Here’s a lesser-known fact: you’re about three times more likely to see a Ferrari 365 Daytona than you are a 365 GTC/4. Just over 500 of the latter were manufactured in 1971/72, and less than 10% of these were right-hand drive examples.
Fitted with power steering and air conditioning, the GTC/4 was designed to be a fast, luxury coupe, in contrast to the ‘super’ status of the Daytona in production at the same time. It was the 456 to the 550 Maranello. The 612 Scaglietti to the 599 GTB Fiorano.
Pininfarina’s Filippo Sapino (of 1969 Ferrari 512S concept fame) was criticised at launch for the controversial design, but this is a car whose appearance has improved substantially with age. It sounds bizarre to say so, but there are elements of ‘coke bottle’ Dodge Charger in here – and not unattractive ones – that led to its contemporary nickname of “the humpback”, but that in hindsight arguably balance the height and shape of its glasshouse rather well.
Another unfair criticism of the GTC/4 was that it was underpowered. Sure, it was 15-20bhp down on the Daytona and about 200kg heavier, but a 163mph top speed in an early 1970s car could never be called slow.
I remain baffled as to why this model is so undervalued in the market, particular as its big brother has seen such massive gains in the last six years. The GTC/4 is arguably a ‘Junior Daytona’ in all but name, but instead of knocking on the door of £300,000, very good examples are around a third of that. If you’re prepared to foot the bill for some TLC, you could snap one up for around £70,000, but if I had the money to spend, this superb example with Rardley Motors might be the pick of the bunch.
Is the Ferrari 365 GTC/4 undervalued?
Should the best examples be trading hands for nearer £200,000?
What other cars should be profiled in the ‘Undervalued’ section in the future?