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The 365 GTC/4 was sold alongside Ferrari's Daytona for 18 months between 1971 and '72 - a Coupe rather than a Berlientta as the designation would suggest. The GTC/4 arrived in March 1971 and was conceived as a more civilised version of the Daytona offering additional luggage space and two very small rear seats. Power steering was fitted as standard with hydraulic self-levelling ride height at the back. Cromodora alloy wheels were fitted as standard but Borrani wires were optionally available. the C/4's powerplant was similar to the V12 found in the Daytona. Displacement of both was 4390cc, however, the GTC/4 featured new heads, wet sump lubrication and six sidedraught Weber 38 DCOE carbs. Output of the European version was 340bhp at 7000rpm. while Performance wasn't far behind the crushingly fast Daytona, 340bhp versions sprinting from 0-60 in 6.1 seconds while a top speed of 163mph was possible. As usual, the bodywork was designed by Pininfarina, but unlike the Daytona whose shells were made by Scaglietti in Modena, C/4 panels were fabricated by Pininfarina in Turin and shipped to Maranello for completion.
Finished almost entirely from steel with the exception of alloy for the bonnet and boot lid, some commentators knocked the styling, citing its apparently 'un-Ferrari-like' appearance. Distinctive details were the matt black synthetic resin noseband that replaced traditional chrome bumpers at the front, matt black also being used for the rear bumper although this was a more conventional piece of painted steel. The cabin was completely new and featured an integrated dash and centre console that lent a very contemporary feel. It was more comfortable and refined than the Daytona and offered a good deal more luggage room. There were two tiny rear seats although these were best folded down for additional storage space. Air conditioning was fitted as standard as were cloth seat centres, a full Connolly leather interior being an optional extra.
Launched during March 1971's Geneva Salon, the GTC/4 surprisingly received a lukewarm reception with some mild negativity being directed towards Pininfarina's styling. Many journalists subsequently found that the C/4 to be a more pleasant drive than the Daytona though, making these cars overlooked gems. Production continued for 18 months, during which time just 500 were constructed of which 41 were completed to right-hand drive and just 31 of these were delivered to the UK.
This example, chassis 15543, was purchased new by its forst owner from Sytner Ferrari for an on the road cost of £9,200 and was delivered on 6th June 1972. The car is presented in its original combination of Marone Colorado with Crema Leather. The first owner retained the vehicle for some 34 years(!!) until 2006. The car retains its original leather wallet, warranty card, original parts book, warranty book for its still fitted voxson 8 track stereo and an original tool kit. The history file that accompanies this car is amongst one of the best and most complete files we have ever seen baring witness to thousands of pounds lavished upon the vehicle during his ownership - the majority of the work having been carried out by Sytner, Graypaul and more recently Shiltech. Also included with in the file are a huge collection of MOT's from over the years thus verifying its 43,000 miles from new as genuine and correct. The car remains in its original colour combination and as a result is a true time warp that simply couldn't be replicated.