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Lot 118: 1972 Ferrari 365GTC/4 Coupe

Important Sports & Competition Motor Cars, Bonhams (16 September 2005)

“Each new Ferrari model brings some noteworthy advance over previous ones. The GTC4’s is mechanical refinement. Less mechanical thrash comes through from the engine room than in any previous Ferrari, and the controls are smoother and lighter than ever, making the car deliciously easy to drive well. And the lack of mechanical clatter does not deprive us of entertainment; there’s just the right amount of purr from the four tailpipes, and when working hard in its upper rev range the engine sings the familiar and beautiful V12 song.” - Road & Track.
Contemporary of the awe-inspiring Daytona, the 365GTC/4 was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1971. A short-lived four-seater model that bridged the gap between production of the 365GT 2+2 and 365GT4 2+2, the 365GTC/4 used a chassis similar to the Daytona’s and a wet-sump version of the latter’s 4,390cc four-cam V12 coupled to a conventional five-speed gearbox rather than a transaxle. Altogether more civilised and easy to drive than the brutish Daytona, the 365GTC/4 came with ZF power steering and servo-assisted brakes as standard, the option of air conditioning and an especially luxurious interior featuring individual reclining front seats and column-mounted switchgear. In spite of the increasing emphasis on refinement, the 365GTC/4 gave nothing away to its rivals in the performance stakes, racing through the standing quarter-mile in under 16 seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 150mph. Just 500 cars were made during 1971/72 only, almost all of which went to the USA.

Chassis number ‘15553’ is one of only 39 right-hand drive models manufactured and thus a rare car indeed. Owned by Mrs Campbell-Golding for approximately 20 years until 1998, this car was mainly serviced by Maranello Concessionaires, according to the history file. While in Mrs Campbell-Golding’s ownership the car had the later 4-litre Type F101C 400 GT engine installed by Maranello Concessionaires. It then became the property of legendary historic racer Frank Sytner, via Brian Classic, undergoing a substantial restoration, including a bare-metal repaint and new interior, at Leicester’s Ferrari main agents Graypaul, of which Mr Sytner was chairman at the time.
Its odometer now showing 79,000 miles, the car is offered with some service history for the period 1980-1994 and an invoice for its most recent service undertaken by D K Engineering in 2003, since when it has covered but a few hundred miles. More recent work, undertaken by a Ferrari specialist in the autumn of 2004 at a cost approaching £5,000, has included a gearbox rebuild (with new synchros), new rear shock absorbers and a new radiator. Finished in silver with black leather interior, the latter equipped with air conditioning, the car is now presented in superb all-round condition.
The GTC/4 represents a practical and usable 12-cylinder Ferrari Grand Tourer, possessing benefits that many of the earlier cars lacked along with the unmistakable Pininfarina lines. The model is becoming recognised as one of the most under-rated Ferraris of all, and given the rarity of right-hand drive examples, this car must surely represent a confident and enjoyable investment. Offered with MoT to October 2005 and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Important Sports & Competition Motor Cars
Bonhams, Goodwood Revival, Chichester
Lot Number118
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£26000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£29900
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Registration numberCTV 392K
Chassis number15553
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