This 1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 was owned by a French doctor who parked it in 1981 and left to work overseas. The car remained in a garage largely forgotten for 42 years in time capsule condition.
It’s now being offered for sale out of France with its original factory colors still in place and its matching numbers drivetrain. It’s clear it requires a full restoration, but it appears to be an ideal candidate for a rebuild given its originality.
Fast Facts – The Ferrari 365 GT 2+2
- The Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 was unveiled at the 1967 Paris Motor Show as the successor to the 500 Superfast, in the lineage originally carved out by the 250 GTE. As the model name suggests, the 365 GT 2+2 has a two + two seating arrangement, GT stands for grand tourer, and each of the 12 cylinders has a displacement of 365cc.
- The 365 GT 2+2 was designed by Aldo Brovarone at Pininfarina, the front bore a resemblance to the 365 California though the cars shared no panels. Each body was made by hand at Pininfarina and then shipped to Ferrari to be completed.
- Power was provided by the 4.4 liter Tipo 245 version of Ferrari’s Colombo V12 producing 320 bhp at 6,600 rpm, this was sent back through a 5-speed transmission to the rear wheels. The 365 GT 2+2 was given independent front and rear suspension, and four wheel disc brakes.
- Interestingly, the 365 GT 2+2 would be the first Ferrari to feature power steering and air conditioning as standard for the American market. Inside it had space to accommodate four adults in comfort, and the trunk was able to hold plenty of vacation luggage.
The Four-Seat Cars That Helped Keep Ferrari Alive
When the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1967 it had an important job ahead of it. While the more sporting Ferraris would get the headlines and the bedroom wall posters, the 365 GT 2+2 would sell in high numbers, bringing in much needed funds for the Italian automaker and ensuring the books remained in the black.
In some respects, the early 2+2 Ferraris were early precursors to models like the Ferrari Purosangue SUV that entered production in 2022. They were larger, less sporting vehicles with ample trunk space that could accommodate more than two people – while they may not have been as fast or appealing as models like the 250 GT SWB they sold in much higher numbers.
The first major 2+2 model from Ferrari was the 250 GTE, a car that was said to have been developed because Enzo Ferrari needed a car that could accommodate himself, his driver, his wife, and their pet dog.
The 250 GTE quickly became a best-seller for Ferrari as it offered far more practicality than the company’s other models – it could seat four and had actual useable trunk space. The model was sold from 1959 till 1963, when it was replaced by the similar Ferrari 330 GT 2+2.
The 330 GT 2+2 was made from 1964 to 1967 and much like the model that had come before it, it was a best-seller for Ferrari bringing in much needed revenue. By this time the Ferrari 2+2 genre was well-established, and the company knew how important it was to their bottom line, so significant time and effort was expended developing their next 2+2.
The Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 Debuts
In 1967 the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 would debut with much sleeker styling by Aldo Brovarone at Pininfarina that borrowed some inspiration from the earlier 365 California – also a Pininfarina design.
The 365 GT 2+2 would be the first series production Ferrari 2+2 with independent rear suspension, the earlier cars had relied on live rear axles. It also received disc brakes front and rear, and an interesting hydro-pneumatic, self-leveling rear suspension developed with Koni.
The model was based on a 2650mm wheelbase chassis consisting of large section oval main tubes with cross bracing and sub assemblies to hold the body. The bodies were all made by hand at Pininfarina and then sent to Ferrari where the fit out would be completed.
Power was provided by the 4.4 liter Tipo 245 version of Ferrari’s Colombo V12 producing 320 bhp at 6,600 rpm and sent back through a 5-speed manual transmission.
Performance was brisk for a four-seat car by the standards of the late 1960s, it could reach a top speed of 245 km/h or 152 mph, making it ideal for taking the family on a road trip across the Continent.
Production of the 365 GT 2+2 ran from 1967 to 1971 by which time 800 of them had been made. It would be the first Ferrari to feature power steering and air conditioning as standard for the American market, and it was succeeded by the controversial and far more angular Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2.
The “Garage Find” Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 Shown Here
The car you see here was bought new in 1968 and delivered through Jacques Swaters’ Garage Francorchamps as just the fourth example to be sold in Belgium. The car was finished in Céleste Métallisé (light blue metallic) with a Franzi black interior and fitted with Borrani wheels with knock-off hubs.
The first owner, known only as Mr V., was a Belgian pharmacist who kept the car for 10 years before selling it on to a french doctor. The new owner registered the car in the Ariège department of France in June of 1978 and drove it for approximately three years before leaving France to work overseas.
This would be the point at which the car was parked in a covered garage and left in untouched condition for a remarkable 42 years. Today it remains in dusty but all-original condition, right down to the interior, factory paint, and matching numbers drivetrain.
It’s now being offered for sale by Aguttes as part of their La Vente D’Automne auction on the 26th of November with a price guide of €100,000 – €150,000 or approximately $108,000 – $162,000 USD. If you’d like to read more about it or register to bid you can visit the listing here.
Images courtesy of Aguttes
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