Lot 52
1973 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Spider Conversion


Body by Pininfarina


• Professional custom conversion performed during 1987-88
• Handsome Pininfarina designed-and-built body; great V-12 sound
• Well-maintained inside and out with service invoices on file

4,390 cc light-alloy DOHC V-12 engine, six Weber twin-choke 38 DCOE side-draft carburetors, 320 HP (SAE rating), five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, ZF limited-slip differential, hydraulic four-wheel disc brakes; wheelbase: 98.5”

Conceived and built to replace both the four-seat 365 GT 2+2 and 365 GTC, Ferrari’s 365 GTC/4 debuted at Geneva in 1971. A somewhat roomier Grand Touring companion to the 365 GTB/4 “Daytona”, the 365 GTC/4 featured sleek bodywork, styled and rendered in steel by Pininfarina. The basic 4.4-litre V-12 engine of the 365 GTC/4 was shared with the “Daytona,” but equipped with different cylinder heads, wet-sump lubrication, slightly lowered compression, and six side-draft Weber carburetors for clearance underneath the low hood. Unlike the “Daytona,” the five-speed manual gearbox of the 365 GTC/4 was conventionally mounted in unit with the engine and the model incorporated a wider transmission tunnel in anticipation of the planned offering of an automatic gearbox; however, buyers waited for the automatic until debut of the subsequent 365 GT4 2+2.
Despite its stated Grand Touring mission in contrast to the harder-edged 365 GTB/4 “Daytona,” the 365 GTC/4 offered outstanding performance closely approaching its much-vaunted stablemate, with 0-60 acceleration in the 6-second range and a top end over 150 mph. Topping the Ferrari road-car line when new, the 365 GTC/4 was priced slightly higher than the “Daytona” and very popular with Ferrari buyers. The 365 GTC/4 delivered a highly enjoyable driving experience and is regarded as “the civilized brother to the Daytona” due to its power steering, more civilized road manners and quite likely the best air-conditioning system Ferrari offered. It was produced for just two years – 1971 and 1972, with as few as 500 examples manufactured according to Ferrari marque experts.

Numbered 14963 and listed in Hilary A. Raab’s Ferrari Serial Numbers Part I, this 1973 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 is an original U.S. model, finished in Anthracite and equipped with a Metric speedometer, plus air-conditioning, power windows and power steering. Following completion, it was sold new via West Coast Ferrari distributor William Harrah’s Modern Classic Motors; according to the 1975 Ferrari Owner’s Club Roster, the first known owner was Neal B. Scott of Amarillo, Texas. By August 1980, 14963 was advertised for sale with a fresh engine rebuild by FAF Motorcars and 32,460 miles. In 1982, the Ferrari was again offered for sale with a major tune-up by FAF and 35,000 advertised miles. In 1983, the Ferrari was again offered for sale, this time with a repaint in red lacquer and a new dash covering, with eventual purchase that same year by a new owner in San Francisco, who rolled the car into the sand at Turn 3 of Laguna Seca. During 1987-88, the vehicle was professionally converted to a convertible by West Virginia Classic Inc. of Clarksburg, West Virginia, with the work including the addition of substantial steel reinforcements for rigidity and a stowage compartment for the soft top behind the rear seats. The Ferrari passed through two more owners before acquisition by a new Californian owner in December 2009, who had the car professionally serviced before selling it via a broker to the current owner, who had the vehicle comprehensively serviced, with the work including a carburetor rebuild, plus attention to the wiring, fuel system and ignition.

As offered, 14693 is simply handsome, with a captivating presence suggesting the 365 GTC/4 should have been factory-available from Ferrari and the Pininfarina coachworks as a convertible when new. Iconic Borrani wire-spoke wheels and twin-tip ANSA chrome exhaust outlets provide attractive accents. The interior compartment is consistent with the rest of the vehicle, featuring inviting black leather upholstery and a wood-rimmed steering wheel. Delivering renowned V-12 performance and a soul-stirring soundtrack, this 1973 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 is even more fulfilling with its high-quality, professionally executed conversion to special custom convertible form.

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