1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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One of Ferrari’s forgotten children, the 365 GT4 2+2 offers vintage V12 ownership for a fraction of its more desirable stablemates.

Ask a collector about the Ferrari 365 and they’ll instantly gravitate to the GTB/4 Daytona as the holy grail of the line. A success of the time and a classic that to this day is enduring increasing praise (and appraisal for that matter) from collectors globally.

Examples in the highest condition, frequently bring the hammer down north of seven figures on Concourse lawns around the world.

Its successor 365 GT4 BB is probably next in line of most-desirables, its angular body shape contrasting the swooping lines of the classically proportioned Daytona. Debuting at the 1971 Turin Motor show, its wedge-shaped silhouette may often be mistaken for a car ten years younger.

If you like the sound of that, hopefully you have a good accountant because you won’t get much change for $700,000 for any examples for sale currently in Australia.

So what’s next then, for a 70s redhead V12 cruiser?

Well the 365 GTC/4, produced from 1971 to 1972, is a highly regarded 2+2 grand tourer with a front engine 4.4lt V12. Based on the Daytona chassis and also penned by Pininfarina with a similar swooping roofline, it isn’t quite as beautiful as the Daytona but is often seen as the next best thing. One is currently listed for sale at a cool $479,000.

But that’s still a lot of money. Is there anything you can get for say, a modern day BMW M4, or Mercedes-Benz C63 money?

Well just a year after the 365 GTC/4, Ferrari launched the 365 GT4 2+2. A departure from the previous raking roofline GT cars, the GT4 2+2 was a Pininfarina three-box design, with an almost identical 4.4lt quad-cam V12 to its predecessors.

With a five-speed manual transmission, and room for four, the GT4 2+2 is often overlooked by collectors in favour of the aforementioned more desirable models. It may not carry the aesthetic weight of the other Ferraris, but that means it doesn’t carry the price tag either.

This one is listed by Oldtimer in Queensland at $135,000 and its history is extensively documented.  Value is a comparative matter of perception on a very, very large scale. But park this next to a Daytona that may cost upwards of quadruple the price, and you can hold your head up high.

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