Introduced to the public at the 1971 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari 365 GTC/4 is a short-lived sports car model that was produced from 1971 to 1972. With only around 500 units produced, this vehicle was considered as the successor of the Ferrari 330 GTC. Much like its predecessor, the 365 GTC/4 was refined yet it was also comfortable and easy to drive. However, since it was a new model, it was packed with a lot of improvements and upgrades compared to its roots, For instance, this four-passenger car was roomier than other models despite its shorter wheelbase. Also, flipping down the rear seats provided more cargo space, making it ideal even for everyday use. Here’s a quick glimpse into the two-year run of the Ferrari 365 GTC/4 from its development until its end.
Design and development
The design for the 365 GTC/4 was created by Chief Stylist Aldo Brovarone of the Italian car design company Pininfarina. The 365 GTC/4 that he created noticeably had a shorter wheelbase compared to other Ferrari GTC models. And apart from that, the 365 GTC/4 also had a relatively lower and sloping roofline, a swooping fender line, and flush-fitting glass, which gave it a unique look.
Body style and appearance
Even if the Ferrari 365 GTC/4 was technically considered as a four-passenger car, it was also considered as a 2+2 coupe. A closer look at its chassis, engine block, wheelbase, and suspension will also reveal that it was made up by the same ones components that the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona carried.
When it comes to the 365 GTC/4’s powertrain, it was equipped with a powerful 4.4 Colombo V12 engine, which utilized two valves per cylinder and dual overhead camshafts. The dual overhead camshafts aligned the valves, making them perpendicular to the cams. And deviating from former Ferrari engine designs, the Colombo V12’s valve angle was also reduced by 3 degrees, making its head more compact.
Ease of use
One of the things that set the Ferrari 365 GTC/4 apart from other models created by the brand was the ease that it provided on the road. It was also very comfortable, which made it perfect for daily drives. The driving comfort that it provided can be credited to its soft spring setup, power steering, power brakes, and self-leveling independent rear suspension. All these features made driving the model a walk in the park. But apart from its under-the-hood components, its cabin was also packed with several features that may seem simple, but ultimately makes or breaks someone’s driving. For instance, it had superior heating and ventilation inside, which drivers enjoyed and appreciated a lot.
The 365 GTC/4 was only produced until 1972, which made it very unique. It was succeeded by the Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2, which was a 2+2 grand tourer model.