There’s nothing quite like a classic V12 Ferrari!
When introduced in 1967, the Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 was the most luxurious car you could get from Maranello. Both power steering and air-conditioning where standard. Same counts for the electric windows and the interior lights. We had the opportunity to shoot our first YouTube video with this unique car.
I have never met someone who’s so full of passion about cars as René, the owner of the 365 GT 2+2. He talked us through his experience of owning a classic Ferrari since the moment he bought the car. When rolling out of the factory in 1968, the car was finished in blue with a light tan coloured interior. Unfortunately, the previous owner tucked the car away in his workshop and basically forgot about it. When René purchased the car he got himself a true project car. The once so beautiful blue paint job pulverized and even the interior needed a serious refurbishment. Not to forget the 320 bhp 4.4 liter V12 which eventually required a total revision.
Talking about that V12, it might be the best sounds my ears have ever listened to. I have always been a massive fan of Ferrari V12s, they sound so pure and menacing. Heritage is one of the biggest things when Ferrari start producing a new car. Take the ultra-rare 500 Superfast for example. That car is basically the predecessor to the 365 GT 2+2 and it features the same charm and purposes as this old green lady.
René wanted a unique 365 GT 2+2 so he took it to an Italian car specialized body shop located in Germany where this beautiful light green (Verde Medio) came to life. Previously he had purchased second hand the optional wire wheels and replaced them for the standard rims. Funny thing about the wire wheels is that they mostly fit only one type of car. So it could’ve happened that one of the wheels just wouldn’t fit. To me and especially to René these wheel add to the beauty of this classic car. Another funny thing about the wire wheels is that they were the only factory option available.
The Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 is the first Ferrari featuring KONI shock absorbers. KONI is a Dutch company specialised in performance shock absorbers. This might be a useless fact but it’s actually a special one for Dutch Ferraristas. Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, who was a well-respected client of Ferrari, convinced Enzo Ferrari to use KONI’s for his products. Ferrari is still using the shock absorbers by KONI on their modern cars. The 365 GT 2+2 was also one of the first cars using independent rear suspension resulting in a much more relaxed ride. Its predecessor, the 330 GT 2+2 used a live rear axle on leaf springs making it a less comfortable car. Compared to today’s production figures, the 365 GT 2+2 seems like a pretty rare car. It still is, but with around 800 examples built it was the bestseller of Ferrari back in the 60s and 70s.
The 365 GT 2+2 is powered by a 4.4 liter V12 producing 320 bhp. Its 0-100 km/h (60 mph) time is 7.1 seconds, but believe me, it feels a lot quicker! René once pushed the car to a speed of 220 km/h (137 mph) which is mental for a 50 year old car. The official top speed is 245 km/h (152 mph).
Spending the day with a classic Ferrari was an amazing experience. I feel very privileged to organize such photoshoots and get to know more about Ferraris thanks to passionate owners like René. Our main goal for the day was to get content for our YouTube channel which is going live in a few weeks, so stay tuned!
Update: here’s the video. Enjoy!