Displacement: 4,390 cc
Horsepower: 340 bhp @ 6,200 rpm
Engine Torque: 318 ft lb @ 4,000 rpm
Top Speed: 163 mph
0 - 60 mph: 6.7 seconds
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Often referred to as the 'Daytona's' poor brother, it is perhaps more correctly, the rich uncle. It utilized the same chassis, the same engine block, maintained the same wheelbase & suspension but was actually more expensive than its two-seat nephew. The principal differences being side draught carburetion (as opposed to the 365 GTB/4's down draught set up), forward mounted transmission and those two fold-down, occasional rear seats. Also, as one of only 500 built, it makes the 'Daytona' seem relatively common!
This particular car has been a long time California resident and therefore has zero rust. From an incredibly varied available palette of some 48 optional colours, the original owner, most imaginatively picked Rosso Corsa (or 'Ferrari Red' as the non-Ferraristi refer to it). This he then paired with an equally imaginative tan leather interior. Why mess with a proven formula, I guess?! Over the years, both have been redone (very well) and are consequently in excellent shape.
From a nuts & bolts standpoint, all is very much in order too. The carburetors have just been rebuilt and a full service performed. The Borrani wire wheels are freshly clothed in new rubber and even the air-conditioning, in its own asthmatic way, blows cold!
What an excellent opportunity to purchase the last (affordable) classic, front-engined V12 grand tourer that emerged from Modena.