offered the 365 GTC/4 for DM 75,091.50, while the “Daytona” cost DM 77,533.50.
This Ferrari 365 GTC/4
This beautiful rare Ferrari 365 GTC/4 in Azzurro Hyperion (No.2 of 35 in this colour) with beige leather interior as optional equipment was completed in August 1971 and delivered to Auto Becker in Düsseldorf. From there the car went to Switzerland where it changed hands four times until the 90s. The vehicle then went to the USA for a decade before returning to Europe in 2004. In 2014, the vehicle was restored in Portugal and sold to its current owner in Düsseldorf. There is a documentation of the entire history by Marcel Massini.
Since then, the vehicle has been used regularly and maintained in expert hands and made suitable for everyday use at great expense.
The work was carried out by the renowned Ferrari specialist Thomas Gralak in Willich. The 4.4 litre V12 engine with peripherals and the 5-speed manual gearbox are in top condition and function perfectly. The engine, with its 6 Weber carburettors, accelerates smoothly and runs silky-smooth across all rev ranges. The brake system and the chassis have been extensively overhauled and restored in recent years and also function perfectly.
A beautiful and very original Ferrari 365 GTC/4 with matching numbers and in very good condition. It is equipped with electric windows, radio cassette, leather interior, and 7.5×15 LM Cromodora rims.
There is a value appraisal from TÜV Rheinland from 2017 for 400.000,- €.
13.700,- revision, HBZ, brake calipers, clutch and gearbox, chassis
4.600,- Preliminary work gearbox and brake
4.300,- Preliminary work gearbox and clutch spare parts
5.700,- Input inspection and repair
4.200,- Oil pressure sensor, shock absorber
8.900,- Leather interior (Luppi)
5.350,- Paintwork front end
8.750,- Fuel pump, steering, body work front end, assembly work
1.250,- Wheel bearing track rods
11.800,- Body work front end, assembly work
7.200,- Front body work, drive shaft
10.800,- Window regulator, throttle linkage, brake and exhaust system
2,650.- Repair and insulation work underbody
1.800,- alternator, timing chain, fuel tank sender
1.400,- Ignition distributor, coil and adjustment work and sealing of rear window
Marc Rosu / Pannhorst Automobile, Neuss