1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4

It's no coincidence that the Ferrari 365 GTC/4 looks like the Ferrari Daytona. Based on the same chassis as that legendary GT car, the 365 GTC/4 added two rear seats and swapped the rear mounted transaxle for a gearbox situated behind the engine. Produced for only two years, this was the spiritual successor to the 365GT and GTC of the late 1960s. Much like the 400i we featured earlier this week, the 365 GTC/4 represents one of the cheapest ways to get into a vintage V12 Ferrari. This example for sale in Indiana is painted in an unusual and subdued shade of gray.

1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4

Only 50,273 actual miles, strong running car, suspension great, engine done in the last couple years. Alloy V12 engine, 340 HP, five-speed manual transmission, disc brakes, fully independent suspension.

Though it's only a letter off from the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona,” the GTC/4 has a personality all its own, with unique merits and deserves to be recognized as a brilliant grand tourer in its own right. While the GTC/4 will never command the same respect as a Daytona, it is an undoubtedly important car in Ferrari's history. The GTC/4 was introduced in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Sharing mechanical similarities with the Daytona, the GTC/4 rode on a wheelbase of an extra 100mm and was sheathed in crisply pleated Pininfarina lines with just enough curvature to soften their visual impact.

Under the sheet metal is an all-alloy V12, mounted up front in the manner of a traditional Ferrari GT. It displaced 4.4L and boasted a compression ratio of 8.8:1. With two Marelli distributors, four camshafts, and six Weber carbs, the engine is able to produce a hearty 340 horsepower at 6,800 rpm. Torque is rated at 318lb-ft at 4,000 rpm. Controlling the flow of power to the rear axle is an all-synchro five-speed manual transmission. The car is suspended by an independent layout of unequal-length control arms at all corners, and four-wheel vented discs are in place. This lovely example has just 50,300 miles and is in excellent condition throughout. It has been regularly serviced, including the all-important leakdown test, and all 12 cylinders have perfect compression and the car is ready for your next road trip.

Values for the 365 GTC/4 typically run from $70,000 to $140,000 these days. While this particular car has just over 50,000 miles, there is no information provided as to whether this is an original car or if it has been refreshed over the years. If this is an original car, I wouldn't be surprised if it fetched six figures, but if it has been restored in any way, shape or form, we might be looking at around $80,000 to $90,000. Sure, this isn't a Daytona, but when you consider the 365 GTC/4 shares a lot of the same mechanicals and platform, it can be a way to get a lot of bang for your Ferrari buck.


3 thoughts on “1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4”

  1. All the ad says is that the engine was “done in the last couple years” whatever that means. And, I don’t believe that the steering wheel is original. As I said before, I have no idea how anyone can expect to sell a 40-year old car w/ no description of the condition. Another problem – you the seller can’t afford to include the car fax (or get a previous ownership history) of the car? Here’s some info from a 365 GTC/4 registry page: http://www.365gtc4.com/registry/RegistryView.aspx?serialno=15773

    Bidding ended at $80,100 with reserve not met (not surprised).

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