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As the largest, most luxurious, and best-equipped Ferrari to date, the 365 GT 2+2 debuted at the 1967 Paris Salon as the successor to the 330 GT 2+2. Cloaked with a sleek body designed by Pininfarina, the new 365 GT 2+2 was also constructed and upholstered at Pininfarina in Turin, with installation of the mechanical components and final assembly at the Ferrari factory in Modena.
Riding upon a 2,650-millimeter wheelbase, the 365 GT 2+2 was the first Ferrari to be equipped with standard ZF power steering and power-assisted brakes. It also marked the company’s first 2+2 model with a self-levelling independent rear suspension – by Koni – to maintain a constant ride height regardless of the passenger and luggage load. Handling was excellent with fully independent underpinnings, marking a first for a Ferrari 2+2 model.
The 4.4-liter Tipo 245 V-12 engine featured a single overhead camshaft per cylinder bank with induction via triple dual-choke Weber carburetors. Ignition was a Marelli-Dinoplex system with twin coils and transistorized distributors. Rated at 368 bhp under the SAE and 320 bhp (DIN) at 6,600 engine revolutions, the 365 GT 2+2 was an ideal Grand Touring car.
In 1969, Bill Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors supplied Road & Track editors with a 365 GT 2+2 for a comprehensive road test report published that November. While famously dubbed the “Queen Mother” in the article, the 365 GT 2+2 was summarized as “…a superb all-around car.” Above all, it provided athletic performance belying its size, including acceleration from rest to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and a 14.7-second quarter-mile time en route to a 152-mph top-end charge.
The heady performance of the 365 GT 2+2 was matched by luxurious interior appointments including plush leather upholstery, richly veneered wooden trim panels, the last wood-rimmed steering wheel to grace a production Ferrari model, and standard power-operated window lifts. By the time production ended in 1970, Ferrari had built just 801 examples of the 365 GT 2+2 . While small in number, the 365 GT 2+2 was a great commercial success, accounting for about half of total Ferrari production during its brief three-year run. It was also the last luxury-oriented, 12-cylinder Ferrari until the debut of the 456 GT in 1992.
Bearing Chassis number 13659, this example benefits from a recent cosmetic, interior, and mechanical restoration including the suspension. The engine received a top-end overhaul encompassing the carburetors, valve stems, motor mounts, gaskets, seals, and hoses. A new clutch and pressure plate were installed. The air-conditioning system received a new compressor, filter, and expansion valve, plus all new hoses and lines. A new exhaust was installed including hangers. The suspension has new bushings and shocks front and rear. A new exterior finish and new interior provide the finishing touches. A highly collectible vehicle and rare today as one of just 801 built, this 365 GT 2+2 has covered just 38,000 original miles (62,000 kms). As such, it marks a great example of Ferrari’s most important Grand Touring car of the late 1960s/early 1970s.