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The Quail Auction / 1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Chassis no. 14871 Engine no. 14871

Lot 9
1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4
19 August 2022, 11:00 PDT
Carmel, Quail Lodge & Golf Club

US$275,000 - US$325,000

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1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4
Coachwork by Pininfarina

Chassis no. 14871
Engine no. 14871

4,390cc DOHC V12 Engine
6 Weber Carburetors
340bhp at 7,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Beautifully restored example of the classic 365GTC/4
*Presented in its factory-delivered livery of Grigio Argento over Nero Cogolo
*California car from new
*Offered with books, tools, and Marcel Massini history report


Introduced at the March 1971 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari 365 GTC/4 was derived from the chassis of the 365GTB/4 Daytona of 1968. The engine was similar to the 4,390cc DOHC V12 of the Daytona, but new heads and a lower compression ratio of 8.8:1 lowered brake horsepower to 340, slightly less for emissions-controlled American cars. Six side-draft Weber 38 DCOE carburetors fueled the engine, which used wet sump lubrication.

The wheelbase, at 94.5 inches, remained unchanged. Improvements included standard power steering and a larger luggage compartment, while the side-draft carburetors allowed a lower hood line. In contrast to the Daytona, however, which used a rear-mounted transaxle, the GTC/4 had its gearbox, a five-speed manual unit, mounted to the engine. Suspension was independent all around, with unequal-length control arms and coil springs, anti-roll bar and hydraulic self-leveling.

Designed and built by Pininfarina, the coupe bodies were shipped to Maranello for assembly. The low hood permitted by the side-draft carburetors incorporated retractable headlamps and a handsome Kamm tail featured traditional Ferrari tail lamps. The interior was a completely new design, with more comfortable seating, although the occasional "+2" seats in the rear were best used folded as luggage space. The seats had cloth inserts as standard, for comfort in warm weather, although air conditioning was standard. Full leather upholstery was available as an option.

The 365 GTC/4's handling has been described as "phenomenal," even with the tire technology of the time. Brakes, 11-plus-inch ventilated discs all around, are similarly up to the task.

Just 505 GTC/4s were built from 1971 to 1973. And only 180 of these were destined for the United States. Road & Track called it 'a graceful, clean and understated design.' It is all that and more.


Constructed at Pininfarina during the latter part of 1971, 365 GTC/4 chassis no. 14871 received final assembly at Ferrari that December. The new Coupe was finished in the same livery it sports today, the elegant Grigio Argento over a Nero Cogolo Connolly interior with matching wool inserts and red carpets. Delivered new to Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, CT in April of '72, it was described as being fitted with options that include air conditioning and a Becker Mexico radio with Hirschmann antenna. The car was sold new to a Californian, who took advantage of the fact that his early production GTC/4, the 95th of 501 built, meant that he could snag the California vanity plate "72 GTC" — the same Blue Plate it retains today.

Acquired by the vendor in 2011, it was the subject of a comprehensive restoration by marque experts in California. The car was torn down to the bare metal and returned to factory fresh condition. Topside, fresh paint in the factory color was applied, rubber moldings were replaced as needed, the interior was redone in the original color, with the correct woven wool seat inserts and Wilton Wool carpet. The Borrani wheels were completely rebuilt and refinished. Mechanically, the engine, original suspension, brakes system, Weber carburetors, and distributors were all rebuilt, the clutch and exhaust were replaced with correct units, a new set of Michelin XWX tires were fitted — the list goes on. Sold by Bonhams at Quail Lodge in 2015, the car was subsequently acquired by the current seller a year or two later. Carefully maintained and sparingly driven, the Ferrari has covered 300 miles since its restoration.

The finished product shows beautifully, like a true Grand Touring car representative of its era. Finished just as when it left the dealership when new — down to the colors, options, California Blue Plates, and even the original Neiman, and FAAB keys, there are few nicer examples out there. Offered with this handsome Ferrari are tools, books, and Marcel Massini's history report. The car retains its original engine, transmission, and differential, shows 36,700 miles on the odometer — a figure the seller reports to be since new. Undoubtedly a great choice to enjoy on tours, rallies, or the show circuit, 14871 is a wonderful example of the classic and striking 365 GTC/4.

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Please not this vehicle is titled as model year 1972.

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