Monterey | Lot 224
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 by Pininfarina
$313,000 USD | Sold
| Monterey, California
13 August 2021
- Offered from the collection of Ron Tonkin
- Finished in Metallic Mauve over a Beige leather interior
- Acquired by the consignor in late 1990
- The 125th just 501 examples produced
Penned by Filippo Sapino of Pininfarina, the 365 GTC/4 marked a sharp change in design ideology for Ferrari. Gone were the traditional swooping 1960s lines and chrome bumpers of the 365 GT 2+2; in came the sharp-edged fastback profile of the 365 GTC/4 and 365 GTB Daytona.
Under their similar silhouettes, however, the differences between the Daytona and 365 GTC/4 are notable. Whereas the Daytona was a hard-edged two-seater, the GTC/4 was aimed at enthusiasts who desired a softer grand tourer for travelling long distances. As such, power steering was installed as standard, spring rates were softened, and the transaxle gearbox installation was dropped in favor of a conventional five speed layout with an easier Borg and Beck clutch. On the inside, air conditioning was fitted as standard, and the cabin was adorned with swathes of leather and a new instrument cluster. Foldable rear seats complemented the already generous luggage space.
Under the hood, the four-cam V-12 engine produced 340 horsepower, and the carburation was changed to side-draft Webers to allow an even more raked front profile than that of the Daytona. Despite this enticing mixture of supercar performance with true grand touring capability, production of the GTC/4 lasted just eighteen months and amounted to only 501 cars.
According to marque historian Marcel Massini, the United States-specification GTC/4 offered here was completed in December 1971 and originally clad in the rare shade of Oro Kelso over a Nero Cogolo interior. It was then delivered new to a Ferrari dealer in Santa Monica, California via Bill Harrah’s distributorship. Shortly thereafter it was sold to its first owner, Hollywood producer Greg Garrison. It seems that this handsome GTC/4 was carefully enjoyed by Garrison until July 1986, when he sold its next Los Angeles-area owner then reportedly showing 15,000 miles. By November 1990, it had been acquired by Ferrari dealer Ron Tonkin of Portland, Oregon for his personal collection.
Since acquisition, this handsome GTC/4 has been rarely enjoyed, and fastidiously maintained by Tonkin’s staff. It is presented today wearing a unique and visually arresting Metallic Mauve exterior over a reupholstered beige leather interior. The 365 GTC/4 is considered by many to be a more usable iteration of the famed Ferrari Daytona, and like any four-seater Ferrari, it is an ideal grand touring automobile that combines the best aspects of Italian engineering and luxury. This example is truly one of the finest, and it would certainly satisfy any tifoso.
In preparation for sale, this handsome 365 GTC/4 has been treated to a comprehensive servicing by Ferrari Master Technicians on staff at Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. Its alluring presentation, in its unique color scheme, is surely appropriate given its esteemed ownership history from the personal collection of one of America’s most well-regarded and successful Ferrari dealers.