The arrival of the 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” in 1968 signaled a seismic shift in Ferrari’s design language. Ferrari was content with the 275 GTB/4, 330 GTC, and 365GT 2+2. However, the young and dynamic Pininfarina designer Leonardo Fioravanti thought otherwise, and he wanted to shake up Ferrari design as a new decade approached. Working in his spare time, he mocked up the crisp and muscular Daytona and showed it to his bosses, including Enzo Ferrari. Enzo was rightfully impressed and gave his blessing for the project to move forward. With the new flagship supercar taking on the likes of the Lamborghini Miura, Ferrari reimagined the rest of the lineup, replacing the luxurious 365 GT 2+2 and 365 GTC. Four-seat grand touring cars served an important role supporting Ferrari’s bottom line, so the new model needed appeal to traditional buyers, while still moving the marque forward into the 1970s.
Named 365 GTC/4, the new car drew heavily from the Daytona’s proportions with a sharp-edged, fastback profile, short overhangs, and a steeply raked bonnet. One of the most distinctive features of the “C4” was the oval, one-piece black urethane front bumper, cleverly integrated into the bodywork. This significant stylistic touch finally laid to rest Ferrari’s long-standing traditional oval egg-crate grille design, yet it never appeared on another production Ferrari. Mechanically, the C4 shared much of the Daytona’s structure with a few key differences. First, the 4.4-liter Columbo V12 got side-draught Weber carburetors to accommodate the lower bonnet line. In place of the Daytona’s transaxle, the 5-speed gearbox bolted directly to the engine – with the added benefit of superior shift feel. Engineers then added power steering, electric windows, optional air conditioning, and Koni-developed self-leveling rear dampers. While all around a softer car than its big brother, the 365 GTC/4 was a superb grand tourer, offering exceptional levels of comfort and performance. Although the performance was only just shy of the Daytona, the C4’s rakish lines limited headroom for rear passengers. Despite its strengths, production lasted a mere eighteen months, with just 501 cars leaving Maranello. Fioravanti-styled 365 GT4 2+2 (later 400i and 412) replaced the C4 after 1972.
According to the respected historian Marcel Massini, this gorgeous 1972 365 GTC/4 is an original US-market example, sold new via Luigi Chinetti Motors in Greenwich, Connecticut. Records list the color scheme as Grigio Argento Metallizzato over a black leather interior with rarely seen optional red tartan fabric inserts and red carpets. Factory options include a Becker Mexico radio, Hirschmann aerial, and air conditioning. It is believed that the first owner was Mr. Robert Moe of San Francisco, California. No doubt proud of his new acquisition, Mr. Moe registered the car on the personalized blue plates “72 GTC” and cherished the Ferrari for the next 30-plus years. After years of enjoyment in and around the Bay Area, he began the process of a light restoration, but health issues put the project on hold. Sadly, he passed away before seeing his beloved Ferrari return to the road, and in 2011, the most recent owner purchased the car from Mr. Moe’s estate. The new owner completed the restoration, carefully preserving the car’s authenticity while returning it to a fresh showroom appearance.
The restoration started with an excellent, unmolested car, and included fresh paintwork in the original shade of Grigio Argento using Glasurit paint as used by the Ferrari factory. The paint finish is beautiful, correctly detailed true to factory specs. Body gaskets and seals were replaced upon reassembly, and the optional Boranni RW 4075 wheels were rebuilt and fitted with correct Michelin XWX radials to achieve the ideal stance on the road.
Concurrently, a restoration of the distinct interior was done, using authentic materials and patterns. Using unblemished samples taken from inside the door panels, the restorers sourced the 100% wool tartan fabric from a specialist mill in Scotland in the same pattern and color as the original. The bright red seat inserts, door panel accents, and red Wilton carpets add a fantastic splash of color against the black leather and silver paintwork.
Finally, the 365 received a comprehensive service at the hands of marque specialists. The work consisted of rebuilt Koni dampers, braking system overhaul, rebuilt Weber carburetors, suspension overhaul, and numerous small details to bring the car back up to a high standard. In 2019, a California-based Ferrari specialist rebuilt and synchronized the distributors, tuned the carburetors, and performed various other minor services to dial the car in for road use.
The result of all this effort is a gorgeous 365 GTC/4 with exemplary performance. The stunning color scheme and rarely seen factory interior treatment further enhance the striking design. In addition, the generous boot, occasional rear seats, power steering, and factory A/C make it a sublime and surprisingly practical car for long-distance touring. It retains the original Becker radio, Hirschmann antenna, and Neiman factory keys. It also includes the original hardshell tool kit, jack, knock-off tool, owner’s manuals, warranty book, and safety triangle. Documentation consists of a Massini report and numerous receipts related to the restoration work.
Long considered a well-kept secret among Ferrari Tifosi, the 365 GTC/4 has finally come of age as a full-fledged, highly collectible Grand Touring thoroughbred. The softer demeanor makes it the driver’s choice compared to the hard-edged Daytona, and even as values have risen, the distinctly styled GTC/4 still represents a tremendous value in the world of Enzo-Era twelve-cylinder Ferrari GT cars.
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