Today’s retrospective at a classic of yesterday casts the spotlight over the Ferrari 365 GTC/4, an (unfairly) less celebrated sister to the 365 GTB/4 Daytona. Sharing the same chassis and drivetrain, the GTC/4 always seemed to live in the shadow of its illustrious sibling, released three years earlier.
Sharing the four-cam V12, albeit in a lower state, the GTC/4 was sold alongside the Daytona – shifting 500 units before being dropped. Marginally a 2+2, the GTC/4 was more practical for everyday use. It also had other benefits over the Daytona that made it a friendlier drive, such as power steering, a hydraulic clutch and a softer suspension set-up.
Despite the bodywork technically being designed by Pininafarina, the lead stylist was actually Aldo Brovarone, and not Fioravanti as usual. This probably goes some way to explaining the more conservative look. The 365 was an early entry in a career which would ultimately see him design the Lancia Gamma Coupe and the Peugeot 604 amongst plenty of others.
Nowadays, you could pick up a 365 for a third of the cost of a Daytona, with all the performance and grunt of its more illustrious sister, just minus the name…
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