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    Full Collectors’ Guide to Ferrari 365GT 2+2

    Posted in Cars on Thursday, 05 July 2018

    Collectors’ guide what you need to know about owning a top end Italian car. Royal Treatment. Does the model they called ‘Queen Mary’ qualify as Ferrari royalty, or is this four-seater Ferrari just a big bloated boat? The truth lies somewhere in between but there’s no doubting this is 1960s style and luxury personified. Story by Peter Collins. Images by Michael Ward.

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    CAR: #Ferrari-365GT-2+2 / #Ferrari-365GT / #Ferrari-365-GT / #Ferrari-365 / #Ferrari / #1970-Ferrari-365GT /

    Year of manufacture #1970
    Recorded mileage 31,481
    Asking price £234,990 Vendor Rardley Motors, Grayshott, Hampshire; tel 01428 606616; www.rardleymotors.com

    WHEN IT WAS NEW
    Price £8749 10s 4d
    Max power 320bhp / DIN
    Max torque 268lb ft / DIN
    0-60mph 6.2 secs
    Top speed 152mph
    Mpg 15

    Like all cars that seemed massive when they were new, the 365 doesn’t look quite as large as it used to. One of 70 right-hookers, it was originally supplied to Hong Kong, was repainted twice there in 1985 and came to the UK in 1986 having done just under 12,000 miles. It was then subject to various refettling works plus rechroming and a respray. The floorpans are excellent, the sill edges sharp, and there are bungs in the door shuts marked Tuff-Kote Dinol – evidence of previous rust treatment. It still presents very well, though there’s some slight crazing to the roof paint following an incident with Silly String, and one tiny run at the bottom of the left A-pillar. The chrome is still good, and straight, the alloys refinished and shod in 2003-dated XWXs, which show how little mileage it has covered in recent years. The spare matches, but is older.

    Inside, it was retrimmed from its original red in 2010, and is all still nice, with a couple of small key marks on the edge of the dash. There’s a modern face-off stereo replacing the original Blaupunkt and the clock works – a replacement in 1985 – as do the electric windows.

    The motor is clean and tidy, with cleanish oil to the minimum mark on the dipstick, though the car was standing on a slight slope, and the coolant needed topping up. It last had a clutch less than 10,000 miles ago, in 2001, and the rear self-levelling units were changed in 1984.

    It starts easily (not too much throttle!) and drives much more tightly than you’d expect, with taut suspension, decent feel through the power steering and a firm brake pedal. The 365 feels narrower than it really is, a mark of a car’s poise. The clutch and synchros all function well and it pulls up straight, though actual retardation is ’60s style. Oil pressure is healthy at just over 70psi, rising to nearer 90 with a few more revs, while the coolant temperature is steady at 170ºF, the fans cutting in at 180 when you stop. The handbrake holds well. It will be sold with the original handbook and warranty card, a replacement tool roll and a new MoT.

    SUMMARY

    EXTERIOR Resprayed 20 years ago, but most of it is still really smart
    INTERIOR Newish hide; everything works
    MECHANICALS Lowish mileage; properly fettled

    VALUE ★★★★★★★✩✩✩

    For Grand old barge in great nick
    Against Make sure that you have space; it’s almost 5m long

    SHOULD I BUY IT?

    If you want a rare classic Ferrari that really can carry the whole family – with luggage – it looks great value against a DB6
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