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For Sale at Auction: 1972 Ferrari 365 in Amelia Island, Florida

Vehicle Description

Chassis No. 15933
Engine No. 00271
Transmission No. 281

Ferrari entered the 1970s with Fiat at the helm, providing the capital and manufacturing might to produce more consistent road cars that would impress discerning buyers, especially those in North America. Easier said than done. Increasingly strict safety regulations in the US mandated impact-absorbing rubber bumpers resulting in some ungainly and quickly cobbled together solutions - especially from low-volume manufacturers. The Ferrari 365 GTC/4 avoided this fate thanks to Filippo Sapino at Carrozzeria Pininfarina, who cleverly integrated these new impact strips into the car's bodywork. The overall design was a discrete and graceful shape that closely resembled the 365 GTB/4 on which it was based, distinguishable by a lower, sloping nose made possible by side-draft Weber carburetors. The similarities to the fabled Daytona didn't end there, as it also shared the same tubular space frame chassis and 4.4-liter Colombo V12, tuned to 340-horsepower with more focus on torque.

Subdued but not overly so, the 365 GTC/4 featured a number of creature comforts that took the edge off of its muscled, brutally-quick stablemate. A slightly longer wheel-base made room for additional luggage space, while other user-friendly improvements included ZF power-steering, servo-assisted brakes, and air conditioning as standard equipment. These amenities did not come at the expense of performance, as the 365 GTC/4 was capable of climbing to a top speed of 163 mph, with Road & Track noting in their review that '[it] smooth[s] out at speed, just as if the car were a thoroughbred getting into its stride.' Between 1971 and 1972, Ferrari sold 500 365 GTC/4s - nearly one-third the quantity of the Daytona - before replacing it with the 365 GT4 2+2, making it one of the rarest Ferrari models produced in the 'modern era.'

This Ferrari Classiche certified 365 GTC/4 was completed as a left-hand drive, European market example in Maranello in June 1972, and delivered new to noted Belgian Ferrari dealer Jacques Swaters' Garage Francorchamps in the dazzling Blu Ribot over Pelle Beige leather scheme it wears today. Chassis number '15933' was sold to its first owner, a Mr. Albinus of Belgium, in July 1972 before finding its way to Germany two years later, where its second owner, US Army Lt. Colonel Bill Story, was stationed with the US Army Air Corps. The Ferrari remained with Colonel Story for a remarkable 35 years, relocating with him to Georgia before entering the collection of its third owner in 2008, US Congressman John Campbell of Orange County, California. Not long after acquiring 15933, the congressman commissioned a restoration and refitting of the original leather hides which had been retained with the car. The exhaustive restoration process continued in 2015 when the car was disassembled and professionally repainted in its original factory tone at the hands of renowned marque expert Mike Regalia, along with a careful reassembly of the entire car ensuring a concours-level fit and finish of the original body panels. In August 2015, 15933 achieved the current auction record for a Ferrari 365 GTC/4 - a testament to its exceptional originality and the exacting quality of the restoration. The record-breaking result serves as further confirmation that 15933 is one of, if not the finest 365 GTC/4 in existence, evidenced by restoration invoices in excess of $300,000 and a digital file of images documenting the work performed.

The Ferrari has been preserved by its fourth custodian for the past seven years, remaining in pristine condition since the restoration, which is to say, near perfect inside and out. In addition to retaining its spectacular Blu Ribot factory color scheme, 15933 is accompanied by a Ferrari Classiche 'Red Book' certifying that the body, chassis, engine, and transmission numbers are recognized by Ferrari to match factory records. Indicating fewer than 28,000 kilometers on the odometer at the time of cataloging, this stunning grand tourer offers tremendous rarity and performance and is undoubtedly one of the most intact and correct 365 GTC/4s currently offered for sale.

Vehicle Details

  • 1972 Ferrari 365
  • Listing ID: CC-1686384
  • Price: Auction Vehicle
  • Location:Amelia Island, Florida
  • Year:1972
  • Make:Ferrari
  • Model:365
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:AM23_017
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