27 May 2017
1969 Ferrari 365 GTC by Pininfarina
- Chassis no. 12173
- Engine no. 12173
- Gearbox no. 58
- Single ownership for over four decades
- Retains its original interior, engine, and gearbox
- 52,500 original kilometres from new
- One of only 150 examples produced
The 88th example of just 150 365 GTCs built, chassis number 12173 is a truly compelling example of one of Ferrari’s greatest grand tourers. It was acquired by its current enthusiast owner in 1973 from Peter Rosenmaier and has remained with him ever since. Employed by the engine development department of Ford Germany for the majority of his ownership, the car’s current custodian took it upon himself to service and maintain the car, as he is a very qualified mechanic. Its current shade of yellow paint remains as it was the day it was purchased by the current owner, and the interior remains completely original, with the exception of the floor mats in the boot being replaced. Furthermore, it has been confirmed that the car still retains its original engine and gearbox.
Garaged alongside a number of other significant Italian sports cars, the car has been regularly maintained and enjoyed for its whole life, just as Enzo Ferrari would have wanted. Brian Laban, in his book, Ferrari, said of the 365 GTC, “In Ferrari terms, the 365 GTC was something of a wallflower, in production for barely a year, with only 150 examples made, and seen by many enthusiasts as boringly conservative. But those who know better cite it as one of the finest all-rounders that Maranello ever built.”
Truly a Ferrari for the sporting gentleman, an on-the-button, front-engined, twelve-cylinder Ferrari should be a mainstay in the stable of any tifosi. Boasting just under 52,500 original kilometres on its odometer, it yields numerous opportunities for its next owner as the basis for a restoration, a driver-quality car to drive and enjoy, or both.