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1969 Ferrari 365 GT

1969 Ferrari 365 GT


Revealed to the public for the first time at the Paris Auto Salon in 1967, the 365 GT 2+2 was the largest, most luxurious Ferrari ever produced at the time. There was a host of standard equipment that included power steering, power brakes, and a self-leveling suspension system, a first for Ferrari. Other Ferraris from the era came equipped with rear-mounted transaxles, however the 365 2+2 gearbox was mounted in unit with the engine sending power to a traditional rear differential. Under the sleek hood is Ferrari’s powerful 4.4-liter V-12 topped with three twin-choke Weber carburetors producing 320 bhp, enough to propel this luxury GT to speeds in excess of 145 mph.

In 1969, Road & Track dubbed it "The Queen Mother of Ferraris," a name by which many Ferrari enthusiasts affectionately refer to it today. “The 365 GT 2+2 is to automobiles what Abe Lincoln was to men - that is to say, great,” the author went on to say. "It will do almost anything an automobile would be asked to do: cruise at 150 mph, creep along in traffic, carry the wife and kids shopping or on a cross-country trip - all in air conditioned comfort."

According to research by noted marque historian Marcel Massini, chassis 12633 was completed in July 1969. This U.S.-specification version, originally finished in striking Azzuro with a Russo leather interior, was delivered to Ferrari’s official West Coast distributor, Bill Harrah's Modern Classic Motors in Reno, Nevada. Treated to a sympathetic restoration and comprehensive mechanical overhaul in the early 2000s, this beautiful Ferrari has been driven sparsely, but carefully maintained ever since. Paint and brightwork are still in excellent condition and body panels fit properly, reflecting the high quality and attention to detail paid to this 365 GT 2+2 when restored. A polished set of correct, original Borrani wire wheels, dated May 1968, mounted Pirelli CN72 tires, complement the elegant Pininfarina coachwork. Inside, the sumptuous leather interior features the correct Becker Europa II radio and factory air conditioning.

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