Ferrari 365 GT/C 4

The Ferrari 365 GTC/4 was presented  in 1971 at the Geneva Motor Show. It was intended as the successor of the 365 GT 2 + 2 and at the end a compromise between a true two-seater and a 2 + 2. Auto journalists named him contemptuously “The hunchback – Il Gobbone”. But in the rear you´ll find no real sensible seat space and he will never match on the Daytona the 365 GTC/4 sports car, even though he has a wonderfully rumbling engine sound and reached a top speed of 260 KM / h. But the once as not as really exhiting declared design, proves to be timelessly elegant and unobtrusive – like any other coachwork of Pininfarina.

Mechanically the GTC4 leans very strongly on the technique of the Ferrari Daytona. Only a few new features like a power steering, larger trunk and the laterally arranged downdraught carburettor produced were added to the 365 GTC 4. Much of the technology came from the racing engineering and was built into a 2+2 vehicle for the first time. The 320 HP strong engine origins of the Daytona, but was modified for the GTC 4. The lateral arrangement of Weber twin carburettors should reduce the overall height of the motor and allow the flat design of the front. A look under the hood always inspires. Everything is duplicated in this vehicle. The two oil filters are in the Centre of the four camshafts. The 4390 CC V 12 engine was installed relatively far back behind the front axle due to the weight distribution and the transmission had to be arranged differently. One behalf is the so-called transaxle system, i.e. the transmission isn´t adapted to the engine, but in front of the differential on the rear axle.

 

 

 

 

This also had an impact on the Interior, because a transmission tunnel wasn´t necessary. The interior fittings of the driving cabin is slightly more expensive than the Daytona. The richly stocked dashboard is already integrated into a swing with the main console, as it will be designed in most vehicles later on. The air conditioning was a standard equipment, as well as the fabric covers with the leather displacement.

The 4 in the name doesn´t stand for the 4.4 litre capacity but for the 4 overhead camshafts which are installed in all engines since the Ferrari 275 GTB/4.

Only on second glance one will find some details of Pininfarina designs, like the matt black stripe found on the front and which was used as a basis for the rear bumper and the rear lights. Another feature are the flipping headights at the front and the typical Ferrari round lights at the rear – there are six in number.  48 different colors and ten variations for the Interior could be selected for ordering.

The Ferrari 365 GTC/4 was only built from the autumn 1971 and early 1972 with the serial numbers 13143-17237. Many of the 505 built cars were delivered to the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

Technical data: Ferrari 365 GT/C 4
Engine: V-12 engine with 4 overhead camshafts
Displacement: ccm 4390
Cooling: Water
Bore x stroke: 81 x 71 mm
Compression ratio: 8.8: 1
Mixture formation: 6 Weber 38 DCOE carburettor
Lubrication: Print circulation
Performance: 345 Horsepower at 6200 RPM
Maximum speed: about 262 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: K.a..
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission
Voltage: 12 V
Suspension front: Independent suspension, a-arms, coil springs
Rear: Independent suspension, a-arms, coil springs
Body: Steel body
Brakes:
Front: Disc brakes
Rear: Drum brakes
Dimensions:
Wheelbase: 2500
Height: 1270
Width: 1780
Length: 4570
Track width front: 1470
Track width rear: 1470
Weight: approx. 1450 kg
Year of construction: 1971