1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 by Pininfarina
Documents: UK V5
- One of the great Ferrari grand tourers
- Documented ownership and service history
- Includes copies of the original order and sales documentation
- Classic Pininfarina styling with 2+2 seating
- One of only 52 RHD UK-delivered cars
The 365 GT 2+2 was introduced at the 1967 Paris Salon as the most luxurious Ferrari model to date, carrying forward the growing demand for high-speed transport with accommodations for up to four passengers. Its low-slung fastback design was created and constructed by Pininfarina, and it was the first Ferrari to be equipped with standard power steering and power brakes, as well as self-levelling independent rear suspension. The interior was completed with such luxurious appointments as plush leather, lavish veneered trim panels, a wood-rimmed steering wheel (the last in a production Ferrari), air conditioning, a stereo, and standard power windows. By the time production ended in 1971, Ferrari had built approximately eight hundred 365 GT 2+2s, accounting for half of Ferrari production during the model’s three-year run.
The 365 GT 2+2 offered here, chassis number 11583, was built in July 1968 and ordered by Mr W. Andison, a director at the foundry and engineering company Tyneside Light Alloys, based in Gateshead, United Kingdom. However, before taking delivery, the exchange rate fluctuated enough that Andison chose to retract his order. As noted by the original sales documentation, copies of which are included on file, the Ferrari was finally delivered to Mr W.J. Skelly on 13 August 1968, through UK importer Maranello Concessionaries. The 2+2 was originally finished in Azzuro over a beige interior and fitted with wire wheels, costing Skelly £7,003.15.
Mr Skelly, director of Skellys, a Ford distributor in Motherwell, United Kingdom, initially intended to collect his new car from Maranello. Unfortunately, this would not be the case, and the car was flown to London for delivery. Chassis 11583 was then sold to Rob Walkers, who in turn sold the car to Andrew West. The car was subsequently acquired by Mr Alcock, of Whally Street Garage in Staffordshire. In January 1971, Henry G. Drew purchased the 2+2 and had it registered with the license plate 3 HGD. He retained the Ferrari for seven years, at which point it was acquired by Melvyn C. Baxter, of Norwich, who kept the car until October 1979. William Roger Williams took ownership of the car in 1979 for an additional six years, until May 1985, when he sold it to David Toms, a resident of Cornwall, who then registered it as 629 PH. On 17 March 1986, Michael Arkell bought the car, selling it in 1990 to Mr Paul Dupee, of London. Mr Dupee clearly enjoyed and took care of his Ferrari, as is demonstrated by the numerous service and maintenance invoices available to view on file. The car was acquired by the current consignor in 2006 and has since been shown at the 2007 Goodwood Club Meeting and Ferrari 60th Anniversary, held at the Maranello Sales showroom in Egham, United Kingdom. At the time of cataloguing, the car displayed less than 50,000 miles and was finished in the ever popular colour combination of Rosso Corsa over black.
This 365 GT 2+2 really is the ideal Ferrari grand tourer—ready to delight its driver and three very lucky passengers.