Before mid-engined sports cars became all the rage, Ferrari's flagship cars were front-engined grand tourers powered by glorious V12 powerplants. As we know, Ferrari's GT cars were sold to simply create profits to fund Enzo's real passion, motorsports.
The 365 GTC/4 was no exception. A beautiful two-door coupe that was comfortable enough to take cross-country and one of the last grand touring coupes for a few decades from the Italian brand to carry the famed fastback body style.
The 365 GTC/4 is the sister car to the well-known 365 GTB/4 "Daytona," with the key difference being a longer wheelbase (stretched by four inches) and additional seating for rear passengers.
The GTC received its own dashing good looks penned by Pininfarina. Steel covers in the nosecone retained the hideaway headlamps with an integrated bumper (a first for Ferrari!). A sweeping low-profile hood followed by sharp creases that continue along the glasshouse.
At the rear, a blacked-out center panel compliments a trio of tail lights. Leather covers most of the interior and received other luxury features such as air conditioning and power windows.
Under the aluminum hood resided a 4.4 litre version of the Columbo V12. The 12 cylinder uses four camshafts to actuate the twenty-four valves (hence the 4) and six side-draft Weber carburetors (as opposed to the Daytona's down-draft setup) to provide better clearance for the low hood line and change throttle response.
The Columbo produced 340hp and could achieve a top speed of 260km/h (162mph). An ANSA exhaust system with quad tailpipes exiting towards the sky emits the harmonious sound of the Columbo.
The steel tube spaceframe uses double-wishbone suspension at all four corners with coil springs and six shock absorbers (two at each corner in the rear) with four-wheel vented disc brakes. Being a GT car, comfort was a priority so the GTC came with softer spring rates than the Daytona and even received hydraulic power steering.
The GTC used unique 15" cast magnesium wheels with steel knock-off centers to reduce unsprung weight. Only available during a two-year production run, there were 505 GTC/4's built before being replaced by the 365 GT4 2+2 coupe; making it one of the rarest Ferrari's from the era.