1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 by BV Collector Car Auction

On offer is a Ferrari 365 GTC/4, the rare and more modern brother of the Daytona. The car comes in a gorgeous colour combination and a Ferrari Classiche certificate.

In the 1960s, Ferrari used to offer three different choices for their clients: A very sportive two-seater, a comfortable four-seater and a GT version as medium. Until 1970, the subtle 330 GTC and the nearly identical 365 GTC took over the role of this sportive GT. So when in 1971 even the production of the GTC 2+2 was stopped, a new model was needed.

Based on the 365 GTB/4 Daytona Ferrari developed the 365 GTC/4 completely from the ground up and presented its latest model on the Geneva Salon in 1971. Basically, the GTC/4 has the same 4.4-liter-motor with four camshafts as the Daytona. But to enable the particularly low front end of the car, the GTC/4 obtained horizontal draft carburetors. While the Daytona had a transaxle gearbox, the GTC/4 send its 340 PS (250 kW) or 320 PS (234 kW) respectively for the US version to a five-gear-gearbox that was directly attached to the engine. As with the Daytona, the GTC/4 had an independent suspension on all 4 wheels.

From its predecessor 365 GT 2+2 the GTC/4 took over the servo steering and the hydraulic ride-height control for the rear wheel suspension.

The GTC/4 looked like no Ferrari before or afterwards. It was a very modern interpretation of the classic 2+2 and its design was super modern compared with the rest of the line up. As with many new designs the new shape wasn’t to everyone’s taste, and in Italy some even called it “il Gobbione” – the hunchback.

With its wedge shape, the retractable headlights and the five-spoke wheels, the GTC/4 reminded much more of the sporty 365 GTB/4 Daytona and looked way more exotic than its predecessors 365 GTC and 365 GT 2+2. The front end is marked by a matte black synthetic resin noseband that replaces the bumper, and the at that time most modern retractable headlights. Unlike the Daytona the GTC/4 had been designed with the retractable headlights in the first place, so these are fully integrated. The bonnet and the wings run smoothly up to the cabin. The roof line comes down to the low rear end with its pair of triple lights, which in total shapes the characteristic, wedged profile.

Especially the inside of the 365 GTC/4 is very modern and displays a beautiful and at the same time functional interior. “A masterpiece of modern industrial design”, praised the test drivers from the US-magazine Road&Track.

One peculiarity of the 365 GTC/4 was the very wide colour palette. Buyers could choose from 48 standard colours. If wanted, every other colour was made available, too. Additionally, ten different options for the interior design were offered, and the GTC/4 was the only Ferrari at this time available with checked upholstery – a nice alternative to the leather interior.

In the first place, the car was designed for the US-market as an extremely fast GT, and it met the tastes. The great visibility and the low effort needed to operate the steering, the gear shift and the brakes were appreciated by the specialized media.

It was available at Auto Becker for 75,091 DM, while the Daytona was listed with 77,533 DM. A Porsche 911 2.7 RS cost less than half. In Switzerland, the 365 GTC/4 was even 3,000 CHF more expensive than the Daytona. Both models sold in roughly equal numbers.

Although it sold well, Ferrari ceased the production of the GTC/4 already one and a half years after its presentation to the advantage of the significantly more conventional successor. This short production time most likely sets the record for all Ferrari series productions and is the reason for the GTC/4’s rareness. In 1971 and 1972, around 500 exemplars plus three prototypes were produced. 194 cars were delivered to the US. These were different from the European versions concerning the lower performance, the side lights, ignition system and others. 41 cars were delivered to England as right-hand drives, so that a mere 265 exemplars were delivered to Europe and the rest of the world.

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