1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 @ Russo and Steele

When you look back at the history of Ferrari, it seems that every car they roll out has been met with widespread acclaim and adoration. It’s a standard that only a few other car manufacturers can claim because at the heart of each and every one that has laid their eyes on a Pransing Horse, deep down, they wish they had one.

In the 60’s, one of the more popular Ferrari models to come out was the 365 GT 2+2. Taking its cues from previous Ferrari models – most notably the 250 GT and the 330 GT – the 365 infused the features of the prior models to make a car that is both mouth-watering and awe-inspiring at the same time.

The 365 was first unveiled at the 1967 Paris Salon and was instantly befitted the title of ‘must-have’ among car enthusiasts all over the world. The 365 improved on the stylish aesthetics of the 330 and the limited edition 500 Superfast. What added to the appeal of the 365 was its exclusivity, with only 800 units being made – half of Ferrari’s total production of 12-cylinder cars made that year. The 365 GT also comes with the distinction of being only the second-ever 4-seater Ferrari the company has made.

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As a 4-seater, the 365 GT is surprisingly roomy, considering its reputation as a sports car first and everything else second. The back seats have enough room to be sufficiently comfortable – a characteristic that the 365 GT worked hard in incorporating. It also includes all the necessities a car of this caliber can provide, including power steering, electric windows, leather interior, power-assisted brakes, full carpeting and optional air-conditioning. Considering that this was made back in 1970, the 365 GT was, and is still, considered ahead of its time.

In addition to the plethora of features that the 365 GT provides, the car is also outfitted with the type of powerful engine only a manufacturer like Ferrari can provide. Under the 365’s hood is a Columbo-designed single-overhead cam 4390cc V-12 engine with three Weber Weber carburetors. The engine is capable of churning out an impressive 320 horsepower with a zero-to-sixty time of only seven seconds and is more than capable of running up to 150 mph. Likewise, the car’s front and rear suspension comes with transverse parallelograms and coil springs suspension, plus top-quality Koni hydro-pneumatic load-leveling shocks specifically placed in the rear.

This particular Ferrari is restored in full-detail and comes with an extensive service history, which includes complete documentation and a full list of receipts, including one where the car went an engine overhaul courtesy of no less than Bob Wallace. In addition to the engine rebuild, the 365 also went through 130 hours of complete – inside and outside – detailing, giving the car the newly-minted look it brings out. This 365 GT model even comes with four authentic 70’s Michelin XWX tires clamped on original Borrani wire wheels.

While it seems that great lengths were taken to restore the classy look of 365 GT, the car’s interior was also befitted with a list of reconfigurations to give the car’s interior that authentic 70’s atmosphere. The vintage Blaunpunkt radio is there, as were the owner’s manual that comes with a pouch and warranty car, and a genuine tool kit.

This particular Ferrari, which is as close to a genuine treasure any car enthusiast can ever have- has made the rounds on a number of vintage car shows for the past 20 years – even winning a number of awards including a Gold Class Award at the 2006 FCNA Cavallino event in Indianapolis, a Platinum award at the FCNA event at the Concorso Italiano in Monterey 2008, and a "Best in Class" award - Ferrari division - at Oregon’s official state auto concours in Forest Grove 2008.

While the words ‘Ferrari’ and ‘award-winning’ have become synonymous with each other, one particular car – the 365 GT – has been awarded with a number of distinctions so many times it seems that, despite being almost 40 years old, the car still commands the same level of awe and respect as it did back in 1970.


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