In 1967 at the Paris Auto Show Ferrari unveiled the 365 GT 2+2 as a replacement for the 330 GT 2+2. The car remained into production until 1971 with more than 800 units being produced all in only one version.
It was the first Ferrari to feature power steering and air conditioning as standard for the American market, as well as a spacious luggage compartment and two proper rear seats.
Like all the latest Ferrari it was designed by Pininfarina, with the cars were constructed and trimmed at their works, before shipment to the Ferrari factory for fitment of the mechanical components.
In designing the car Pininfarina took their inspiration from 365 California, but added bulkier quarter bumpers and incorporated side/turn light assemblies in the front face that were unique to this model. It also featured black plastic engine bay exhaust air louvres on the scuttle, either side of the trailing edge of the bonnet.
The 365 GT 2+2 was powered by a 4.4 liter V12 engine that delivered 320bhp at 6600rpm. With a weight of 1580kg, the 365 GT 2+2 was capable of a 152mph top speed and sprinting from 0-60 in 7.3 seconds. The engine was coupled to a 5-speed, all-synchromesh gearbox, with final drive through a propeller shaft to the differential unit, with drive shafts to each independently sprung rear wheel.
The 365 GT 2+2 was built on a 2650 mm wheel base chassis and was constructed along similar lines to the preceding model, with large section oval main tubes, substantial cross bracing, and sub-assemblies welded to the main frame to support the body, plus ancillary equipment. An innovation to this model was the self-levelling independent rear suspension, to maintain a constant ride height irrespective of load.
Thanks to new U.S. emissions and safety laws, the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 was the only Ferrari sold in America. A very interesting fact on the 365 GT 2+2: Luigi Chinetti convinced Ferrari to build him six US-spec 365 GT’s specially fitted with GM automatic transmissions during 1969 and ’70.
The car was discontinued in 1971 make way for the much smaller 365 GTC/4.